Chelsea 1 United 3
Manchester United took the honours in the Community Shield, at Wembley, with an emphatic 3-1 win over Chelsea.
If we`re looking for omens for the forthcoming season then perhaps the fact that four out of the last five winners have gone on to win the Premier League the same season should suffice.
On a splendid summers` day, Sir Alex Ferguson sprung a surprise with Michael Carrick, previously declared as having an ankle injury, named in the starting eleven.
As previously stated, Sir Alex also used the opportunity to give Rooney, Vidic and Park places in the starting eleven although Chelsea were not prepared to risk Drogba from the off.
The first half was a pretty even affair. Chelsea had a lot of possession but were prepared to slow the action down whilst United were constantly looking for Valencia down the right flank, a ploy that paid early dividends with Ashley Cole looking a little out of sorts.
At the back Van Der Sar showed all his experience to deny Ivanovic when a header looked goal bound whilst Rooney blazed over at the other end and screwed a shot right across the goal after another attack.
The break-through though did come just before the break and it was a goal carved out of nothing by an excellent cross by Rooney that Valencia buried past Hilario. In fairness perhaps the goal came after Chelsea had enjoyed their best spell of the half.
The second half saw Sir Alex give opportunities to Berbatov, Hernandez and Nani although the atmosphere was strangely quiet inside the ground as the action got underway.
Chelsea were looking for an equaliser but once again United jolted the champions with a sucker punch after another spell of Chelsea pressure. Cole was beaten on the flank and when a ball was turned in Hernandez freakishly scored with the ball coming off his foot, hitting his head and beating Hilario.
At this point it all looked over but give Chelsea credit they forced their way back into the game when Van Der Sar could only parry a Sturridge shot and Kalou slid the rebound home. Suddenly Chelsea looked like they could snatch a draw; Drogba hit the side netting and the United defence had two moments whereby panic was the apt word as the ball was hacked clear amidst a sea of bodies.
But, with time running out, Berbatov put the game beyond Chelsea after a great passing move that seemed merely to serve to play out time before a sudden injection of pace saw Berbatov free to lob the ball over the advancing Hilario.
Wembley was suddenly half empty as the Chelsea support emptied out into the streets and it was left to United to claim the first piece of silverware for the 2010/2011 season with Paul Scholes being decreed as the man-of-the-match.
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