FA Community Shield 2010 Winner Manchester United

Manchester United delivered an early blow to rivals Chelsea with a 3-1 victory over the Premier League champions in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

Alex Ferguson’s players have spent the off-season licking their wounds after being pipped to the title by the Blues, but they underlined their determination to regain the crown with a ruthless display in the annual curtain-raiser to the English top-flight season.

A first-half goal from Antonio Valencia put United in front, and new signing Javier Hernandez added the second after the break.

Salomon Kalou got one back for Chelsea, but Dimitar Berbatov’s late chip ensured United have the momentum heading into the new season.

Berbatov’s goal was the product of a 20-pass move. ”It’s my first goal of the season, so it’s a really good day,” the Bulgarian said. ”Now we will celebrate and wait for our first league game against Newcastle next week. We have a great team spirit, we are like one big family.”

This might have been a friendly, but there was definite edge to the match as these two old rivals tried to land a psychological blow before the Premier League kicks off on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney had been one of England’s most disappointing performers in South Africa, but back in a United shirt he rose above the jeers with a vintage performance.

Inevitably, he played a key role in United’s opener in the 41st minute, hitting a low, first-time cross into the box for Valencia to lift over Chelsea keeper Hilario.

That was Rooney’s last contribution as Ferguson sent on Hernandez, Berbatov and Nani at half-time.

United’s second came in the 76th minute when Valencia escaped Ashley Cole on the wing and drilled in a low cross that Hernandez converted at the far post in comical fashion, slipping as he shot, the ball cannoning off his face into the net.

Ivory Coast striker Kalou pulled one back for Chelsea in the 83rd minute only for United to have the last word with Berbatov’s cheeky finish in stoppage time.

Manchester United delivered an early blow to rivals Chelsea with a 3-1 victory over the Premier League champions in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
Alex Ferguson’s players have spent the off-season licking their wounds after being pipped to the title by the Blues, but they underlined their determination to regain the crown with a ruthless display in the annual curtain-raiser to the English top-flight season.
A first-half goal from Antonio Valencia put United in front, and new signing Javier Hernandez added the second after the break.

Salomon Kalou got one back for Chelsea, but Dimitar Berbatov’s late chip ensured United have the momentum heading into the new season.
Berbatov’s goal was the product of a 20-pass move. ”It’s my first goal of the season, so it’s a really good day,” the Bulgarian said. ”Now we will celebrate and wait for our first league game against Newcastle next week. We have a great team spirit, we are like one big family.”
This might have been a friendly, but there was definite edge to the match as these two old rivals tried to land a psychological blow before the Premier League kicks off on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney had been one of England’s most disappointing performers in South Africa, but back in a United shirt he rose above the jeers with a vintage performance.
Inevitably, he played a key role in United’s opener in the 41st minute, hitting a low, first-time cross into the box for Valencia to lift over Chelsea keeper Hilario.
That was Rooney’s last contribution as Ferguson sent on Hernandez, Berbatov and Nani at half-time.
United’s second came in the 76th minute when Valencia escaped Ashley Cole on the wing and drilled in a low cross that Hernandez converted at the far post in comical fashion, slipping as he shot, the ball cannoning off his face into the net.
Ivory Coast striker Kalou pulled one back for Chelsea in the 83rd minute only for United to have the last word with Berbatov’s cheeky finish in stoppage time.

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