Manchester United capped a remarkable comeback with an injury time winner at Wembley, giving themselves a 3-2 victory in a thriller against Manchester City in the FA Community Shield.
If the match was a sign of things to come, then the upcoming Premier League season will be the best yet.
At the end of the first half, Manchester City had claimed a seemingly unassailable 2-0. Joleon Lescott had rose above others to head in a Silva free kick in the 37th minute, and just before half-time, Edin Dzeko struck from distance with a cannonball which swerved and decieved United's new keeper David De Gea enough to draw a late reaction.
However, the manner of United's comeback in the second half was enthralling. Sir Alex Ferguson brought on Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley for Vidic, Ferdinand and Michael Carrick, influxing youth into the team.
They soon got one back when Chris Smalling met Ashley Young's free kick to volley in. However, it was United's second goal which caught the eye. Rooney, Cleverley and Nani combined with a flurry of one-touch passing and movement, and Nani capped the move with a fine clipped goal which Joe Hart could do nothing about.
Late in the game, City were drawn forward when they were awarded a free kick. Rooney hacked it clear and with only Kompany and Clichy at the back, a mistake would have been costly. That is exactly what happened though, as Nani managed to block Kompany's clearance and have a one-on-one go at Hart. He raced forward and rounded the keeper to take the Shield.
It was a scintillatiing performance from both sides and a cracker of a game.