8 August 2010 – Proved to be an entertaining and satisfying encounter as Manchester United crushed Chelsea 3:1 to win the season curtain raiser, the Charity Shield. Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney combined perfectly to supply a perfect pass for Antonio Valencia to open the scoring 4 minutes before half time. In the second half, Chelsea looked the more threatening side and Edwin van der Sar did extremely well to deny Chelsea from scoring.
In the 76 minute, in a breakaway counter attack, Valencia crossed the ball for new boy Javier Hernandez, affectionately known as ‘Chicharito’ or ‘Little Pea’ to score in a dream debut for Manchester United in Wembley Stadium, witnessed by a crowd of 84,623. What a way to start his EPL career! The goal however could be considered be the the most clumsy and also the luckiest goal as Chicharito kicked the ball into his own face and it got deflected into the open goal.
Chicharito flying on high heaven after scoring on his debut. (PA Pictures)
Chelsea hit back through Salomon Kalou when EDVS managed to block a shot from Daniel Sturridge but only to see the ball bounced back into play and Kalou made no mistake from the rebound. Then Chelsea continued to push for the equaliser with an aggression that had kept all the Red Devils fans at the edge of their seats. In the 90th minute, in another counter attack, Nani supplied a pass to Berbatov at the edge of the D and Berbatov unexpectedly did a perfect chip over Henrique Hilario for goal number 3 and it was all over for the Blues.
It was a flying start for Man United and especially for Chicharito. It was also a good outing for Berbatov, who showed, how talented he really is with his delicate chip for the third goal. Overall, Man U looked to be running ahead of Chelsea and are ready for the premiership season. Chelsea on the other hand was pretty awful and actually made the Reds looked good. All three goals were defensively soft goals. John Terry looked like he was still suffering from his hangover from the World Cup.
Great start for the Red Devils.