The Community Shield: City vs United [P+R]


Słowiańska Dusza

From the current capital of English football, last season's FA Cup winners and Premier League champions renew their battle local for supremacy in this Wembley curtain raiser.


Manchester City (4-3-3): Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, De Jong, Toure Yaya; Silva, Balotelli, Aguero.

Carlos Tevez will take no part in the traditional curtain-raiser, as he has been given an extended leave by the Eastlands club and is not expected to return to training until Monday.

But one man's loss could be another's gain, as record signing Sergio Aguero may take the place of his international team-mate to make his competitive debut for City.

Manchester United (4-4-2): De Gea; Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Young, Jones, Anderson, Nani; Rooney, Berbatov.

Michael Carrick is nursing a tight Achilles, while defender Rafael sustained a minor injury in the recent pre-season friendly victory over Barcelona.

Javier Hernandez sustained a concussion during the Red Devils' tour of the USA, and will not take any part in the upcoming game against his club's local rivals at Wembley.

Manchester United are the most successful team in the history of the FA Community Shield - previously known as the FA Charity Shield – and have won it a record 18 times.

In the past 10 years, the Red Devils have made their way to this match on six occasions, with the seventh set to take place on Sunday in the clash against arch-rivals Manchester City.

The most number of goals scored in one game in the Shield is 12, when United beat Swindon Town 8-4 back in 1911.

Ryan Giggs holds the record for the most number of appearances in the annual game between the FA Cup holders and the Premier League winners, with 13 such encounters to his name. On eight occasions, the Old Trafford club ended up with a positive result.

Manchester City last played in the Shield in 1973, losing 1-0 to Burnley at the time, with defender Colin Waldron having had the honour of scoring the only goal in the game.

The last time these two sides met in this fixture was back in 1956, when a solitary goal from Red Devils legend Dennis Viollet settled matters on the day.

From 1997 to 2004, there appeared to be a 'curse' surrounding the Community Shield, whereby no team that won the season opener went on to win the league. But that has changed in recent years, as the winners of the Shield have gone on to win the Premier League in five of the last six seasons.


Make America Great Again
Don't matter, but I was pounding Red Bull and Vodkas last night, so I'm still up and heading to the bar in 90 minutes.


Słowiańska Dusza
What is so special about De Gea? Two clearly mistakes made in the first half. The first goal was about "should I stay (in the goal) or should I go now".


Everyone's Favourite Diabetic
It's classed as a "Friendly", can do up to 6 (and it was Rafael not Fabio). Superb second goal from United


Fan Favourite
Disappointing debut by De Gea especially on second goal. I hope he learns and improves. It's too soon to judge him, he's so young.

Good staff from Cleverly, Smalling and Jones. I think Cleverly will be shine this year.
Yeah, second goal was Barca style goal, pure football.

It’s always goal to start season with this title, it gives extra motivation to the team.


Senior Squad
Team like Manchester City shouldn't drop 2:0 lead. Anyway, good game, great second half. United showed once more why is top team...
Nice intro for the beginning of the season.