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Man Utd boss Ferguson: Both goals were top drawer

"It was a difficult game," Ferguson told Sky Sports 1. "I don't think both teams are 100% ready but I think you get that in a Community Shield final.

"Both teams use it as a stepping stone for next week to start the season. It's always nice to win, no matter what competition you are playing.

"A lot of the players are tired but it does bring them on a great deal towards the sharpness and tempo needed to win matches.

"I thought both goals were good - Malouda took his goal very, very well. The build-up to our goal was excellent, it was a marvellous finish from Ryan."

The Red Devils begin their title defence against Reading next weekend and Ferguson expects to give his summer arrivals - including Carlos Tevez - a run-out in midweek.

"Next week at Reading hopefully we will have a stronger squad available," he added.

"(Owen) Hargreaves, Anderson and Nani will all play on Wednesday, that helps me, Tevez will play on Wednesday. We are getting closer."

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