This season’s Community Shield is highly anticipated, as the world watches the beginning of the post-Ferguson era at Manchester United.
The Community Shield isn’t usually a game that most look forward to. Sir Alex Ferguson once referred to it as more a game to establish game fitness than anything else.
Nevertheless, over the years there have been a few crackers. Here are the best of the Premier League era.
Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City | 2011
It was the season City claimed their first league title in 44 years, but the Community Shield felt like a familiar story for them.
2-0 up at half-time, City were far superior to United, but Fergie made some inspired substitutions, which included bringing on Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley.
United quickly clawed themselves back to 2-2, before Nani pounced on a mistake deep into injury time to complete the comeback. As we all know though, City had the last laugh that season.
Chelsea 1 – 2 Liverpool | 2006
Chelsea’s record signing Andriy Schevchenko made his debut at the Millennium Stadium in 2006. Liverpool’s John Arne Riise put his team ahead, before Shevchenko showed the class that so often deserted him at Chelsea to slot home an equaliser.
However, it wasn’t to be his day, as Peter Crouch scored the winner for Liverpool late on. The game would come to epitomise Shevchenko's Chelsea career; the odd glimpse of genius but a failure.
Leeds United 4–3 Liverpool | 1992
This seven-goal thriller took place just months before Eric Cantona’s move to United, and the Frenchman stole the show, scoring a brilliant hat-trick in the process.
Cantona completed his hat-trick in 88th minute, heading past Bruce Grobbelar. Little did the Liverpool fans know, but it was a chilling sign of things to come as Cantona went on to score a host important goals against in a United shirt.
Manchester United 1–1 Arsenal (United win 5-4 on penalties) | 1993
It was a game that foreshadowed the fiery and tense rivalry that would come to be between Arsenal and United during the Premier League era, as well as Roy Keane’s debut for United.
Ian Wright gave Arsenal the lead with a sublime chip, but United eventually won on penalties with Peter Schmeichel saving opposite number David Seaman’s spot kick.
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