So David Moyes has collected the first trophy of his Manchester United reign.
And, of course, you hear the detractors and United haters saying that it's just the Community Shield. It's nothing to shout about.
Sure. No doubt. It's just the Community Shield.
But what would have happened if United had lost the match? You know they will be saying things like: "United have no hope in the league this year. They can't even win the Community Shield!"
Do not doubt it, people. It may have just been the Community Shield, but it will be a confidence booster. Let's just hope it's not the one and only thing Moyes wins with MU.
A football website I follow, teamtalk.com, has posted its predictions for the coming season. The writer, Matt Stead, believes United will struggle this season. In fact, in listing his top six, Stead predicts United will finish fourth, behind Chelsea, Man City and Spurs, in that order. For the fifth and sixth slots, he named Liverpool and Arsenal, respectively.
Stead also predicts that MU will win the FA Cup, however.
As far as I am concerned, I am not expecting much from Moyes. After all, it is his first season in charge and even SAF took a while before getting in a winning side. I do agree with Stead's assessment that Chelsea and Man City will be up there. But I see United challenging for it with the two clubs.
All said and done, I am really looking forward to the start of the new season. The weekend can't come any sooner.