New Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a consolation goal on his debut - the first of 150 goals he would score for the club in all competitions, in a five-year spell which averaged at 23 goals per season. Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister, in his 37th year, became one of the oldest goalscorers in a Charity Shield when he successfully converted a second minute penalty.
The game was marred by a series of hooligan incidents occurring near the stadium. It was being played the day before a Cardiff City game; a group of Cardiff City fans entered the Prince of Wales public house in the city to find it occupied by Manchester United fans staying in the city overnight. A series of running battles between fans of the two clubs followed, resulting in 22 arrests (including two boys aged just 11 and 13) as well as a man suffering stab wounds and a police officer suffering a broken arm. On the day of the game, an army of around 50 Cardiff and Liverpool hooligans were seen attacking United supporters in the Wood Street area.