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After sampling the delights of Canada, America, Mexico and Ireland, its back to dreary old London for the Community Shield this Sunday as we take on our rivals, Chelsea, for the 2010 Community Shield, in the last friendly before the season starts proper next weekend.

Vital Quotes:

The key to success on Sunday could lie down the flanks and our Portuguese winger, Nani, is relishing the chance to return to the stage where he opened his United account for last season.

Speaking about facing Chelsea he had this to say on the eve of the game,

"Everybody is excited with me because they didn`t know if I could be the player everyone expected."

"People doubted my quality when I arrived from Sporting Lisbon but perhaps my performances against Chelsea have been my answer to those people - my personal revenge if you like."

"Chelsea are exciting opposition for me. I`ve played some good matches against them and also scored in the Community Shield last season."

"So to begin the season against them again with the chance of winning a trophy is terrific."

Chelsesa Team News:

Chelsea enter the fixture with their squad in a similar state to ours. The London club also have a raft of players back from World Cup duty who are not fully match fit and who will probably be using the Wembley fixture to edge close to that goal.

The current Champions of England and FA Cup holders (god that hurts to type that) are without the injured Petr Cech, Alex and Jose Bosingwa and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has taken the unusual step of naming his starting eleven two days before the game.

Chelsea will line up as follows -

Hilario, Ferreira, Terry, Ivanovic, A.Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Essien, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda.

We understand Didier Drogba, who recently had surgery on a groin problem, will be on the bench.

Player to watch: Nicolas Anelka

It`s interesting to see that the original preparatory of the French fracas is include din the Chelsea side whilst Patrice Evra, who gave Anelka such support, has only just returned to full training. He may be getting on in years but Anelka can still change a game in an instant with a smart finish.

United Team News:

Sir Alex has had to alter his plans slightly. After declaring that he wouldn`t be using his World Cup stars the realisation seems to have hit home that they need valuable match practise and this is the ideal stage for them to get just that.

Not available for selection are long term injury victims Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Anderson whilst Michael Carrick is not available after picking up an injury in Dublin joining Gabriel Obertan on the list of those injured in pre season.

Also not available is Patrice Evra who was given extended leave after the World Cup whilst the Silva twins are not available after picking up a bout of food poising recently.

Player to watch: Wayne Rooney

The lad had such a dismal World Cup and being pictured urinating in the street and having a fag on the go may just be the incentive Wayne needs to get his act together and get United off to a winning start in England.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season the same two clubs feature din this fixture and we managed t throw away our chance of taking the shield back to Old Trafford after losing in a penalty shoot-out. Mind you I`d rather do it in the Community Shield than in Moscow wouldn`t you?

The two League fixtures last season saw Chelsea take advantage of some poor refereeing decisions to beat us on both occasions, results that, in the end, tipped the title in their favour.

I`m not sure if Wembley is the place to take our revenge, I`d prefer to save that until next May when, once again, we lift the Premier League crown.

Ref Watch:

Mr Marriner will take charge I believe.

Match Prediction:

It`s noticeable that Chelsea have lost three on the trot in pre-season and have been shipping goals they wouldn`t normally do. They appear to have stand-in keepers that are prone to error and I`ve a feeling Wembley will provide the perfect stage for us to embarrass the current Champions and the key to success could be down the left flank where Ancelotti is fielding Ferreira instead of the player the professionals voted as the divisions best, Ivanovic. Perfect for Nani we think to wreak havoc. United will win 3-1!

Next Fixtures:

We start the 2010 / 2011 Premier League campaign with a home fixture against newly promoted Newcastle United a week on Monday.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Saturday August 7 2010
Time: 1:28PM

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i think the player to which is Chicharito if he plays, the kids a star already. chicha will be a legend here in no time and i for one look forward to hm scoring for fun. now i know we will beat chelski tomorrow, they only beat us last yr becaue of the ref and stole our title because of refs and our massive injury list. tomorrow is different, we might have guys down, but we will wn the community shield and we will take back our premier league title, i gurantee it.
Fergie is GOD.
07/08/2010 13:58:00
nice work redboy.... tomorrow's game will be interesting. Nani could give ferriera nightmares but i'm not sure who plays LB for you guys tomorrow.... Btw FergieIG i'm gonna ignore the above comment and request you to grow up and get over it
07/08/2010 15:40:00
@maka4chelsea I think O'shea will play LB. @Fergie is GOD Please don't mention Premier League is our own. It belongs to to whoever takes the most points. We don't have any God given right for the cup. But sure hope we win it back this year
07/08/2010 16:38:00
Don't underestimate Ferreira , he has knack of getting a good game against his own countries players , remember CR7 a certain years back.
07/08/2010 17:21:00
You guys are more fit but we should atleast be able to control the midfield.
07/08/2010 22:32:00
Can truly go either way.
08/08/2010 00:28:00
i am not too confident tbh lol
08/08/2010 07:40:00
If midfield vs midfield is seen then mikel Essein Lampard Malouda are better in comparison to what you lot are going to field .
08/08/2010 09:25:00
essien, lampard, malouda better than what we have, what drugs you been on mate. if we play the legends giggs and scholes we already have better players on the pitch thsn your entire squad, then their is fletcher, park, carrick who are atleast equals so dont start givng it all that as you dont have one guy better than what we have.
Fergie is GOD.
08/08/2010 10:06:00
than there is gibson, obertan and cleverley who are 3 extremely talented kids. let alone we have the superior defence with vidic, ferdinand, neville, rafael, fabio, evra, oshea, brown and now smalling. vandersar is better than cech, kuszczak is better than hilario. berbatov and owen are as good as your forwards. chicharito and macheda are world class stars in the making. not anywhere are you better, cech, lamps, drogba, essien, malouda, a.cole are good but not better and the rest are not even close.
Fergie is GOD.
08/08/2010 10:16:00
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