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Manchester United vs Chelsea - Community Shield Preview 2010

8th August 2010 | 15:00 BST | Wembley Stadium

In a repeat of last season's Community Shield, Chelsea and Manchester United will once again meet at Wembley in the traditional curtain raiser to the season on Sunday 8th August 2010.



The traditional football season opener kicks off on Sunday 8 August 2010 when Chelsea face Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley. The trophy is also known as the Charity Shield as it is used by the Football Association to raise money for good causes and is traditionally played between the winners of the previous season’s Premiership and FA Cup. Chelsea, of course, won both last season and so Premiership runners-up Manchester United will be their opponents. Few teams take it seriously and is regarded as the last of the pre-season friendlies before the season starts properly.

Twelve months ago the two teams were preparing to meet in a game that went all the way to penalties, with Chelsea triumphing 4-1 after the game finished 2-2.

Chelsea Team News
Chelsea's biggest departure during the summer has been Joe Cole to Liverpool. Michael Ballack has also left the club for Bayern Leverkusen. Yossi Benayoun has joined Chelsea from Liverpool. Petr Cech is still injured and is unlikely to feature though he could be ready for the Premiership opening the following week. Didier Drogba is also a doubt.

Manchester United Team News
Man United are likely to rest Wayne Rooney for this match but new signing Javier Hermandez, who impressed playing for Mexico during the summer's World Cup, will probably play. Chris Smalling has also joined from Fulham and could start. Goalkeeper Ben Foster left Manchester United over the summer to join Birmingham City. Anderson, who was already struggling with a knee problem, will not play after his car accident last weekend

Last season Chelsea beat United to the Premier League title unseating the northern side from three successive titles by one point, despite having a vastly superior goal difference.

Manchester United will contest the 88th Community Shield with Chelsea by virtue of their runners up position in the league and in spite of being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to at the time, League 1 Leeds United.

Both Teams Have Uneasy Pre-Season

Both Manchester United and Chelsea have suffered some uncharacteristic pre-season defeats. Furthermore young midfielder Anderson cheated death in the week leading up the game after escaping a high speed car crash which left him unconscious in a burning car. He was pulled to safety seconds before the car exploded. He is very unlikely to play.

United and England striker Wayne Rooney has also caused contention on the weekend before the match, having been photographed drinking and smoking and acting rowdy on the streets of Manchester after an all night bender lasting until 5.30 Sunday morning. Sir Alex Ferguson was going to rest him, but now looks set to throw him in as 'punishment'.

New signing Javier Hernandez aka Chicharito has impressed in his first two games and will be looking to make an impact in his first competitive match for United. The Mexican international played an important role in his country's World Cup campaign this summer and will be eager to get going in his first Premier League Season.

Chelsea Look To Their Big Players To Perform Again

Chelsea will be considered favourites despite concerns over the fitness of goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Didier Drogba. Summer signing from Liverpool Yossi Benayoun will also be looking to make an impact, taking the place of Joe Cole who left Chelsea to go to Liverpool. Michael Ballack also departed during the summer meaning the midfield duties will fall even heavier on Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Florent Malouda, who was one of the players of the year last season. This will be eased if Chelsea capture Brazilian midfielder Ramires from Benfica for £17 million this week.

Didier Drogba, last season's Golden Boot winner with 29 goals, will be a key part of Chelsea's frontline again this season and will look to emulate his performances of last season. He is likely to be partnered by French striker Nicholas Anelka, who was sent home from the World Cup for criticising the French Coach after an abysmal French showing.

The United Midfield is equally strong however with Nani, performing equally as well as Malouda did for Chelsea last season. The speedy Portuguese winger has filled the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo and he will be supported by Patrice Evra from Left back and a choice of quality midfielders including Ji-Sung Park, Micahel Carrick, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs in Midfield.

Manchester United certainly have the better history in the contest, with 17 total wins compared to the 4 won by Chelsea.

Classified as a 'friendly' this will be anything but, as there really is no such thing when these rivals meet. Kick off is 3.00pm Sunday 8th August 2010.

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