Community Shield Preview: Chelsea v Manchester United


By G@mb!t.

You can read the thoughts of a Chelsea fan here.

The time to play the Community Shield finally arrives, the curtain raiser for the new season, Manchester United play Chelsea for the Shield at Wembley on Sunday. Both teams went into the summer after a hard fought title challenge that Chelsea won in the final game of the season. Now, with the World Cup over and both teams done with their Pre-Season preparations, it’s an excellent chance for both to set the bar for the rest of the title challengers.

Though Sir Alex has said he considers this game a chance for some players to build up their fitness, it can be certain United will be going after a win. Last Time United won the Community Shield they went on to pick up the Premier league title for the 3rd time in a row. United do have some Injuries in the squad to contend with, but have enough cover in all the respective positions.

Man United come into this game after a pretty good pre-season tour. Many of the youngsters got a chance to show their skills, and one of them, Tom Cleverley did enough to convince Sir Alex that he deserves a chance this season rather than be loaned out. Others like Federico Macheda, Gabriel Obertan, Ritchie De Laet and Fabio da Silva also impressed on the tour and will certainly get more chances with the first team in the coming months. New signings Javier Hernandez and Chris Smalling also made their debuts with Hernandez clearly stealing the show as he became the hottest topic for all United fans around the world – having scored 3 goals in 3 appearances so far. Things look very promising for the Mexican starlet. Chris Smalling also did his cause no harm, putting in some solid displays at the back, clearly indicating his vast potential.

United are going into this Sunday’s showdown without Patrice Evra, who’s been given an extra week off, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Carrick, are both out with ankle Injuries, while Rio Ferdinand is still a long way from being fit. Michael Owen made a successful return from his long lay-off with a goal against the Airtricity XI and looks set for some game time against Chelsea. Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Park Ji-Sung are slowly getting back to full fitness and should feature in the game too. The Da Silva twins are both suffering from food poisoning and look doubtful for the game. Though, both twins plus Carrick took full part in the open training session at Old Trafford at Saturday.

United have plenty of options in attack and midfield, but the full back positions looks a bit suspect at the moment with Evra, Neville and perhaps the Da Silva’s out, but John O’shea and Wes Brown are more than good enough to cover the positions at the moment. Ritchie De Laet is waiting in the wings for a chance to prove himself if needed. United will most likely start with Sir Alex’s favourite 4-4-2 formation, with Van Der Sar in goal.

Predicted Starting Lineup: Van Der Sar; Brown, Vidic, Evans, O’Shea/Fabio; Valencia, Scholes/Gibson, Fletcher, Nani; Berbatov, Rooney;

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  1. Fergie is GOD. on

    looking forward to chicharito, the kìd is a star and haves an incredible manchester united career ahead of him. having seen alot òf him playing for chivas on the web and watched 8 gms since we signed him and hearing people talk about the kid, i can easily say that in no time at all he will become a united legend and one of europes most feared hitmen. chicha will rip the league apart and if he gets plenty of games i bet he will score atleast 15gls. a world class star in the making, fergie does it again.

  2. Lads did extremely well over in America especially Cleverley who have rightfully been rewarded with a place in the team this year and look forward to his competitive debut, Danny, Diouf, James, King, Stewart Drinkwater will all benifit from loans and be better players for it when return to us over the next year, hopefully Kiko, Twins, Gibbo, Gabby all kick on and really show what they can do this year, they are important players to the team and need up it to next level and really grab the bull by the horns

  3. Fergie is GOD. on

    just seen the artice and he’s also been compared to old gunnar solskjaer and both comparisons are fair as chicharito is a star. chicha will be amazing for us and can score some right amazin goals as proved for chivas, mexico and for us in pre-season, the lad is gonna be a world player of the year candidate one day and can become one of the best strikers in history. everyone will remember the name javier “chicharito” hernandez. the lad is a star will help us dominate for a 3rd straight decade.

  4. I rate Gibbo very highly, i believe he will replace Scholesy in the engine room and start whacking them in. Ferguson have stated Gibbo has similar attributes to Scholesy and i can see him becoming a more regularly player in central midfield this season for us and that will increase his confidences and see him become a more influencial player over the coming campaigne.

  5. Fergie is GOD. on

    i expect chicha will start out on the bench to begin with and come on as an impact player as we all know he can, but as time goes on i can see him becoming a starting 11 striker, most likely teaming with rooney. chicharito wil do great whether from the bench or starting 11, the kid is a star who will run though the league. chicharito is the next big thing.

  6. Fergie is GOD. on

    we all know forwards run on confidence and the more chicha plays, the better he will become. whether starting lineup or the bench, chicharito wll score goals and the fact he is quick is also an asset as we like the fast game and man chicha is fast. the lad haves it all and is already the total package, under fergie he will become one of the most feared hitmen going. the bargain of the summer at only £8m and i will go on record now in saying he will hit atleast 15gls this season. chicharito is for real.

  7. The goal he scored I thought was well taken from what I viewed as a good estimation of quick reading of a situation.Call me stupid but it looked like he stalled his run as the ball looked to cut a foot behind him so he jerked in anticipation to hit it.It looked as if he thought first of latching on to a well delivered ball only for it to drift marginally behind the spot he initially thought it would arrive at.

    Well taken goal in my books,although it looked funny as hell – This kid will set the EPL alight(fingers crossed).

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