Sir Alex recently branded the Community Shield as another pre-season fixture for United but I beg to disagree with the wise Gaffer. I think the games where defeats would hurt less ended yesterday.
United took on a League of Ireland XI and duly surprised no one by thrashing the patched up side 1-7. More importantly for us was that our World Cup players got a sniff of pre-season action and I'm glad it wasn't against the kind of opposition that would drain them of any energies that they've gathered while on break.
Park(2), Evans, Hernandez, Valencia, Nani and Michael Owen got us the goals. That Hernandez has a goal per game ratio for Mexico and that he has just about that with us (despite playing just cameo roles) is something that will give many fans hope for what leies ahead with him.
Now as I mentioned earlier, last night was the last night when defeat would hardly make me lose sleep so hopefully Sir Alex and his players will not treat the game on Sunday as 'another pre-season fixture'.
Because for starters I thought Chelsea robbed us of it last season (Ballack's act on Evra still hurts me) and that they did get twice lucky against us in the league so its high time we put one over them.
It ought to give the players added confidence going into the new season if they can head into it with a win over the lucky Champions.
Chelsea have been on a run of three successive pre-season defeats so it shouldn't be against us that that run in is ended.
More of that in the preview!