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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 August 2007, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Man Utd 2-2 Sunderland
Sunday, 5 August 2007


By Charlie Henderson

1710: That's that then. Not a great game, but it is more football in the tank for the players ahead of the big kick-off next weekend. You can keep up to date with all the Premier League action next Saturday and Sunday here on the BBC Sport website as well as on Radio Five Live, before catching the action in the evening on the new-look Match of the Day.

1708: Sir Geoff Hurst hands over the Community Shield to Manchester United skipper Ryan Giggs. The giant silver shield is passed down the line. Mark Lawrenson's inside line? "It's heavy".

1706: Chelsea go up first and Ashley Cole is all smiles despite the defeat. Bottle of champagne in hand for his Man of the Match performance and looking smart in his civvies, he catches Steve McClaren's eye and gets a hand shake from the England head coach.

"Good game! As a Chelsea fan I saw all I needed to suggest that Man U and Chelsea will be the top two again this year. Good movement and passing from Man U as usual, but I thought we played really well. Here's to a good season."
Moobabe on 606
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1703: Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick gives his verdict to Radio Five Live. "It wasn't the best game in the world but we won and a win's a win. But come the league and today doesn't mean an awful lot."

1701: Has there ever been a more one-sided penalty shoot-out? It was short and sweet, particularly from a Manchester United perspective. Chelsea fans were heading for the exits long before Wayne Rooney's effort was nestling in the back of the net.

Chelsea 0-3 Manchester United
Wayne Rooney scores to secure the Community Shield for Manchester United.

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
The hero of the day is Edwin van der Sar. He saves an effort from Shaun Wright-Phillips to his left.

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
Michael Carrick takes a leaf out of Rio Ferdinand's book. Low and to the left. He scores.

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United
Another save from Edwin van der Sar who goes left to palm away a poor effort from Frank Lampard.

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United
Low and in the corner from Rio Ferdinand who scores to give Manchester United the advantage.

Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United
Edwin van der Sar wonderfully saves the opening effort from Claudio Pizarro.

1658: We're ready to go in the shaded half of ther pitch.

1655: Heads up on things coming as the teams toss for ends etc. Mark Bright will be hosting 606 on Five Live from 1800 BST, you can call him on 0500 909 693, and highlights of the game are on Match of the Day from 2220 BST on BBC One.

"For a penalty shoot-out I think Chelsea will win. We only have a few good takers."
United Since Birth on 606
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"It wasn't the greatest of games, but it was better than I thought it would be. Manchester United would be more pleased over the 90 minutes, they played the better football."
BBC Five Live pundit Mark Lawrenson

1652: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
The second half never really got going and a penalty shoot-out it will be. Chelsea substitute Harry Worley was on the verge of coming on but his big moment is stopped by the referee's whistle. Crushing blow for the young fella.

1651: John O'Shea concedes a free-kick as he stoops to get on the end of Nani's corner.

1650: It's a late corner fest. We're into added time and this must be the last throw of the dice for Manchester United.

1649: What can Frank Lampard do with a free-kick on the right. Not a lot either. John Obi Mikel is booked for fouling Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester United look to break from defence.

1648: A chance for Chelsea from a corner? Not with another woeful delivery from Frank Lampard. Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar claims with ease.

1646: Another corner for Manchester United. Steve Sidwell clears Nani's effort shortly after a bizarre moment of the day. Ashley Cole is named man of the match over the PA. Understandably, the announcement receives a mixed reception.

1645: Lassana Diarra thumps a clearance long. Agricultural from the Frenchman, a reported target of Arsenal.

1644: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech flaps at the corner - not something you see very often. Wayne Rooney latches on to the loose ball outside the box and fires an effort wide of the target.

1643: A delay before the corner as John Obi Mikel limps off.

1642: Cristiano Ronaldo earns a corner for Manchester United when his run into the box and stabbed finished is smothered by Petr Cech.

1641: Substitutions and sushine are making this scrappy.

1640: Yet another change, this time for Chelsea. Youngster Scott Sinclair is on for Joe Cole.

1639: Skipper and scorer Ryan Giggs makes way for Manchester United. Darren Fletcher trots on.

1638: Cristiano Ronaldo dips into his seemingly endless reserves of energy and races down the touchline. He finds compatriot Nani, but the new boy is unable to pick out Ryan Giggs with a low pass.

1637: Patrice Evra wrestles Shaun Wright-Phillips to the ground and concedes a free-kick. A good opportunity for Chelsea as Frank Lampard lines up the free-kick on the left. Wes Brown clears and concedes a corner.

1636: Another Chelsea new boys comes on. Steve Sidwell, number nine, replaces Glen Johnson. Lassana Diarra goes to right-back.

1634: The blue-booted Shaun Wright-Phillips looks shattered as he feigns and dummies to earn space for a cross which tamely goes out after he slips.

1632: Manchester United's penalty claims fall on deaf ears. Nemanja Vidic tumbles in the box under a high ball after taking a shove in the back.

1630: There are 20 minutes left on the clock. If it is all level at full-time we will be going staright to a penalty shoot-out. Could be a lot of substitutions in the closing stages. Each team can make a maximum of six.

1629: Chelsea substitute Claudio Pizarro digs the ball out from his feet on the edge of the area and fizzes an effort wide.

1628: Shaun Wright-Phillips gets in behind the Manchester United defence on the right, but his cross is a lame one and goes straight at Edwin van der Sar.

1626: We've seen a three new faces for Chelsea today, and here comes one for Manchester United. Nani replaces Mikael Silvestre and Lassana Diarra comes on for Ashley Cole in the blue ranks. Michael Essien, a man for all positions, drops into left-back.

1625: Thrust and counter thrust is replaced by a more stand-offish approach for a while as the heat takes a toll on the players.

1623: Chelsea's turn to test Manchester United now. Shaun Wright-Phillips is looking lively in fits and starts.

"The new, mellow Jose Mourinho is up and down walking to and from the touchline to his dug-out gesticulating wildly in digust at referee Mark Halsey's decision to give Man Utd a free-kick after a foul on Patrice Evra."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Wembley

1621: Things are bubbling up nicely. Ricardo Carvalho clips Patrice Evra and it is another Manchester United free-kick, this time on the left. Cristiano Ronaldo picks out Petr Cech with the deadball delivery.

1620: Joe Cole's the man of the moment. A sliding tackle from behind on Cristiano Ronaldo raises heckles amongst those in red shirts.

1619: A mistake by Michael Carrick gifts Chelsea a chance. Claudio Pizarro releases Joe Cole. Shoot or cross? He is caught in two minds and lofts a cross from the left over Shaun Wright-Phillips.

1617: Joe Cole catches Nemanja Vidic as the Manchester United defender lines up a clearance. Vidic goes down in slow motion but is back up almost as slowly. Cole rests on his haunches for a second or two for a sly breather.

1616: Frank Lampard doesn't find a blue shirt with his corner.

1615: Here's an escape route for Chelsea. A lofted pass along the right flank has Shaun Wright-Phillips scantering to the byeline. He wins a corner off Nemanja Vidic.

1613: Manchester United are on the front foot.

1610: Claudio Pizarro comes on for Florent Malouda. The Peruvian is wearing the number 14 shirt.

1608: A fine save from Petr Cech. Patrice Evra, provider of the first goal, gallops to the byeline and picks out Cristiano Ronaldo, but his placed shot is palmed away by the scrum-cap sporting Czech stopper.

1607: Just as at the start of the match, it is slow and stately out there again. The pre-interval bite has gone.

1604: The action resumes.

1603: No sign of Claudio Pizarro yet. In fact, no sign of any substitutes so Florent Malouda must be OK after all.

"It has turned in to a decent match. Chelsea's goal came from nothing, but it was a great ball from Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda was extremely strong to hold of Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex Ferguson won't be happy with that. I'd be very surprised if Claudio Pizarro didn't come on."
BBC Five Live pundit Mark Lawrenson

"If you are a chelsea fan, you have to hope Malouda doesn't end up like Sheva, who scored in the Community Shield and turned out to be pants. Next script is for Ben Haim to avoid a red card, unlike Ballack last year."
bengstoj on 606
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"The only ones with style and flair are in blue shirts. MU, as usual when outclassed, start resorting to rough tactics."
twaysway on 606
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1547: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
A big finish to the first period. Will it carry over to the second 45? Wayne Rooney's bust a fuse which Sir Alex Ferguson will need to fix during the break, and Chelsea will be looking to fix up Florent Malouda. He's walking with a hint of a hobble.

1546: Now Wayne Rooney's mouthing off at a section of the crowd.

1545: Wayne Rooney catches Petr Cech in a tangle of arms and legs after receiving a bit of a barge from Tal Ben Haim. The Manchester United man protests his innocence, but is booked.

1543: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United
A wonderful solo goal from Chelsea's big summer signing Florent Malouda. But at what cost? The Frenchman belted into the area down the left on a turbo booster, held off Rio Ferdinand and flicked a delightful finish beyond Edwin van der Sar. However, he's down injured and Shaun Wright-Phillips jumping on the prone Malouda in celebration won't have done much to help.

1542: Corner to Manchester United. Michael Essien heads clear at the near post.

1540: Manchester United easily hold Chelsea at bay, before slowly advancing back into Blues territory.

1539: The goal hasn't exactly sparked this game to life, but Chelsea are pushing and showing a tad more purpose.

1536: Chelsea have only won this match when a male solo artist has been on top of the charts - Slim Whitman (1955), Robbie Williams (2000) and James Blunt (2005). Clearly Keri Hilson's role in Timbaland's 'The Way I Are' is counting against them.

"How much does this game mean? Well, a lot apparently. Just ask the United fans who roared their delight at Ryan Giggs' goal. Didn't see many touchline stewards turn their heads to see the action...they're a tough bunch to please.
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Wembley

1533: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United
The Chelsea wall defends the free-kick well, but is rounded at the second attempt. Cristiano Ronaldo stabs a ball forward to the overlapping Patrice Evra on the left and Ryan Giggs turns his cross high into the net.

1531: A yellow card for Tal Ben Haim as he runs across Wayne Rooney to halt the Manchester United man's surging progress forward.

1527: Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo link up well. The former picks out the latter on the right and Glen Johnson diverts the low cross behind. It is the faintest of touches, with Mikael Silvestre in close attendance.

1525: Nice. Florent Malouda whips the ball in from the left and Michael Essien and Jon Obi Mikel get glancing headers to the ball. Not enough glance to divert it on target.

1524: A free-kick for Chelsea, what can they muster?

"People go on about our Ronny diving but I don't think I've seen a Chavski player to stay on their feet in a tackle yet!"
geezerManiclad on 606
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1521: That seems to have got things going again. Wayne Rooney's effing and blinding at the referee and Shaun Wright-Phillips is down after a clash with Michael Carrick.

1519: A first chance and it goes to Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo is on the charge again and doesn't step on the ball this time. He finds Ryan Giggs in the area, but Petr Cech blocks the effort.

"That's 19 minutes of nothing so far."
Mark Lawrenson, BBC Five Live pundit

"The stewards near the touchline have to sit with their backs to the action as they keep an eye on the crowd. They're not missing much at the moment."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Wembley

1515: Cristiano Ronaldo's still a bit rusty. In space, racing up the right on halfway, he treads on the ball with one of those trademark stepovers.

1512: John Terry's ditched the suit and is in T-shirt, shorts and flip flops now. For any late comers, the England captain's is not playing because of a medial ligament injury that will rule him out for four weeks.

1511: There's a bit of bite. Wayne Rooney barges over Ashley Cole as they chase a pass over the top and then hurdles over his prostrate England team-mate. Cole slaps out petulantly at Rooney's buttocks in response.

1510: All very sedate.

1508: Chelsea have made a tactical error here. They're wearing suits on the bench and it is all too much for John Terry, who ducks down the tunnel to take his jacket off and reveals a sweat-soaked shirt. Manchester United have played a blinder on the bench. Sir Alex Ferguson's in T-shirt and shorts.

1507: Glen Johnson needs some treatment after a slipshod sliding challenge. No more injury woe for the Blues though. He's back up on his feet after a bit of treatment.

1505: Shaun Wright-Phillips is on the charge, but nothing comes of it. A first flurry of real action and a cup of water almost goes belly up all over the keyboard in the excitement of it all.

1503: Well, while it may be better than that FA Cup final it is not exactly a rip-roarer. Bear in mind May's match set a very low benchmark.

"Nine am in The English Pub in Naples! Football is back, United are stronger! Let's get going Reds!
Paul & Vicki on holiday in Florida, with a pint each, via text on 81111

1500: Half the pitch is in bright sunshine, the other half in shadow. The players are just getting going. BBC Five Live pundit Mark Lawrenson reckons it's already better than that FA Cup final in May despite the "stifling" heat.

1459: The clock has not ticked round to the hour but referee Mark Halsey has had enough of this and gets things going. Wayne Rooney and his Manchester United captain Ryan Giggs get the ball rolling.

Chelsea: Cech, Johnson, A Cole, Ben Haim, Carvalho, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, J Cole, Malouda, Wright-Phillips.
Subs: Cudicini, Sidwell, Pizarro, Sinclair, Diarra, Worley, Hilario. Manchester United: Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Brown, Carrick, O'Shea, Silvestre, Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs.
Subs: Kuszczak, Nani, Pique, Fletcher, Bardsley, Martin, Eagles.

1458: Everyone's ready. They're standing over the ball.

1456: Folrent Malouda's sporting the number 15 shirt and defender Tal Ben Haim is in 22. And while he is not a new boy, Wayne Rooney is showing off a new number this season. The striker is Manchester United's new number 10.

1455: Anthem sung, handshakes done, let's get it on. They seem massively ahead of schedule her,e so the next five minutes could drag with a bit more wariming up before the start.

1452: Here they come. A grand welcome.

1451: The players are in the tunnel. Chelsea in traditional blue and Manchester United in traditional red with white shorts. Injuries in the Blues squad are spreading to the mascots. The little lad flanking Frank Lampard has his arm in a sling.

1450: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gives referee Mark Halsey a firm handshake before taking his seat on the touchline nice and early.

1444: It's a fagot of drummers for anyone interested. If you learn nothing else from the day, take that with you. They're still bashing out the beats and now there's a number of footballing tricksters out on the edge of the centre circle keeping the ball airborne with deft touches and nimble footwork. Any ideas for their collective noun gratefully received. BritishIsBest suggests Brazilians as the collective noun for skillful footballers.

1443: What's the collective noun for drummers? Whatever it is, that's what's entertaining the crowd with 15 minutes to go until the start.

1438: No Arjen Robben for Chelsea. Does that mean he's heading to Real Madrid? The Sunday papers certainly think so, and this will add to the speculation. Injured midfielder Michael Ballack is also off to the Spanish capital, so they say.

"Oh dear. I think Terry is becoming eligible for the label: Injury prone. I guess Chelsea were right to sign two new centre-backs."
cufc_agg on 606

1433: Chelsea are in a circle, left arm on the shoulder of the bloke next to them and right arm flexing the right leg. It is begging for someone to jump out of the ring so they all go down like dominoes.

1432: The players are out warming up. Just stand on the sunny side of the pitch and that should be job done for the lot of them. It is baking out there.

Seems Chelsea are not playing with a recognised striker so Florent Malouda will start through the middle, probably inter-changing with Joe Cole as the match goes on. United have loaded the deck with a host of defensively-minded players.

Chelsea: Cech, Johnson, A Cole, Ben Haim, Carvalho, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, J Cole, Malouda, Wright-Phillips.
Subs: Cudicini, Sidwell, Pizarro, Sinclair, Diarra, Worley, Hilario. Manchester United: Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Brown, Carrick, O'Shea, Silvestre, Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs.
Subs: Kuszczak, Nani, Pique, Fletcher, Bardsley, Martin, Eagles.

"Without Terry, Chelsea are fragile in defence."
Violent_Vinny on 606

1422: More news on John Terry - and it's not good. The England and Chelsea captain, who is now the highest paid footballer in the Premier League earning a reported 135,000-a-week, damaged medial ligaments in his knee in training and is out for four weeks.

"What the hell is the football season doing opening on 5 August anyway. How about 5 July? That's a six-week holiday, more than most people."
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"Chelsea keeper Peter Cech comes out to cheers, clapping and whistling from the Blues fans while the United contingent throw in some boos. The roles of the fans are reciprocated when United stopper Edwin van der Sar comes out. Lovely. Football's back and don't you just love it.
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Wembley

"Expecting a much better game than the lacklustre FA Cup final. United to win 3-1 and Fergie to have a jumping fit at the second goal."
KoldFire at Wembley via text on 81111

1409: For all those banking on Didier Drogba to score today, he's not playing. That does for Yawboadi's "Operation sweep all trophies". He had Chelsea down to win 2-0 with goals from the Ivorian and Shaun Wright-Phillips. No John Terry either.
606: Comment, create, debate

"United can easily win. No injuries for United, but to me Chelsea are still unstable behind doors."
Edmund, via text on 81111

This is a chance for Chelsea fans to have a look at new boys Florent Malouda and Tal Ben Haim. Manchester United include none of their summer signings. More details as soon as.

1400: Five Live commentator John Murray was here in 2000 and warns all those writing this off as a non-event to think back. "Chelsea, the scamps, did what ever they could to get Roy Keane sent off and he did get sent off." For a walk down memory lane have a click on the report below.

1354: These clubs have met twice before in the Community Shield - or the Charity Shield as it was back in the day. Chelsea won 2-0 in 2000 when the match was last contested at Wembley. Three years earlier Manchester United edged proceedings on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

1348: Chelsea are now in the house as well, filing in resplendent in team suits.

"There's a liberal sprinkling of fans around a sun-drenched and magnificent-looking Wembley stadium. They've got the cameras out with some of the stewards having to double as photographers as fans get that all important "I was there" picture. Some mild applause from the United faithful as their players are shown entering the stadium."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera at Wembley

1343: An anonymous texter believes Manchester United are going to break that run of poor form in front of goal today. "It will be very tight. United to win 2-1." To get involved via your mobile phone get in touch on our number - 81111.

1340: More bad news for Manchester United. They have never scored more than a single goal against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. They last hit the back of the net more than once in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in August 2002.

1334: Jose Mourinho's Chelsea boast a tremendous record against Manchester United. The Portuguese has overseen five wins in nine matches and has lost just once. Never mind Mourinho, United have won just once in 11 games against the Blues.

"Easy lads. Ignore all the hype by the media as it'll be a kickabout as it's meaningless."
g9mccle on 606
606: Comment, create, debate

1322: And back to Mark Lawrenson. The BBC Sport pundit is already in situ at Wembley and reckons: "It will be one of those days where nothing happens, or everything will. There will be no middle ground."

1317: Finally, some decisive evidence. Under cross examination Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is under no illusions it will be a competitive encounter and crucially adds: "It will be a better game than the FA Cup final as there was possibly tiredness from both teams." It could be worth sticking with after all.

1313: Now we call Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke to the stand: "When you play someone like Manchester United, one of our main rivals for all the trophies, it gives the match an extra meaning. We want to win it and I'm sure they want to win it as well." To borrow bioChelseaW's phrase, "interesting, not compelling".

1309: Will it be an improvement on their last meeting? Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, for the defence we present 1999_finesthour: "It'll be better than the FA Cup final, that's for sure." And for the prosecution, step forward bioCHelseaW, who thinks we may as well get our coats and pack up for the day: "I doubt it'll be much better. Interesting, not compelling."

1304: BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson described that match as a "good advert for cricket". Good weather for cricket at Wembley today. Blue skies. Bright sunshine. Happy days.

1300: It's just 78 days since Chelsea and Manchester United locked horns at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Here's hoping they'll put on a better show this time around.

"It will be an open affair because neither team will be too worried about losing. Man Utd to win 2-1."
pocketpitbull on 606

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