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09 Aug 2010

Manchester United won their third Community Shield in four years as they avenged last year's Wembley defeat to Chelsea with a 3-1 victory.

A sublime opener finished by Antonio Valencia and a ridiculous debut goal from substitute Javier Hernandez put United 2-0 up.

Salomon Kalou pulled a goal back late on and double-winning Chelsea threatened to level before Dimitar Berbatov sealed their fate in stoppage time.

The contest sprung into life in the fifth minute when Ashley Cole - whose every touch was jeered by United supporters - misjudged a crossfield ball from Rooney, giving Valencia a sight of goal.

The winger tried to chip Hilario from just inside the box but did not get enough height on the ball.

The frantic pace relented until the 40th minute, when the excellent Paul Scholes played in Michael Owen, this time with a clever header. But the striker could only hook the ball wide via an Branislav Ivanovic clearance.

Scholes' gem of a crossfield ball a minute later helped break the deadlock. Wayne Rooney drifted to the right to collect it before matching it with a brilliant first-time cross that was swept into the net by Valencia.

Daniel Sturridge screwed a long-range effort wide before Hernandez helped himself to a debut goal in comic fashion 14 minutes from time. John O'Shea released Valencia down the right and the winger's low cross was met by Hernandez, who slipped again, kicking the ball against his own face and into the net.

Sturridge wasted a golden opportunity to pull a goal back seven minutes from time when he shot too close to Edwin van der Sar after an inch-perfect sliderule pass from Michael Essien. But Van der Saar handed Chelsea a lifeline seconds later when he parried the striker's next shot straight to Kalou, who swept home the rebound.

Kalou failed to control a Didier Drogba cross in stoppage-time before United sealed victory, Nani releasing Berbatov, who coolly lobbed the ball over a stranded Hilario.


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