Saturday, August 6, 2011

Charity Shield 2011 Manchester United Manchester City

Sunday 7 August 2011
Wembley Stadium,
Referee Phil Dowds
Attendance 77500

 The FA Community Shield has a special place in the heart of most football fans. It may not always - or ever - be your own team that is taking part, but it signals one important thing: after a couple of long, painful months without the beautiful game, football is officially back and raring to go. With sides being fierce city rivals, there is added spice. Can United continue their supremacy within Manchester - and England - for another season? Or did City's win in The Semi-Final of The FA Cup signal that the balance of power is about to shift?

Today's is the 89th game in a series of matches that began over 100 years ago, and United will be hoping that their good form in the clash can continue. They've won two of the last three Shields, beating Chelsea 3-1 in last season's fixture, and defeating Portsmouth on penalties in 2008 [they lost the 2009 game to Chelsea, also on penalties). In fact, the Red half of Manchester has won eleven Shields since City last took part in one.
The Blues have won The Shield just three times in their history: 1937 (2-0 against Sunderlandl, 1968 thrashing West Brom 6-1 and 1972 1-0 against Aston Villa . They have been runners-up four times: 1934,1956,1969 and 1973 - their last appearance. Both sides welcome new faces onto the pitch . City welcome Montenegrin defender Stefan Savic, who arrives from Partizan Belgrade, and Gael Clichy, from Arsenal, as well as Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero. David de Gea will be looking to make the United no.l shirt his own after arriving from Atletico Madrid, while winger Ashley Young (Aston Villa] and defender Phil Jones (Blackburn Rovers) will also want to make their mark. They're certainly relishing it. "The Lads have been talking about it. It's a huge game and up there with the biggest derbies around," says Young. Meanwhile, Clichy said: "It's definitely not going to be a friendly and given how big the rivalry is, it would be nice to get one over on them." Here we go...

To be fair to both sides, although there's a really intense rivalry between the supporters and also the players, you can't really read too much into the outcome of a game Like this in relation to what might happen over the rest of the season. Yet with both sides no doubt putting the final touches of their pre-season together, it gives an indication of any new personnel or formations going into the new campaign.It's certainly interesting from the English perspective because of the players on show. From Manchester United the two lads in defence, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, did really well for the Under-21 s earlier this summer. Chris has just signed a new contract there after a good first season at Old Trafford and Phil Jones has only just joined from Blackburn Rovers and is going into his first year at the club, so we hope that they can figure prominently and as much as possible over the season to get that first team experience at one of the top clubs in our League and Europe. They worked well as a pair for England and Phil can also play as an anchor in midfield, so they are two big hopes for us in our international structure and for Manchester United, too. In addition to that, the likes of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are back with United after Loan spells last season, so they will be looking to push on and nail down a regular place in Sir Alex's squad. Both players were with the Under-21s too and we hope they will also play a big part in our international future. For Manchester City, they're coming into the game after what was a very good season for them when they won The FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League for the first time. They've lost one or two players over the summer, but they'll always be in the position to add players so we'll keep an eye on that in the lead-up to today's game.

Now that they've broken into the top four, they'll want to do well again this season and retain the position they've worked so hard to get into. It is so difficult to break into that top four and you only have to look at the sort of money that's being invested by the likes of Liverpool, who I think may be big contenders, along with Spurs who will be desperate to get back in there. Of course, Arsenal and Chelsea will want to fend off those challengers but as each season goes by, the difficulty of staying in that coveted quartet gets so much harder.
So, it should be a good game at Wembley for both sets of fans today. The ambition of both clubs is high and I'm sure they will both mean business this season. The players will be using this game to get a little bit fitter for the new season and at these clubs, it's a challenge to get into the starting eleven. Both managers will be rotating their teams over pre-season but with this game being the last before the start of the campaign, they may be finalising what their team could be for the coming weeks. The players themselves always want to play in the big games, so this is a fantastic occasion that they will hope to be involved in and hopefully the match will live up to what we all expect.

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First Half

Second Half

  Wayne Rooney says Manchester United handed a 'footballing lesson' to fierce rivals City after winning a thrilling Community Shield at Wembley yesterday. Goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko had put the FA Cup winners 2-0 ahead at the break but Chris Smalling pulled one back before Nani finished off a sublime move to level, with the Portuguese then nabbing the winner in injury-time. After the match, Rooney took to Twitter to declare: 'Have to say, I think today was a footballing lesson. Great win for the champions.'

There was further disappointment for City fans as their record £38mil-lion signing Sergio Aguero did not make it off the bench, with boss Roberto Mancini revealing the Argentine is still short of full fitness.
Nani scored a dramatic injuiy-time winner to give Manchester United the Community Shield after a pulsating encounter against arch-rivals Manchester City at Wembley. Vincent Kompany failed to read a ball from Wayne Rooney and Nani nipped on to it, rounded Joe Hart and slotted home to complete an impressive comeback after United had been 2-0 down at the break. Nani had earlier equalised with an early contender for goal of the season as he cleverly chipped the ball over Hart after an intricate move also involving Rooney and Tom Cleverley.

United made the better start to the match with Danny Welbeck, Rooney, Nani and new signing Ashley Young cutting City's midfield apart but failing to find the net. It had been an impressive 24 hours for Welbeck, who was chosen ahead of Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, a day after being called up to the England squad for Wednesday's friendly against Holland. City tackles were flying in and Micah Richards appeared fortunate to stay on the pitch after a studs-first lunge on Young. Referee Phil Dowd then spoke to City captain Kompany after another poor challenge from Nigel de Jong, this time on Welbeck. United continued to press and Lescott stopped efforts from Young, Chris Smalling and Welbeck. But the central defender was rewarded for his efforts as he then advanced to the other end to give City the lead by flicking home a free-kick from David Silva that new United keeper David de Gea decided not to come for. The Spaniard also appeared to be at fault for City's second on the stroke of half-time as Edin Dzeko collected James Milner's pass and was allowed to run unchallenged before firing home a powerful shot. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made three half-time substitutions, bringing on youngsters Cleverley, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for experienced trio Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick... The result was great...


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