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The 2008 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) was the 86th staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match played between the reigning Premier League champions and FA Cup winners. The match was played on 10 August 2008 between 2007–08 Premier League champions Manchester United and 2007–08 FA Cup winners Portsmouth as the "curtain-raiser" to the 2008–09 English football season.[2] The match marked the 100th year since the first Charity Shield, also won by Manchester United after a replay in August 1908.

2008 FA Community Shield
2008 Community Shield programme.jpg
Match programme cover
EventFA Community Shield
Manchester United won 3–1 on penalties
Date10 August 2008
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePeter Walton
20 °C (68 °F)[1]

Manchester United won the game 3–1 on penalties, after the match finished 0–0 after 90 minutes; the Community Shield no longer plays extra time if the teams are level at the end of normal time.

The match was the second meeting between the two teams in the space of two weeks, after they had played each other in a friendly in Nigeria on 27 July 2008. It was also the first Community Shield since 1996 to feature a team from outside the big four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. With this Community Shield title, United extended their record number of wins in the competition to 13 (17 including shared titles).


Match detailsEdit

Manchester United
GK 1   Edwin van der Sar
RB 2   Gary Neville (c)   61'   66'
CB 5   Rio Ferdinand
CB 15   Nemanja Vidić   45'
LB 3   Patrice Evra
RM 24   Darren Fletcher
CM 18   Paul Scholes
CM 22   John O'Shea   66'
LM 17   Nani   79'
SS 11   Ryan Giggs
CF 32   Carlos Tevez
GK 29   Tomasz Kuszczak
DF 6   Wes Brown   66'
DF 21   Rafael
DF 23   Jonny Evans
MF 16   Michael Carrick   66'
MF 34   Rodrigo Possebon
FW 31   Fraizer Campbell   79'
  Sir Alex Ferguson
GK 1   David James
RB 5   Glen Johnson
CB 15   Sylvain Distin   37'
CB 23   Sol Campbell (c)
LB 7   Hermann Hreiðarsson   79'
RM 8   Papa Bouba Diop
CM 30   Pedro Mendes   75'
CM 6   Lassana Diarra
LM 19   Niko Kranjčar   60'
CF 9   Peter Crouch
CF 14   Jermain Defoe
GK 21   Jamie Ashdown
DF 4   Lauren   79'
DF 20   Martin Cranie
DF 32   Djimi Traoré
MF 18   Arnold Mvuemba   75'
FW 17   John Utaka   60'
FW 26   Ben Sahar
  Harry Redknapp

Match officials

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 6 substitutions.

See alsoEdit


A. ^ Mark Clattenburg was originally appointed as the match referee,[3] but he was suspended over allegations of debt and replaced by Peter Walton.[4]


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  2. ^ "The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's". The Football Association. 27 February 2009. Archived from the original on 26 March 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Shield referee confirmed". The Football Association. 23 June 2008. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Ref Clattenburg hit by suspension". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.