Leading 2-0 at halftime, it looked like Manchester City had the FA Community Shield in the bag, but then Manchester United came back to show the Citizens why they are champions. Sure, the match is just a glorified friendly, but it meant something to City, who are trying to prove that they are actually title contenders and not just high-spending wannabes. That's what made United's brilliant second half hurt the Citizens that much more as the Red Devils scored three times after the break for a 3-2 win at Wembley.
Both sides came out with more intensity than you would expect for a friendly, but the rivalry between the two teams carried over. Edin Dzeko took offense to a tackle by Nani and the two ended up in a shoving match. Micah Richards was lucky not to see red on a poor tackle and Patrice Evra came dangerously close to committing a foul in a clear scoring opportunity so there was no shortage of action for referee Phil Dowd.
United were the better side early on, but it was City who scored first. After Evra fouled Dzeko, the Citizens had themselves a free kick in a dangerous position. David Silva whipped in a beautiful ball to the top of the six-yard box where it found Joleon Lescott. The defender finished and City were up.
Just before halftime Dzeko doubled City's lead. He found some space in the center and with no United defender bothering to close down he had a ambitious go at goal. It was a hard, low shot, but one that David de Gea should have saved. The new United signing failed to react to the darting ball and poorly let it in for City's second of the match.
United's equalizer could not have been prettier. Wayne Rooney, Nani and Tom Cleverley combined for a gorgeous passing sequence just 30 yards from goal, full of back heels and clever short balls. Eventually Nani was in alone on goal and chipped hom the equalizer to complete the beautiful goal.
The match looked destined for a draw, even if United were mesmerizing all half. They had their great plays and chances, but none finished so the 2-2 draw was on. That is until injury time when the City defense failed. Rooney was defending a City set piece and just booted the ball out. It bounced to midfield where Vincent Kompany thought Gael Clichy would gather it and Clichy thought Kompany would gather it. Eventually Kompany tried to get it away, but Nani got there first, got past a flummoxed Kompany and was in alone on goal. He rounded the keeper then finished in the empty net and the comeback was complete as United went ahead for their 3-2 victory.