Sunday August 7, 2011 Final Finished Wembley

Manchester United 3 - 2 Manchester City

  • Smalling 52’
  • Nani 57’, 90’
  • Lescott 38’
  • Dzeko 45’

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  1. United stun City with Wembley comeback

    United stun City with Wembley comeback

    Manchester United completed a dramatic comeback from two down at half-time to beat Manchester City 3-2 in the Community Shield at Wembley. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Manchester City
    • - The final word goes to our man at the ground Alex Chick: "All over. United win a cracking game. Astonishing blunder by Kompany, who was so reliable last season... Not often you can call a Community Shield a 'famous win' but this certainly seems to fit the bill. Grown men in tears!"
    • 90+5' IT'S ALL OVER - UNITED WIN 3-2! What a match it has been, and Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2 after having recovered from two goals down to win the Community Shield in dramatic fashion! Nani's late goal clinched victory for Sir Alex Ferguson's side! Thanks for your company and check out the match report for all the details...
    • 90+4' GOAL!!!!! UNITED NET WHAT SURELY IS THE WINNER! De Gea launches a long ball upfield and Kompany is horribly caught out as the ball bounces beyond him, and Nani races on to round Hart and slide the ball into an empty net!
    • 90+2' Silva whips over a very fine delivery, but Dzeko is unable to convert it with a header inside the box.
    • 90+1' Rooney continues to charge about tirelessly, and it takes a superb challenge from Kompany to deny the forward as he flies forward once more.
    • 90' Dimitar Berbatov comes on to replace Welbeck, who departs walking very gingerly and to a very fine ovation. He's given everything today! Another United break ends with Cleverley driving a shot over the bar - both sides still throwing players forward. There will be four added minutes...
    • 89' Silva produces another lung-busting run down the left as he continues to show terrific fitness at this stage in the match.
    • 88' Silva whips over a testing delivery from the left which Richards meets with a powerful header - De Gea tips the ball over superbly, but it was a free-kick against the defender nonetheless.
    • 87' Now Dimitar Berbatov is warming up on the touchline, and he looks set to come on very shortly.
    • 86' Young whips over a testing delivery from a corner out on the left, which Hart punches to safety. City bide their time and build patiently from the back.
    • 85' Rafael continues to receive the ball out on the left and charge at Richards at pace, but again the Englishman stands firm to repel the danger.
    • 84' City enjoy a good spell of sustained pressure in the United half with Clichy and Silva at the forefront, before Yaya Toure lashes a wild shot over the crossbar!
    • 83' Nani hurtles down the right flank at pace, but cannot get the required delivery into the box with a group of players waiting expectantly.
    • 82' Hart lumps a long ball upfield towards Toure, and even Dzeko cannot latch on to it as Rafael sweeps up superbly.
    • 81' De Gea distributes the ball very effectively once more as he releases Rafael down the left, but he is eventually shrugged off the ball by Richards.
    • 80' Our man Alex Chick from Wembley: "You'd think Mancini would at least have the good grace to give Aguero a run out. Some people. Tsk..."
    • 79' Cleverley continues to look very impressive as he jinks past Toure and fires a low shot on target which Hart parries away to safety!
    • 78' Nani combines with Smalling, who again makes good ground from the right, but Richards clears away from the six-yard box!
    • 77' Jones makes a strong challenge on De Jong in midfield, and City are being put under an immense amount of pressure now.
    • 76' Clichy surges down the left at pace, before Johnson unleashes a fierce strike from outside the United box to bring a fine save from De Gea at his near post!
    • 75' City win a corner which Silva takes, but United clear the danger very effectively through Cleverley.
    • 74' Gael Clichy comes on to replace Kolarov, and the Frenchman has his opportunity to make a mark now with 16 minutes left to play of normal time.
    • 73' City break clear once more after the free kick is wasted by Rooney and Kolarov looks to slip in Johnson, but Smalling recovers superbly to ensure that he cannot break in on goal.
    • 72' SUBSTITUTION: Rafael comes on to replace Evra and he grabs the armband to show his own confidence - good to see!
    • 71' Young is hauled down by Kompany 25 yards out from the City goal, and this could be dangerous with Rooney standing over the ball among others...
    • 70' De Gea is finally given something to do as he claims a cross from Nani inside the box, and he does so without alarm.
    • 69' What a challenge from Lescott! Rooney surges forward powerfully, but is dispossessed by Lescott with an impeccably timed diving tackle.
    • 68' Toure is dispossessed by Jones in the United half, and the City midfielder is not having his best game today going forward.
    • 67' SUBSTITUTION: Adam Johnson comes on to replace compatriot James Milner, and he should be employed outwide on the right by the looks of things.
    • 66' City have a string of substitutes warming up vigorously on the touchline now, and Mancini looks set to make a few changes.
    • 65' Hart lumps a long ball upfield in a bid to alleviate some pressure, and Dzeko is the lone striker now for City.
    • 64' City remain firmly on the back foot as United's incessant pressure continues, and De Gea has not had anything to do in this second half thus far.
    • 63' Young whips over a very fine delivery from the right, before he takes a corner out on the left but City clear confidently on both occasions.
    • 62' It's incessant pressure from United now as Smalling wins a corner, and there is no doubt which side has the ascendancy with City firmly on the back foot.
    • 61' Rooney and Cleverley combine from deep inside the City half, and the midfielder is making a real impact since being brought on at half-time.
    • 60' Kolarov is booked for a challenge on Nani, and that's the fifth yellow card brandished to a City player in this match.
    • 59' SUBSTITUTION: Gareth Barry comes on to replace Mario Balotelli, and the Italian rather predictably stalks off straight down the tunnel amid jeers from the United fans.
    • 58' The United fans are in full voice once more as they celebrate their side having recovered from a two-goal deficit to be level at 2-2 just 12 minutes into the second half!
    • 57' GOAL!!!!! WHAT A GOAL FROM UNITED - NANI SCORES! It's five-a-side style football from United as a series of one-touch passes leads to Nani driving the ball beyond Hart superbly - he rounds off a quite stunning move from United with Cleverley and Young involved heavily!
    • 56' United are piling on the pressure now as City are forced onto the back foot and find themselves under the cosh.
    • 55' This time the delivery is poor from Young as he drives the free kick into the City wall and lashes the ensuing rebound into the stands!
    • 54' SUBSTITUTION: Milner is booked for that infringement, and it was a cynical challenge. Meanwhile, Milner is booked as Young and Nani stand over the ball.
    • 53' The tempo of the match is again relentlessly fast as United power forward through Nani, who is hauled down by Milner!
    • 52' GOAL!!!!! SMALLING GETS ONE BACK FOR UNITED! Young whips over a devilish delivery, and Smalling gets in beyond Lescott to steer the ball past Hart to reduce the deficit early in this second half - game on!
    • 51' De Jong dispossesses Young with a very sturdy challenge, and the winger will know that the Dutchman is never going to hold back in those situations!
    • 50' Cleverley jinks inside two challenges from City players before dinking over a precise delivery which Welbeck heads wide of the near post - that was a good opportunity for United!
    • 49' Ferdinand and Evra exchange passes at the back for United as the pair ensure that Balotelli has to keep harrying.
    • 48' Smalling stumbles over the ball outwide on the right as he receives the ball from Cleverley, and a huge jeer goes up from the merciless City fans.
    • 47' Patrice Evra wins a throw in at the expense of Milner, who has been moved out to the right wing for this second half.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and just to confirm that City have not made any changes in contrast to Ferguson.
    • - Ferguson has made two changes with Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley on at the expense of rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick. Alex Chick tweets: "How long until Massimo Taibi starts trending?"
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes to end a frenetic and electric first half at Wembley, and City lead 2-0 courtesy of Joleon Lescott's header from a corner in the 38th minute and Edin Dzeko's strike from range which should have been saved - what a 47 minutes of play, phew!
    • 45+1' GOAL!!!!! GOAL FROM DZEKO!!! The forward lashes a fierce shot from all of 30 yards, and inexplicably De Gea lets the ball fly through him - it was fractionally to his right, but should certainly have been saved! Poor keeping from the Spaniard, and the scrutiny will be on him now.
    • 45' Balotelli keeps the ball superbly in attack for City, holding the ball up very effectively to frustrate United, and City are playing out the final moments of the first half. Two minutes will be added...
    • 44' Ferdinand and Vidic stroke the ball around patiently at the back, but United's attacks are considerably slower now towards the end of the first half.
    • 43' Hart lumps a long ball upfield towards Dzeko, but De Gea is swiftly out to clutch the ball once more under pressure - good bright keeping.
    • 42' Silva's corner kick is claimed by De Gea in commanding fashion, who then releases Young with a brilliant long ball - terrific distribution, and now United build in the City half.
    • 41' Kolarov takes the free kick and it is deflected behind for a corner with his delivery striking the United wall.
    • 40' It's a yellow for Evra! The drama continues. Was he the last man? Not quite. But City now have a dangerous free kick....
    • 39' Milner is hauled down by Evra in very clumsy fashion, and a card will come out for the defender without doubt - was he in on goal?
    • 38' GOAL!!!!!!! CITY SCORE THROUGH LESCOTT! Silva whips over the delivery and Lescott clambers above both Ferdinand and Vidic in the air to head beyond De Gea - City are in front!
    • 37' Milner goes down clutching his ankle before Evra fouls Dzeko, and City have an attacking free kick...
    • 36' Nani's set piece is deflected agonisingly wide of the near post, and Hart was at full stretch looking to have the shot covered!
    • 35' De Jong is penalised for a very late challenge on Rooney, and that could easily have been a yellow card too! It does not receive a caution, but United have a dangerous free kick...
    • 34' Yaya Toure is now booked for his persistent verbals, and referee Dowd is taking a no nonsense approach to this match!
    • 33' Milner misplaces a pass intended for Dzeko as Kompany then fouls Rooney inside the City half.
    • 32' Kolarov again gets down the left superbly for City, and Silva heads on from his cross, but no City player is on hand to convert inside the six-yard box.
    • 31' Young makes a run down the left flank, but Evra cannot quite pick him out in time and the offside flag goes up to halt the winger in his tracks.
    • 30' Yaya Toure is given a ticking off for his protestations as the ball is kicked away to enable Balotelli to get to his feet.
    • 29' Balotelli is hauled down by Nani, and the jeers ring out as the forward was attempting a rather audacious back heel at the time of the challenge! He gets to his feet gingerly.
    • 28' Milner makes a very fine run deep into the United half, but he drags a rather tame effort wide of the far post as he looks to hone in on goal with De Gea making himself big - a very good chance!
    • 27' The possession count is now 66 per cent for United as Ferguson's side take the attack to City in relentless fashion. City again clear under pressure through Kolarov.
    • 26' Kolarov recovers superbly to charge back and concede a corner kick as Nani produces another very fine run down the flank and to the byline.
    • 25' Anderson is full of industry and energy in midfield, and he puts Milner and De Jong under real pressure with his persistent harrying on halfway.
    • 24' Nani backheels beyond Kolarov on the edge of the City box, and the Portugese is making a very good start to this match as Hart hurtles out to claim the loose ball.
    • 23' Finally the play settles down a tad as the ball flies out of play from De Jong and United pass the ball around at the back patiently.
    • 22' Rooney steps up to take the resulting set piece, and he curls an exquisite effort agonisingly wide of the top corner of the net - a very fine effort!
    • 21' That's a very nasty challenge from Richards, who flies in very rashly on Young, rightly earning a yellow card from referee Dowd - that's the third in a matter of minutes!
    • 20' Ah, well referee Phil Dowd goes to his pocket, and he books both Dzeko and Anderson for their parts in the tussle. It's very heated out there already!
    • 19' Anderson and Dzeko clash on halfway as the United midfielder lunges in recklessly and the City forward reacts with a push to the chest - all very petty.
    • 18' Kolarov is well placed to clear at the back post as the cross comes over from Young out on the left, and United have good width from either flank and are exploiting both outlets.
    • 17' Smalling plays in Nani down the right and the winger charges to the byline before cutting the ball back into the direction of Rooney, but it narrowly misses its target.
    • 16' United have enjoyed 58 per cent of the early possession, but most of it has come in their own half with City sitting off and defending deep.
    • 15' Rooney looks to latch on to a cross from Anderson, but he cannot quite bring the ball down into his stride and City can build from deep once more.
    • 14' Ferdinand heads behind for a corner as the cross comes in from Kolarov, and City continue to pile on the pressure from wide areas. Both sides have good width and are delivering numerous crosses.
    • 13' Phil Dowd steps in as Mario Balotelli and Nemanja Vidic lock horns on halfway, and the pair exchange words - a definite wind up from Vidic, and Mancini is swiftly out on the touchline!
    • 12' Milner drops deep to receive the ball from Hart as City look to break forward from inside their own half once more, and Richards beats Young to another loose ball.
    • 11' Both sets of supporters are in full voice as City keep the ball in midfield with Milner and Silva exchanging passes. The Spaniard looks very bright early on today.
    • 10' City build from deep as Silva jinks between challenges before being dispossessed by a combination of Nani and Carrick.
    • 9' De Gea flies out to punt a loose ball upfield, and that's his first real touch of the match as he looks to settle into his new role as the United number one. At just 20, the pressure is on.
    • 8' It's end-to-end stuff at Wembley, and the crowd are really getting into this now as Richards marauds forward before being penalised for an over-zealous challenge with Smalling.
    • 7' Welbeck spins past Lescott superbly and draws a foul from the defender, who is made to look very flat-footed there. The United forward looks very sharp early on.
    • 6' Vidic turns the ball behind for a corner kick as Dzeko makes another good run down the right, and City are enjoying a fine spell of pressure now with the pace of the game frenetic!
    • 5' Now City hit their stride as Kolarov hurtles down the left flank and whips over a testing delivery, which Ferdinand clears under pressure from Dzeko before bawling out Chris Smalling!
    • 4' Uncertainty reigns in the City box as two attempted clearances are fluffed and Young drives a low shot on target with Hart making the save. United start the match the brighter!
    • 3' The delivery from Young is low and into a crowd of bodies, but City clear through Kompany deep inside the box. United continue to build in the City half.
    • 2' Evra earns a free kick with a bright run down the left, and Richards commits the foul. Young stands over the set piece...
    • 1' The first half is underway at Wembley, and United kick us off in their traditional home strip, while City are in all blue.
    • 14:35 Tweet from Mr Chick from Wembley: "Excellent Poznan from City fans, but quite a few empty seats down blue end of the ground..." We're seconds from kick off, finally...
    • 14:30 An enormous roar goes up around Wembley as the players indulge in the mandatory handshakes and enjoy the vocal talents of Kerry Ellis during the national anthem. We're all set!
    • 14:25 There are lots of empty seats at Wembley right now, but let's hope that's just down to the corporate late lunches. The players are poised to make their entrance.
    • 14:20 Reef are in full swing on stage at Wembley, and 'Put your hands up!' is the tune of choice with the players in the tunnel waiting to emerge...
    • 14:15 The two benches for today: United: Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Berbatov, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Evans, Cleverley /// City: Subs: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Savic, Aguero, Barry, Clichy
    • 14:10 If you look at the stats for today's match they favour a United win. Numbers add up for dominant United
    • 14:05 Paul Parker: 'Sunday's Community Shield is the most highly anticipated edition of the competition for a long, long time. There is a lot to be taken from the game for the two sides, who will be keen to strike a psychological blow at the outset of the campaign.' Read his blog previewing the match here
    • 14:00 Eurosport Yahoo!'s own 'Armchair Pundit' Alex Chick is at Wembley and will be tweeting his thoughts throughout the day. He has already had some strong words about the contents of today's match programme. Check out his Twitter page for more. Follow Alex Chick on Twitter
    • 13:55 Manchester City: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Y Toure, De Jong, Milner; Balotelli, Dzeko, Silva
    • 13:50 Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.
    • 13:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Community Shied – expect today's contest to be anything but a 'friendly'
  • Summary

    • 90+4' GOAL!!!!! UNITED NET WHAT SURELY IS THE WINNER! De Gea launches a long ball upfield and Kompany is horribly caught out as the ball bounces beyond him, and Nani races on to round Hart and slide the ball into an empty net!
    • 76' Clichy surges down the left at pace, before Johnson unleashes a fierce strike from outside the United box to bring a fine save from De Gea at his near post!
    • 57' GOAL!!!!! WHAT A GOAL FROM UNITED - NANI SCORES! It's five-a-side style football from United as a series of one-touch passes leads to Nani driving the ball beyond Hart superbly - he rounds off a quite stunning move from United with Cleverley and Young involved heavily!
    • 52' GOAL!!!!! SMALLING GETS ONE BACK FOR UNITED! Young whips over a devilish delivery, and Smalling gets in beyond Lescott to steer the ball past Hart to reduce the deficit early in this second half - game on!
    • 50' Cleverley jinks inside two challenges from City players before dinking over a precise delivery which Welbeck heads wide of the near post - that was a good opportunity for United!
    • 45+1' GOAL!!!!! GOAL FROM DZEKO!!! The forward lashes a fierce shot from all of 30 yards, and inexplicably De Gea lets the ball fly through him - it was fractionally to his right, but should certainly have been saved! Poor keeping from the Spaniard, and the scrutiny will be on him now.
    • 38' GOAL!!!!!!! CITY SCORE THROUGH LESCOTT! Silva whips over the delivery and Lescott clambers above both Ferdinand and Vidic in the air to head beyond De Gea - City are in front!
    • 28' Milner makes a very fine run deep into the United half, but he drags a rather tame effort wide of the far post as he looks to hone in on goal with De Gea making himself big - a very good chance!
    • 13:55 Manchester City: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Y Toure, De Jong, Milner; Balotelli, Dzeko, Silva
    • 13:50 Manchester United: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.7 5
      Defenders
      Goal 6.9 8
      Substitution Out45′ 5.8 6
      Substitution Out45′ 6.4 6
      Yellow Card Substitution Out72′ 5.8 7
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out45′ 5.3 5
      Yellow Card 6.3 6
      Goals ×2 7.5 9
      6.9 7
      Strikers
      6.5 7
      Substitution Out88′ 6.3 7
      Subs
      Substitution In88′ 6.3 6
      Substitution In45′ 6.4 6
      Substitution In45′ 7.4 7
      Substitution In72′ 6.5 6
      Substitution In45′ 6.6 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.8 7
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 5.4 6
      5.2 5
      Goal 5.8 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out74′ 5 7
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 5.3 5
      5.5 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out67′ 5.3 6
      5.9 7
      Strikers
      Substitution Out59′ 4.8 6
      Goal Yellow Card 6.1 8
      Subs
      Substitution In59′ 4.6 6
      Substitution In74′ 4.6 6
      Substitution In67′ 5.3 7

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