FA Community Shield

August 7, 2011


Man City

2 - 3

Man Utd

FA Community Shield

13:30 +00:00, August 7, 2011

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: P Dowd


    Match stats tell the story: United had 56% of the possession, 21 shots at goal to City's 8.


    Nani: "Our fans are so proud of us. It's a beautiful day..."


    Rooney: "There was one team that went out there and dominated..."

  • 90'

    And that's the full-time whistle! United have come from 2-0 down at half-time to beat City 3-2 and win the 2011 Community Shield at Wembley. Roberto Mancini will surely be furious at the defending for both Smalling's goal that got United back into it, and Nani's winner.

  • 90'

    GOAL NANI WINS IT FOR UNITED! Rooney's hooked clearance catches Kompany napping on the halfway line, Nani nicks the ball off him, sprints forward and rounds Hart before side-footing a left-footed finish into an empty net!

  • 90'

    Rafael concedes a free-kick midway inside the United half. Silva sends over a cross, but Dzeko's header is weak.

  • 90'

    Young's deep cross is just too long for Berbatov, who can only head out for a goal-kick.

  • 90'

    They'll be 4 added minutes.

  • 90'

    Great play from Smalling on United's right. He cuts inside to play in Nani, whose shot is blocked. The ball comes back to Cleverley, but he blazes over the bar.

  • 89'

    Berbatov replaces the impressive Welbeck for United. Perhaps with penalties in mind?

  • 88'

    Now it's City's turn to pressurise with a corner. Silva's delivery is met superbly by Richards. De Gea tips over, but the referee decides there was a foul.

  • 87'

    Hart punches the corner clear. It comes back in again, and this time the England No. 1 claims securely.

  • 86'

    Jones with a great ball into Rooney, who frees Cleverley on the right. His cross is cleared behind for a United corner.

  • 85'

    Five minutes remaining, United still looking the most likely to win it.

  • 84'

    Yaya Toure goes for glory from 30 yards. Suffice to say, De Gea doesn't need to move.

  • 83'

    Silva links well with Yaya Toure, but the final ball isn't forthcoming for City. They come back at United, and this time Silva's cross is headed clear.

  • 82'

    Young tries to beat Richards, but there's no way past the City full-back. It's been a good battle between those two all afternoon.

  • 81'

    Shots on goal stats update. United 18-6 City.

  • 80'

    Dzeko is penalised for handball inside the United box.


    Chris Smalling diverts the ball home to put Manchester United back in the game

  • 79'

    Cleverley pounces on a loose ball on the edge of the box and fires a wild shot over the bar.

  • 78'

    Powerful play from De Jong in central midfield, who drives forward with intent.

  • 76'

    Great effort from Johnson, who cuts in from the right and fires a blistering shot towards De Gea's top corner. United's new goalkeeper does well to parry it away.

  • 75'

    Silva asks a lot of Clichy with a ball towards the corner flag...the former Arsenal man does well to reach it and win his side a corner.

  • 74'

    Another City change. Kolarov is replace by new signing Clichy.

  • 73'

    Rooney's low shot is blocked by one of his team-mates.

  • 72'

    Kompany pulls Young to the ground right on the edge of the City box. Before the free-kick is taken, Rafael da Silva replaces Erva.

  • 71'

    Welbeck and Young have both impressed for United this afternoon. Silva and Dzeko have looked sharp for City.

  • 70'

    Welbeck's cross from the left fizzes across the six-yard box. Nobody gets a touch.


    Nani wheels away after capping a sensational team goal by Manchester United

  • 68'

    Great lunging tackle from Lescott, who steals the ball away from Rooney just as United are threatening to open City up.

  • 67'

    Adam Johnson replaces England team-mate Milner for City.

  • 66'

    We go to penalties if it's level at full-time.

  • 65'

    Great stuff from Jones, who makes an interception and sets Young away on the left. All United at the moment.

  • 64'

    Young goes long to Nani. City clear, but United come straight back at them.

  • 63'

    City clear a United corner, but it comes back over from Evra...all the way to Rooney, who blasts a volley over the bar from a tight angle.

  • 62'

    United have had 13 shots on goal to City's 4.


    Edin Dzeko is congratulated by his team-mates following a wicked strike

  • 60'

    Kolarov is the latest man in the book, making it five yellow cards and counting for City.

  • 59'

    Balotelli's afternoon is over. He's replaced by the altogether more sensible Barry.

  • 57'

    GOAL UNITED ARE LEVEL! Brilliant goal from the champions. Rooney and Cleverley combine to play in Nani, who chips an exquisite finish past Hart.

  • 56'

    Young's attempt is blocked by the City wall.

  • 55'

    Milner tracks back to tackle Nani, but he's late and goes in the book. United have a free-kick in shooting range...

  • 53'

    Smalling was completely unmarked as his ran onto Young's ball there. Poor defending from City.

  • 52'

    GOAL UNITED PULL ONE BACK! Young sends over a superb curling free-kick from the left and Smalling volleys a finish past Hart from 6 yards!

  • 51'

    United continue to dominate territory and possession at Wembley.

  • 50'

    Cleverley sends over a good cross from the right, which Welbeck meets at the near post 10 yards out. His header is 5 yards wide of target.

  • 49'

    Ashley Young tries to make space for a cross on the left, but Richards stays very tight to him and concedes a throw.

  • 47'

    Smalling with a chance to make progress on the right, but the ball gets caught under his feet. He concedes a throw.

  • 46'

    Evans and Jones are United's central pairing in defence now.

  • 46'

    The second half is underway at Wembley. No changes to report for City.


    United substitutions: Cleverley, Evans and Jones replace Vidic, Ferdinand and Carrick


    Joleon Lescott rises well to plant a header past David de Gea


    De Gea will get blamed for both City goals, but there was nothing he could have done for the first. Just a great delivery from Silva. He got caught out by the second, however. Dzeko's shot swerved, but it was still a yard inside the post. What do you think? - @willtidey


    Manchester City celebrate Joleon Lescott's opening goal


    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini orchestrates matters from the touchline

  • 45'

    And that's the half-time whistle. United dominated the possession and territory, but it's City who lead - courtsey of Lescott's header and Dzeko's fine strike. Not a 45 minutes to remember for De Gea.

  • 45'

    GOAL WHAT A STRIKE! Dzeko fires a superb low shot past De Gea from 30 yards to put City 2-0 up! United's new goalkeeper was at full stretch, but surely he shouldn't be beaten from that range.

  • 44'

    Silva is having a good game. He slides a ball forward to Balotelli, but Vidic is sharp enough to steal it away.

  • 43'

    The goal came against the run of play, but in truth United have failed to really test Hart thus far.

  • 42'

    Anderson finds Young, who tries his luck from distance...his effort is sliced well wide.

  • 40'

    Silva shoots, but his effort is deflected behind for a corner. United clear their lines.

  • 39'

    Evra goes in the book for a foul on Milner, right on the edge of the United box.

  • 38'

    GOAL CITY LEAD! Silva's superb delivery invites LESCOTT to rise and send a glancing header past De Gea!

  • 37'

    Evra fouls Dzeko. City have a free-kick on United's right, level with the penalty area.

  • 36'

    Nani goes for goal from fully 35 yards. His effort deflects off Balotelli and just past Hart's left post. United waste the resulting corner.

  • 35'

    Another fierce tackle. This time De Jong wallops Welbeck and is extremely fortunate not to be booked. United have a central free-kick, in range...

  • 34'

    Yaya Toure is the next in the book, his crime being a collection of fouls rather than a particularly bad one.

  • 33'

    Great cross from Kolarov on City's left. Silva gets a touch at the near post, but United clear for a corner.

  • 32'

    No shortage of tackles flying in so far. You get the distinct feeling we could see a red card at some point this afternoon.

  • 31'

    Nani slides in at the feet of Balotelli, who's left writhing on the floor. No foul given. Balotelli was trying a piece of fancy footwork there...he's back up and will be fine.


    Nigel de Jong makes a sliding challenge to nick the ball off Nani

  • 29'

    City on the break. Silva plays a slide-rule pass into Milner, who shoots across De Gea. Just wide. Best chance of the match so far.

  • 28'

    Smalling gets forward on the United right. He sends over a teasing cross and Richards has to stoop to head clear.

  • 27'

    Nani swings over a corner from the United right. Yaya Toure heads strongly clear.

  • 25'

    Welbeck plays a neat one-two with Nani and bursts inside the City box. Hart is committed, but City manage to clear for a corner.

  • 24'

    DejiAviri with a prediction on Twitter: "It's gonna be City 2-1 United - Baloteli and Sergio scoring for City, Wayne Rooney for United!"


    Manchester City fans doing the 'Poznan' at Wembley

  • 23'

    Rooney tries to curl one, but his effort is just high and wide of the right-hand upright.

  • 21'

    Richards with an ugly lunge on Young right on the edge of the box. Lucky to escape with a yellow.

  • 20'

    United have enjoyed 56% of the possession so far, and arguably been the better side.

  • 19'

    Anderson and Dzeko both go in the book for a feisty exchange on the halfway line.

  • 17'

    United link well down City's left. Anderson eventually sends a cross over, but Kolarov heads clear.

  • 15'

    The official Manchester City Twitter account reacted instantly to defend Balotelli. "He didn't rise to it." For the record, he did.

  • 14'

    Vidic in aggresively on Balotelli, who reacts by squaring up to the defender. The referee has a word to calm him down.

  • 13'

    Rooney bursts through centrally and spreads the play to Nani on the right...but the winger's chipped cross is easily dealt with.

  • 12'

    Milner caught by his England team-mate Rooney on the halfway line. City win a free-kick.

  • 11'

    Mark Lomas at Wembley: "Cracking opening, United were immediately in the ascendancy but City pushing forward themselves in the last couple of minutes."

  • 10'

    Both sets of supporters are in fine voice. The game has settled down somewhat now after a frenetic opening.

  • 8'

    City enjoy a nice spell of possesion, which ends when Balotelli is flagged offside. Rain coming down at Wembley.

  • 7'

    Twitter prediction from Icykuda: "Man utd 3-1 City, Rooney, Welbeck, Nani, Dzeko"

  • 6'

    Dzeko tries to cross from the right, but Ferdinand intercepts to conceded a corner...United clear at the near post.

  • 5'

    End to end stuff. City win a corner on the left, but Vidic is up strongly to head clear.

  • 4'

    Rooney finds Young, whose shot is deflected behind for a corner. It comes over from the right, Rooney heads it back across and Smalling scuffs his effort from 5 yards...Hart gathers.

  • 3'

    Good early tempo from United. Rooney tries to link up with Nani at the edge of the City box..the move breaks down.

  • 2'

    Young's inswinging free-kick is headed away by Kompany.

  • 2'

    Evra wins an early free-kick for United with a strong run down the left.

  • 1'

    And we're underway at Wembley. City in blue shirts and shorts, with striped blue and white socks. United in their traditional red shirts, white shorts, black socks.


    Manchester City fans prepare for kick-off


    The teams are in the tunnel as comeback 90s rockers Reef blast out their hit "Place Your Hands" Strange booking? Don't forget the last band to play the old Wembley Stadium were...Toploader.


    ESPNsoccernet's Mark Lomas: "At Wembley looking forward to Utd v City - LOTS of empty seats, thought overcast conditions would be perfect weather for 90,000 Mancunians!"


    We've got a man at Wembley today, and that man is Mark Lomas - @marklomasESPN


    Soccernet's Richard Jolly was at Paul Scholes' testimonial at Old Trafford on Friday night - take a read of his feature here


    United bench: Lindegaard, Jones, Berbatov, Park, Rafael Da Silva, Evans, Cleverley


    City bench: Taylor, Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Savic, Aguero, Barry, Clichy


    Manchester United starting XI: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Nani, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck


    Manchester City starting XI: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong, David Silva, Yaya Toure, James Milner, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko


    Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko will form the City frontline. New signing Sergio Aguero will start on the bench.


    Breaking team news: David de Gea, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick confirmed starters for United. The champions will have Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck up front.


    You can send your comments, predictions and questions to me on Twitter - @willtidey


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