First Blood To Man United As They Beat Chelsea At Wembley

Manchester United players celebrate winning the English Community Shield trophy after defeating Chelsea in their soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London August 8, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Manchester United have beaten Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley to win the first silverware of the season. Antonio Valencia opened up the scoring, that was followed with a comical goal from substitute Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. Chelsea pulled a goal back through Salomon Kalou but Dimitar Berbatov put the game to bed with a injury time goal.

It was a lively first half with the first goal coming just before halftime. Scholes, who had an excellent game, floated a long ball to Wayne Rooney who delivered a quality ball into the penalty area for and it was an easy finish for Valencia.

Second half and three immediate substitutions were made by Sir Alex Ferguson. Hernandez, Berbatov and Luis Nani were all brought on for Michael Owen, Rooney and Ji-Sung Park.

Scholes had a brilliant game, he was picking out some inch perfect passes, Valencia was given a lot of space down the right and was also impressive. Chris Smalling replaced Fabio Da Silva, he had a tough test against Chelsea sub Didier Drogba.

With 14 minutes of the game remaining, Man United’s second came after Antonio Valencia’s ball in from the right was met by Hernandez, he slipped and his shot hit his face and rebounded into the back of the Chelsea net.

Daniel Sturridge had a brilliant opportunity to score for the London side but Edwin Van Der Sar made a great save. A minute later (84 mins in), Kalou did score after the Dutch keeper could only parry Sturridge’s shot into the path of Kalou.

Minutes earlier Michael Carrick and Scholes had been substutited with Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher replacing them. After those substitutions Chelsea had more of the ball, they were going for the equaliser and we had a frantic end to the game.

Two minutes into three of injury time Berbatov’s superb lob over Henrique Hilario made sure that it was Manchester United who lifted the trophy.

Apart from the short period after the Chelsea goal, Chelsea never really troubled United. It may only be a ‘friendly’ game but it’s a great start to the season and hopefully this will spur United on to more trophies this season.

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