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Six classic Charity Shield Moments

This year’s mouth-watering Charity Shield is only hours away. Let our video retrospective get you in the mood.

I am legend: a young Eric Cantona, c. 1992.
I am legend: a young Eric Cantona, c. 1992.
Image: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

WITH A MANCHESTER derby to look forward to in this year’s Community Shield encounter, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from previous match-ups.

From Edwin van der Sar’s hat-trick of saves to Eric Cantona’s hat-trick of goals, the season-opener has never been a fixture lacking in drama.

1. The Edwin van der Sar penalty-saving master class from 2007 will be remembered by many, as the Dutch keeper managed to save three in a row from Chelsea’s Pizarro, Lampard and Shaun Wright Philips to give Manchester United the win. The shot-stopper would go on to gain the nickname “Van der Save” following his penalty save from Nicolas Anelka to give United victory over Chelsea in the Champions League the following season.

2. The 1992 showpiece was indeed a thriller, with Leeds overcoming Liverpool 4-3. A young Eric Cantona gave us a glimpse of his class with this impressive hat-trick in a memorable final, including a header three minutes from time that opened up a two goal advantage, before Gordon Strachan’s own goal intervened to finish the day’s scoring.

3. Northern Ireland net minder Pat Jennings was renowned for keeping the ball out of the net, but on this occasion back in 1967 the Tottenham Hotspurs no 1. unleashed a monstrous kick out from his hands. With the bounce fooling Manchester United keeper Alex Stepney, the ball nestled in the net in a game that eventually finished 3-3.

4. Norwegian full back John Arne Riise was certainly prone to getting his name on the score sheet every now and then. The Norwegian put his Liverpool side ahead against Chelsea inside the opening nine minutes of the 2006 final. After collecting the ball just outside his own box, he ran uncontested through the heart of the Cardiff Stadium, only to let fly with a brilliant left footed effort into the bottom corner of the net.

5. It was unusual to see Peter Schmeichel left rooted to the spot, but 1993’s Community Shield encounter between United and Arsenal offered one such occasion. A brilliant strike from Arsenal legend Ian Wright, to equalise after Mark Hughes put the Manchester side ahead early on, left the Dane with no chance. Gunners joy was short-lived, though, as Wright would later miss during the penalty shootout to see Arsenal go down 5-4.

6. Javier Hernandez scored Manchester United’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Chelsea in last year’s Wembley affair. The Mexican managed to capitalise on Antonio Valencia’s cross, although his shot needed a deflection from his own face before ending up in the back of the net. You’ll take them whatever way they come, I suppose?

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