Keane Off As Chelsea Show No Charity

Chelsea claimed the last trophy to be won at Wembley
Hasselbaink 22, Melchiot 73
One2One FA Charity Shield, Wembley


Minute-by-minute | Fergie | Vialli

Tim Hobbs reporting

Chelsea claimed the last trophy to be won at Wembley before the Twin Towers come down as the red mist descended once again on Manchester United skipper Roy Keane.

Keane was sent off after 63 minutes for a crude challenge on Gustavo Poyet, just weeks after claiming he was going to steer clear of trouble this season.

It was the seventh time he has been sent off since joining United.

Keane had already sparked an 11-man brawl by clattering into Poyet in the first half and had remonstrated with referee Mike Riley following a clash with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink less than a minute before he was given his marching orders.

To rub salt into Sir Alex Fergusons wounds, it took Chelsea just 12 minutes to make their numerical advantage count as Mario Melchiot added to Hasselbainks first-half opener.

United were second best throughout a muted first half and escaped twice in the opening stages when Mario Stanic blasted woefully off target and headed a Gianfranco Zola cross wide of the far post.

Hasselbaink then sounded a warning by dragging a low drive wide of the mark before breaking the deadlock on 22 minutes.

A long punt downfield was flicked on by Poyet and the 15million striker darted between Ronny Johnsen and substitute Jaap Stam who had only been on the pitch for three minutes to lift a calm finish over Fabien Barthez, with the help of a slight deflection.

Uniteds best chance came just before the break when Paul Scholes latched on to an exquisite through ball from David Beckham but saw his lofted effort drift wide of the mark.

The second half started with Frank Leboeuf testing compatriot Barthez with a low drive, before the game sparked into life as Keane clashed with Hasselbaink, referee Riley and anybody else who tried to calm him down.

A minute later he caught Poyet from behind and was shown a straight red, although there were no complaints this time as he marched stone-faced down the Wembley tunnel.

Ferguson responded by throwing on Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, but so inaffective were Uniteds attackers, that marauding right-back Melchiot was able to break forward and seal Chelseas triumph with a low left-footed drive past Barthez on 73 minutes.

Chelsea: de Goey, Babayaro, Leboeuf, Desailly, Poyet, Hasselbaink, Wise, Stanic, Melchiot, Di Matteo, Zola.
Subs: Le Saux, Ambrosetti, Flo, Morris, Lambourde, Gudjohnsen, Cudicini.

Man Utd: Barthez, G. Neville, Irwin, Johnsen, Silvestre, Beckham, Scholes, Keane, Giggs, Sheringham, Solskjaer.
Subs: Van Der Gouw, Yorke, Cole, P. Neville, Stam, Butt, Fortune.

Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

Minute-by-minute analysis

81 mins: Scholes booked for foul on Gudjohnsen
79 mins: Hasselbaink fires low drive just wide
78 mins: Fortune replaces Giggs
76 mins: Le Saux returns from injury to replace Poyet
74 mins: Gudjohnsen makes Chelsea debut, on for Zola
73 mins: GOAL! Melchiot rifles low drive past Barthez from 18 yards
69 mins: Di Matteo makes way for Morris
69 mins: Cole and Yorke come on for Solskjaer and Sheringham
61 mins: OFF! Keane sent off after foul on Poyet - straight red
58 mins: Keane remonstrates with ref after Hasselbaink foul
52 mins: Leboeuf tests Barthez with low drive

First half
44 mins: Scholes pokes wide of far post after Beckham through ball
41 mins: Zola flashes first-time effort across face of goal
35 mins: Zola almost pounces on confusion between Barthez and Irwin
33 mins: Melchiot tackle denies Sheringham after flowing move
22 mins: GOAL! Hasselbaink fires Chelsea ahead after Poyet flick-on
19 mins: Solskjaer slices United's first effort wide
19 mins: Stam replaces injured Sylvestre
15 mins: Hasselbaink drags shot wide of far post
14 mins: Stanic heads wide from Zola cross
13 mins: 11-man brawl after Keane escapes booking for foul on Poyet
8 mins: Stanic fires well wide from 12 yards
7 mins: Beckham free-kick straight into wall



Sir Alex Ferguson Charity Shield match report

Sir Alex Ferguson rapped referee Mike Riley after Roy Keane saw red again this time under the Twin Towers.

Fergie, never one to publically criticise his players, claims he did not see the the 62nd-minute tackle that led to Keanes seventh sending off in his United career but claims Riley should have clamped down on some crunching tackles before that.

Ferguson said: The referee waited too long to act. There were a lot players going in hard right throughout the game. You have to be fair to both camps and were just waiting to see how long he (Riley) was going to leave it.

It is a showpiece occasion, but if someone commits a yellow card offence, the appropriate action should be taken.

Ferguson was undoubtedly referring to the first flashpoint of the second half that saw Chelsea goal hero Jimmy Floys Hasselbaink clash with Keane.

The United skipper was forced to go off for treatment after Hasselbaink appeared to stand on his foot and he was back on the pitch less than a minute before catching Gustavo Poyet from behind.

Keane will be banned for three Premiership matches, but Ferguson did not seem too bothered by the loss of his inspirational skipper.

He said: It is a blow because Roy is important to the team and is a great captain. I think he will be disappointed himself, but we have got a good squad and we will just get on it.

Perhaps the most alarming feature of Uniteds third straight Charity Shield flop was the failure of any of their forwards to make an impact.

Ferguson replaced Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, but United failed to force a real save out of Ed De Goey and that was their managers main grumble.

He said: I think we played too much football in the last third of the field. I thought it was nice and pretty, some really clever stuff, nice to look at but no shots. At the end of the day thats the area in which we really do best.

The 2-0 defeat made for an unhappy debut for goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, but Ferguson who admitted in the press that he is expecting a few heart attacks courtesy of the Frenchman this season was happy with his start.

He said: The first goal, was a deflection so he had absolutely no chance and the second one whistled through Jaap Stams legs, so hes a bit unfortunate in that respect.

But he did very well and Im very pleased.



Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Charity Shield match report

Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli has warned his players not to make the same mistakes as last season and get carried away by beating Manchester United.

Chelsea demolished United 5-0 in the Premiership at Stamford Bridge last October to suggest they could replace Sir Alex Fergusons team as champions.

Instead, the Blues didnt win any of their next five games while United lost just twice more all season in the Premiership to win the league by 18 points.

Thats why Vialli wasnt getting carried away by the 2-0 win in the Charity Shield. Im sure the Manchester United players will feel this defeat and will be spot on for the first league game. We have to be the same against West Ham otherwise this victory wont count for anything. If we get carried away I am sure West Ham will make it very difficult for us."

However Vialli was delighted how quickly his new boys Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mario Stanic and Eidur Gudjohnsen did at Wembley and with the contributions of senior players Gianfranco Zola and Graeme Le Saux.

Scoring a goal in his first game will give Jimmy a lot of confidence. Mario did very well in his first game and youc could see when Gudjohnsen came on he is not afraid of the big stage.

It was great to see Le Saux play 25 minutes after being out for 10 months. It proved to everyone he is nearly back at his best.

Zola won the man-of-the-match trophy and Vialli revealed how close he had come to losing the little Italian in the summer.

"Gianfranco wanted to move his family back to Italy because of problems but they have been sorted out by the club and he is even happier this year, said Vialli.

"He knows I consider him a key player. He can be decisive so winning this trophy will convince him that staying was the right decision to make."

Zola was happy to play with 15million new boy Hasselbaink, who opened the scoring after 22 minutes. It is the beginning and we need to work, but we played very well together. It was the best possible start for the team and the fans.

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