Posted August. 10, 2010 11:26,
Manchester United has gotten off to a strong start in the new English Premier League season by beating rival Chelsea, 3-1, in the FA Community Shield at Londons Wembley Stadium Sunday.
United will open the regular season against Newcastle Monday next week.
The Community Shield is considered the official start of the season by pitting the league champion against the FA Cup winner. Chelsea claimed both the league and cup crowns last season, while United finished runner-up.
Korean midfielder Park Ji-sung started as a side striker. He played the first half before being replaced by Luis Nani.
This season is Parks sixth year in the Premiership. He did not suffer a major injury last season but failed to show notable performances, starting just 10 of 38 games. He scored three goals in 17 matches, including those in which he came in as a substitute.
Park is pumped to do better this season following his stellar play at the South Africa World Cup, but must compete for a starting spot with Nani, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan.
KBS color commentator Han Joon-hee said, Manchester players are not as good as they were when the team had Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez. Since United failed to win the regular season title last season, it cannot afford to give sluggish players the chance to play.