After a season of underachievement, Manchester United have been boosted by the return of their talismanic captain.
Before Sunday's Community Shield, Gary Neville has only managed nine minutes of first team football in the last 17 months, which goes some way to explaining United's failure to secure either the FA Cup or the Carling Cup.
Many thought that that realisation of his worst nightmare - being replaced wholesale by Wes Brown - would be too much for Neville to bear, but he marked his full return in style by lifting the season's first trophy at the Wembley showpiece after beating Portsmouth on penalties.
The re-emergence of G-Nev will provide a huge fillip to all the fans whose nerves are still shot after watching them scrape their way to two other trophies.
Surely it can be no coincidence that Cristiano Ronaldo (who was not missed at all against Pompey, oh no) has decided to stay at the club just as Neville returns to the first-team fold?
But joking aside kids, ED has always struggled to understand Neville's unpopularity amongst fans other than the Old Trafford faithful. Perhaps they don't like to face up to the fact that his brand of consistently dour graft is a more accurate personification of the English game than any Joe Cole stepover or deft Wayne Rooney flick. Or perhaps it's that silly little beard.
Talking of funny hair, surely David James has learnt by now that messing around with his hair doesn't benefit him?
Those corn rows certainly couldn't help him in the shootout as United only needed three spot-kicks to win. He may as well have dyed it blue again.
As for Edwin Van der Sar, the Dutchman proved again just how rubbish he is at saving penalties, while we also learnt how bad Pompey are at taking them. Harry Redknapp's four kicks were as follows:
Lassana Diarra - blazed over
Jermain Defoe - crept under Van der Sar
Arnold Mvuemba - straight down the middle, hit Van der Sar's legs
Glen Johnson - blazed over
Cardiff City must be kicking themselves.
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Well who'd've thunk it - Tottenham's megabucks boys turned over Serie A heavyweights Roma in a 5-0 drubbing at White Hart Lane.
Spurs had all of their big money signings on show for their home debuts, and they all performed admirably.
David Bentley did well to keep his super-slick 1940s spiv haircut in place after celebrating his brace and, after banging them in against Spanish pub teams and other assorted minnows (sorry Orient fans), Darren Bent proved he has still got what it takes against the big boys with two of his own.
By contrast, summer camp councillor Arsene Wenger decided to give his kids a run out in the 1-1 draw with Sevilla in the Amsterdam tournament. The average age of the side was under 20, dragged up by wise old heads Philippe Senderos and Nicklas Bendtner, and it showed.
Jack Wilshere struggled to play in boots two sizes too big for him that his Mum bought so he could grow into them, and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was still in mourning over the death of Bernie Mac because he thought that meant no more Turkey Twizzlers.
So, do these two results herald a new dawn for Spurs? Is the wind of change blowing its way down Seven Sisters Road? ED thinks you already know the answer to that one.
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TALKING POINT - It was controversial in some quarters, but Friday's request for for your thoughts on good-looking footballers got a big response.
Jacknfor: "Cronaldo's face seems to be made only of bone with no flesh.Always take a closer look at his cheekbones and you'll understand what i'm talking about. Theo Walcott isn't all that bad also but for his height."
Manutd_mainactor: "Attractive footballer... hmmm...I've always thought that Michael Owen was a looker.... Not that I want to go pick out curtains with him or anything."
Some_steam: "Is this what ED has come to, a bunch of grown men (and ladies) discussing which footballer is most attractive?" Yes. Yes it is.
Elsewhere, lifeisblu is clearly in the wrong place: "Am looking foward to some football related ED -as in the days of old. best looking footballer......? Dont give a sh!!te. Prefer the goals and entertainment." Don't worry, not long now.
Today - With less than a week to go, which team do you think has prepared best for the new season? It good be in terms of new signings, a good run of pre-season results of just blind optimism. Also, what other players can match Gary Neville for quality of facial hair?
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