Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-1 in this year’s Community Shield and rarely looked out of their comfort zone. Edwin Van der Sar made a couple of great saves whilst United put their efforts in spots the keeper couldn’t get to.

Ryan Giggs has today conceded that the Shield doesn’t mean an awful lot, but shows what United are capable of.

“The Community Shield does not have a direct bearing on what is going to happen over the coming months but it does send out a marker,” said Giggs. “I felt we controlled the game – Chelsea are a good team and at times we made them look ordinary. If you look at the squad at Wembley, there were players who didn’t even get on the bench. There’s Raphael, Macheda, Brown Cleverley who has done brilliantly pre-season. There’s Ferdinand and we’ve got Anderson to come back. We have got a really strong squad to injuries permitting throughout the season we can be stronger than last year.”