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Community Shield

  • 7 August 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 77169
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Manchester City - Manchester United Preview: Roberto Mancini & Sir Alex Ferguson lock horns in Community Shield derby

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, De Jong, Toure Yaya
Silva, Balotelli, Aguero
MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra
Young, Jones, Anderson, Nani
Rooney, Berbatov

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.

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.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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 appearances 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.

Players to watch

S. Agüero

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Sergio Aguero should either start or get a chance to make his mark on the game at some point, particularly given the absence of fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez.

The 23-year-old is the club's record signing, and a good performance could do wonders to his self-confidence as well as morale at the club.

De Gea

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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David de Gea will likely get his first taste of competitive football in England, having made a big money move to Manchester United during the summer.

Being pitted against the strength of the City attack may give some insight into what the shot-stopper is capable of, as he embarks on the rigours of his first English season.

Editor's Prediction

This fixture is nothing out of the ordinary for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, and he may mix and match the personnel in his line-up to give some of his new acquisitions a look in.

But City are where they are after well over three decades, and Roberto Mancini will probably field a strong side to send out an early message to the rest of the potential Premier League title chasers.

And beating United 1-0 in the last cup meeting between the two sides - which was the semi-final of the FA Cup - at Wembley might play positively on the players' minds.

However, the Red Devils have the quality necessary to take down almost any opposition, and a closely fought tie resulting in a victory could be on the cards.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Manchester United

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
30%
67%

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester City FC MNC
1 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester City FC MNC
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU

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