Manchester United edged Chelsea, 3-0, on penalty kicks to win the annual English curtain-raiser, the Community Shield, on Sunday after their game at Wembley ended in a 1-1 draw.
goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar
saved three penalties in the shootout.
Both goals came in the first half. Ryan
gave United the lead in the 35th minute, but Chelsea's new France winger, Florent Malouda
, scored a fine solo goal just before halftime.
Chelsea was without many of its stars. Injuries ruled captain John Terry
, striker Didier Drogba
, Andriy Shevchenko
and Salomon Kalou
and midfielder Claude Makelele
, and Dutch
winger Arjen Robben
or Germany captain Michael Ballack
, who Spanish media reported are the subject of a combined $50
million offer from Real Madrid, also didn't play against United.
"When you ask about John Terry, Drogba, Ballack, Kalou and Makelele and all of the boys who were not here, I don't want to
go in that direction," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
said. "Because I want to respect the players I have here today -- they played very very well for