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By Jonathan Stevenson
1715: And on that note, it's time to pull the shutters down on this particular curtain-raiser. Congratulations to Manchester United, but only a fool would rule Chelsea out of anything at this stage. I'm off to read
Paul Fletcher's match report from Wembley,
might see you soon though I reckon. Take it easy.
From neelohith on Twitter:
"Not once did Paul Scholes touch the trophy nor did he show any enthusiasm in collecting his medal. Humility at its best."
Man Utd's Dimitar Berbatov: "It's a goal like any other, but it's a good day for me, especially as we won the game. The whole team performed very well and it doesn't matter who scores, it's important we win everything. Mine's was a goal, Javier's was a goal. If the ball's in the net, that's what counts."
1709: Anyway, fans of the Premier League might like to know that the new season starts next weekend. Chelsea entertain newly-promoted West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday at 1730 BST, while Manchester United take on Championship champions Newcastle at Old Trafford on Monday 16 August at 2000 BST.
From barrymanulow on 606:
"Whilst it's too early to say the title is won already, it is looking like United will be a stronger team this year and Chelsea weaker. It was so tight last year, that should be enough to tip the balance and another title United's way."
From BlueAcrosstheWorld on 606:
"I bet those losers' medals go straight to the bin once they get in the dressing-room. But good performance. Lots to improve on and best of all no injuries! Great game to improve fitness."
From Jake, via text: "Scholes could play for another 15 years."
1700: Cheers for Manchester United's players and plenty of handshakes and high-fives as they climb the stairs at the home of English football. Nemanja Vidic collects the Community Shield from Sir Bobby Charlton and that's the 14th time they have won this particular trophy.
1658: The Chelsea players trudge up the steps at Wembley to collect their losers' medals from Gianfranco Zola.
Man Utd's Nemanja Vidic: "It's important to win, it's the last game of pre-season, and I think we did well today, especially a lot of players who haven't played much. It was important for Dimitar to score, he's been under a lot of pressure but I think he'll score more this season."
Man Utd's Javier Hernandez: "It's unbelievable to score and win this match. It's an unusual goal I scored, I kicked the ball to my face and it went in. All the team are nice people and we want to win the league. I'm so happy to be here."
1650: Full-time Chelsea 1-3 Manchester United Glorious end to the game, the best team won at Wembley. If the whole season is going to be that exciting, bring it on.
United goal: And that really is that. Magnificent way to wrap it up as Dimitar Berbatov, John O'Shea and Nani play keep-ball down their left before suddenly Nani plays a brilliantly impudent pass round a defender for Berbatov and the Bulgarian nonchalantly lifts the ball over the advancing Hilario and into the net. Stunning finish to a cracking game of football.
90 mins: GOAL Chelsea 1-3 Manchester United (Berbatov)
90 mins: We're into injury time at the end of a pretty good start to the new season at Wembley and we're due to have three extra minutes.
89 mins: The tannoy man at Wembley just announced Paul Scholes as man of the match. I'm in wholehearted agreement.
88 mins: Couple of minutes left, plus a bit of injury time I'd wager. Can Chelsea find an equaliser, or will United run the clock down? Oooh, it's tense now.
86 mins: Crikey. Daniel Sturridge collects a corner off Frank Lampard and his shot is deflected into the path of Didier Drogba at an angle, his shot finding the side-netting.
Chelsea goal: Such a dangerous score, 2-0. Daniel Sturridge has had a real impact since coming on and he drives at the United defence, slamming in a left-foot shot from 20 yards that Edwin van der Sar does really well to parry away, but only as far as Salomon Kalou, who slides in the rebound. Plenty of time left, too.
83 mins: GOAL Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United (Kalou)
82 mins: Wonderful stuff. Michael Essien plays an outrageous pass in behind the United defence for Daniel Sturridge, but inside the area and on his favoured left foot, the youngster can only forces a fine save from the right boot of Edwin van der Sar.
From carr2k1987 on 606:
"Brilliant Mexican trick there for those that don't know, the boot to the face to confuse those around is common on the streets of Mexico City..."
79 mins: Ashley Cole is taken off for Yuri Zhirkov and Jeffrey Bruma comes on for Paulo Ferreira for Chelsea, while United take Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes off and send on Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher.
United goal: That's his first goal in English football, and he won't score a clumsier or luckier one. Extraordinary. John O'Shea plays a top pass down the United right and once more Ashley Cole, who has not had his best afternoon, is out of position as Luis Valencia races through. The winger gets into the box and finds Javier Hernandez at the far post - incredibly, the Mexican stumbles and kicks the ball into his own face, watching with a mixture of embarrassment and glee as the ball rolls in and spares him complete humiliation on his debut. Game over.
76 mins: GOAL Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United
From Gallacticos87 on Twitter:
"If there's one thing we've all learned from this game, it's that Arsenal will never have a better chance to win the league."
BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge: "They look a good pairing, these two. Hasn't taken Hernandez and Berbatov long to strike up a partnership has it?"
73 mins: New boy o'clock: Chelsea bring on Yossi Benayoun, a summer acquisition from Liverpool, in place of Florent Malouda. Moments later United attack with pace down the right and Javier Hernandez on the stretch can only screw a shot wide from Dimitar Berbatov's right-wing pass.
71 mins: New boy alert. Manchester United send on young defender Chris Smalling, who signed from Fulham, for Fabio, so Jonny Evans will probably go and play at left-back for the Red Devils.
70 mins: Paulo Ferreira whips in another cross from the Chelsea right and this time Edwin van der Sar can only get fingertips on it, but at the back post, Ashley Cole cannot get hold of his shot properly and with no real power it's into the arms of the 39-year-old keeper.
68 mins: They're getting closer, Chelsea. Florent Malouda once more feeds the ball inside from the left and the time it's Michael Essien who bends a 25-yard shot just wide of United's left-hand post.
66 mins: Florent Malouda gets to the edge of the United box and feeds it right for Salomon Kalou, but his well-struck right-foot drive is too close to Edwin van der Sar and it's another comfortable save for the veteran Dutchman.
65 mins: Paulo Ferreira is bombing on down the Chelsea right just as Ashley Cole is down their left, but the Portuguese's cross is too high and that's nothing more than catching practice for Edwin van der Sar.
62 mins: How much of a difference would Paul Scholes have made to England at the World Cup? He plays another lovely pass out to the United left - he just hasn't given the ball away at all for Fergie's boys today. A masterclass of passing.
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "In purely physical terms, John Terry versus Javier Hernandez looks like something of a mismatch. However, the Mexican has shown in the space of 15 minutes enough craft, movement and deft flicks to suggest that, as I've always maintained, size isn't everything."
60 mins: Ashley Cole brings down Luis Valencia and with play stopped, Chelsea take advantage to bring on Didier Drogba for Jon Mikel Obi. The Blues also send on Daniel Sturridge for Nicolas Anelka.
57 mins: Manchester United play a free-kick quickly, Paul Scholes to Michael Carrick, who looks in good nick for a guy who won't be fit for another two weeks, and on to Luis Valencia, but his low ball is booted away by Branislav Ivanovic.
BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge: "If I had to plump for one of these teams to win the league, I'd probably just go for Manchester United. Javier Hernandez has given everyone a lift, you can see it already."
52 mins: But United, on the break, are deadly. Paul Scholes plays yet another sublime pass from inside his own half to Javier Hernandez and he tries a reverse pass into the path of Dimitar Berbatov, but it's just a fraction too strong for the Bulgarian.
51 mins: Chelsea have made much the better start in the second half and from Frank Lampard's little pass, Florent Malouda spins and shoots from 25 yards, the ball flying inches wide of Edwin van der Sar's left-hand post.
48 mins: Didier Drogba gets a big cheer from the blue half of Wembley as the Ivorian starts to go through his warm-up routine on the touchline.
BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge: "I'm looking forward to Javier Hernandez giving us something a little bit different in the second half. There is a gap to fill in the squad no doubt, so can he fill it?"
1602: Triple change for Man Utd, with Javier Hernandez, Dimitar Berbatov and Nani coming on and Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Ji-Sung Park hauled off. Back under way at a sun-baked Wembley.
1553: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is warming up on the Wembley pitch, so we might see the talented Mexican after the break. Having seen him score a cracker against Argentina at the World Cup, I'm very excited. Not enough new boys in this game for my liking so far (none).
From duff_paddy on 606:
"Valencia is top quality, and the fans love him, but would it kill him to crack the odd smile every now and again?"
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "Probably not a huge surprise that United's goal came after they exploited space in the Chelsea left-back position. Ashley Cole has been missing in action several times during the opening half - and Paul Scholes has been most adept at capitalising on his absence with several brilliant raking passes."
1546: Half-time Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United Get the teas in. A half that started with boos ends with applause as a Wayne Rooney-inspired Man Utd take a slender advantage into the interval.
45 mins: We're into one minute of time added on at the end of the first half at Wembley, after Chelsea's Michael Essien drills a right-foot shot a few yards wide from outside the penalty area.
44 mins: If you get the chance to see that goal, please take it up. Chelsea don't deserve to be losing, but Wayne Rooney's moment of magic ensures they are behind.
United goal: Does that mean the World Cup shambles was all Don Fabio's fault? Discuss. Wayne Rooney fastens on to a pass down the United right and after having a quick look to see what was going on, the England striker plays a stunning first-time ball all along the floor to about eight yards out where Luis Valencia has the simple task of slotting past Hilario. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
41 mins: GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Manchester United (Valencia)
39 mins: Chelsea struggle to clear their lines and Paul Scholes nods John Terry's header back into the Blues box, but Michael Owen is at an angle and his lofted cross drifts over Hilario and is well headed away from his own goal by Branislav Ivanovic.
37 mins: Lovely move from Chelsea down their left and they so nearly create a chance for Ashley Cole, but Nemanja Vidic gets in a vital touch after Frank Lampard tries to cushion a Florent Malouda pass into the path of Cole inside the area.
33 mins: Florent Malouda swings in a corner from the Chelsea right and a combination of Branislav Ivanovic and John O'Shea send the ball wide of Edwin van der Sar's left-hand post. Goalkick given, and even the boos have died down.
From Anon, via text: "So, 30 minutes gone and nobody is complaining about the Wembley pitch. Wow, this is new."
30 mins: United plough a corner into the Chelsea box but Paul Scholes' header is blocked, before Jonny Evans curls a cross in from the left and Hilario rises majestically to take a comfortable catch.
27 mins: The pace of the game has slowed a little, perhaps inevitably. Chelsea are seeing more of the ball, but United look pretty dangerous when they get hold of the thing.
22 mins: That's why Man Utd fans love Wayne Rooney, and why England fans probably feel short-changed, still. He gives the ball away, but works like a Trojan to get it back and stop Chelsea in their tracks. More cheers than jeers there.
20 mins: Mistake from John Terry and United nearly make him pay as Luis Valencia sends over another cross from the right, but this time Park Ji-Sung's right-foot half-volley hits Branislav Ivanovic before it can trouble Hilario.
18 mins: Paul Scholes plays a lovely ball over the top of the static Chelsea defence from just outside the area and Wayne Rooney fastens on to it, but from a tight angle on the right he slips it past Hilario and past the far post. Here's something you don't hear very often - this game doesn't need a goal, it's fine as it is.
17 mins: Cracking save. Florent Malouda whips in an inswinging free-kick from the Chelsea right and Branislav Ivanovic climbs up above Nemanja Vidic, the Chelsea man's header forcing a fabulous claw away by Edwin van der Sar in the United goal.
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "No complaints with the number of early openings as both sides look a little rusty in defence. Interesting start for Paul Scholes, who has already committed a trademark mis-timed tackle but was uncharacteristically woeful with a volley from 16 yards that looked ripe for the technically brilliant midfielder to smash into the net."
15 mins: Ashley Cole dumps Luis Valencia to the ground and has a go at the Ecuadorian, before Wayne Rooney slaughters the referee for something or other. It's so good to be back.
10 mins: Chelsea's turn to attack as Nicolas Anelka's shot is parried away low down to his right by Edwin van der Sar, and from the rebound Salomon Kalou fires the ball across goal, just too far ahead of the onrushing Michael Essien. Lively start.
9 mins: What's Ashley Cole doing? United play it carefully down their right and Luis Valencia is in miles of space to get in a cross as Cole has tucked in, and when the ball comes in, Paul Scholes can only whack a volley over.
7 mins: Oh, apparently you can't get booked today. Paul Scholes has about three yards to make up on Florent Malouda and decides he's better off lunging at the Frenchman and scything him down instead. No card, much to Carlo Ancelotti's disgust.
5 mins: Boos by the bucketload as Wayne Rooney picks the ball up inside his own half, but his diagonal pass forward catches Ashley Cole out - as the left-back stumbles and falls over, Luis Valencia is suddenly inside the Chelsea box, but his lofted shot from an angle is plucked out of the air by Hilario.
BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Claridge: "What's Michael Owen doing? It looks like he's dropping in a bit to almost mark Jon Mikel Obi. But I'm not sure what Mikel Obi is doing either."
3 mins: Fabulous atmosphere inside Wembley Stadium, there really is. Anyone would think the Chelsea and United fans have missed seeing their teams in action over the summer.
1500: Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United Less than a month since Spain won the World Cup, here we go as Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen get us under way at Wembley.
1457: Here's the national anthem, last heard in Bloemfontein in June before England were utterly smashed by that brilliant Germany side. Ah, the memories.
1455: Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is the guest of honour this afternoon and he and United great Sir Bobby Charlton are introduced to the two teams after John Terry and Nemanja Vidic lead them out at Wembley.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "I think it is an important game for both teams, because it is a very important marker for the season. It's never an easy game against Manchester United. We aren't happy because we have lost too many pre-season games. We have to win and start the season well."
1450: Chelsea v Manchester United line-ups: Chelsea: Hilario, Paulo Ferreira, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Mikel, Kalou, Anelka, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Benayoun, Drogba, Zhirkov, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Bruma. Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Vidic, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Park, Owen, Rooney. Subs: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Nani, Fletcher. Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
BBC Radio 5 live's Lee Dixon: "It won't mean that much to the Manchester United trophy cabinet, but all the players will want to win this game, they are professionals and have pride and they will want to start the season in the best possible way."
From Paul__Fletcher on Twitter:
"The comedy pantomime boos are out for John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard from the Man Utd fans. All together now..."
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: "The World Cup is probably the pinnacle of a lot of players' careers. The intensity and profile of it means it does take a lot out of them and we have to give them a proper rest. It does mean early in the season there is a little bit of risk in terms of knowing players are 100% ready to be involved in these games."
1441: One of football's most amiable characters, Ray Wilkins, was talking about Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek this morning. Here's what the Chelsea assistant boss had to say: "City have very good individuals and could challenge us for the title. But it's not easy to mould a team with so many new players." Talking of which, looks like
James Milner and Mario Balotelli are on their way to Eastlands.
From Adam Stratton, London, via text: "(See 1419) Just you I think. Only three months ago that Chelsea were finishing the season convincingly as champions by thrashing Wigan. I don't think a lots changed since then. If anyone's dropping out the top three then it will almost certainly be the inexperienced United squad."
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "No surprises in the Chelsea team as boss Carlo Ancelotti had already named his side, with Hilario in goal, Didier Drogba and summer signing Yossi Benayoun on the bench and Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda up front. Manchester United start with Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney up front, while summer recruit Javier Hernandez is on the bench."
From Michael_Essien on 606:
"Is it bad to admit that even as a Chelsea fan, I'm looking forward to seeing what Hernandez can do ? He looked awesome in the World Cup. He's going to keep Berbatov out of the side this season."
1419: Hearing some early reports that Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney are starting up front for Manchester United this afternoon. Firm that up when we can for you, probably quite soon.
From blake2108 on Twitter:
"Fully expect Drogba to come of the bench and score today. Probably the only player who likes the Wembley pitch."
From James Hunter, Manchester, via text: "Is it just me or does Chelsea's squad feel much older and past it than United's youth-invigorated squad? I really think Arsenal, United and City will contest the top three this season. Can't wait to see how this term develops!"
1409: If I know you lot, you'll be chomping at the proverbial bit to get stuck in again. The World Cup is but a glorious and distant memory, it's all about season 2010/11 now. I'm
and I'm back in my comfy seat at Television Centre after five sublime summer weeks sat a few yards up the road from Soccer City. It's 0-0 for us all, so we go again.
BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Wembley: "The sun is shining, plenty of supporters are sporting their healthy-looking holiday tans and the sprinklers are busy watering Wembley's new partially artificial surface. Yep, it is Community Shield time, as Chelsea and Man Utd look to land an early blow. I've see the odd United shirt with the name Chicharito on the back, that being the nickname of new signing Javier Hernandez. Wonder if we will see the Mexican at some point?"
1403: Thought so. A very warm welcome back to our old friend football, with the new season officially upon us. Today at Wembley, Premier League and FA Cup winners Chelsea take on Carling Cup holders Manchester United in the Community Shield.
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