Date: 13th July 2010 at 5:37pm
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Having lost our Premier League title to Chelsea, last season, could we be about to give them an advantage in the traditional season curtain raiser, the Community Shield!

Comments attributed to Sir Alex Ferguson that appeared in the press this morning; confirm that he will not be playing those players who were on World Cup duty with the names of Patrice Evra and Wayne Rooney being specifically mentioned.

More worryingly, after also losing in the Community Shield to Chelsea last season, Sir Alex has dismissed the match as nothing more than a glorified pre-season match to prepare his side for the opening Premier League fixture Newcastle a week later!

Speaking about the forthcoming trip to America and the curtain raiser, Sir Alex has commented,

‘Winning is part of what we have to do here [in the United States], but the main object is to get everyone game time and come back ready, fit to start the season.”

‘Even the Community Shield does not come into the agenda in terms of a ‘need to win’ game. It’s always been used at this club as the final part of our preparation.”

‘It is on August 8 and then the players have internationals during that week. We then have our first game the following Monday against Newcastle.’


I wonder if Sir Alex would show a little more enthusiasm for the Community Shield if it were moved away from being the traditional curtain-raiser!

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