Community Shield Preview: Wigan - Manchester United
David Moyes prepares for his first real test in charge of the Premier League champion against the FA Cup-winning Latics, who fly the flag for the Championship at Wembley Stadium.
By Ryan Bailey
Perch, Barnett, Boyce, Crainey
Maloney, McArthur, McClean
Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Zaha
While the Community Shield is traditonally seen as the season curtain-raiser, Wigan has already started its campaign. A comprehensive 4-0 victory over Barnsley last week was the perfect start for Owen Coyle, and the new Latics boss has no new injury worries to contend with ahead of his club's trip to London.
Defender and summer signing Thomas Rogne is likely to remain sidelined with the back injury he picked up during preseason, but Coyle has plenty of options with Leon Barnett and Emerson Boyce impressing during the season opener at Oakwell.
Republic of Ireland winger James McClean completed his move to the DW Stadium from Sunderland on Thursday, becoming the club's 10th summer signing, and he should be involved in some capacity as he looks to make an instant impact.
Meanwhile, veteran Grant Holt is expected to lead the line ahead of fellow new-boy Marc-Antoine Fortune, but Gary Caldwell (hip) and Ivan Ramis (knee) are out until at least October.
The future of Wayne Rooney remains uncertain, and, despite being named in England's squad for next week's friendly against Scotland, the striker is a major doubt for Sunday's clash according to his manager.
Rooney has missed the majority of United's preseason preparations with a hamstring injury but is now struggling with a shoulder complaint.
The involvement of defender Jonny Evans and winger Nani is also in question after the pair limped out of the 1-1 draw with AIK on Tuesday.
Moyes should be able to call upon David de Gea and Javier Hernandez, who are both expected to feature in Rio Ferdinand's testimonal against Sevilla on Friday.
After an impressive string of performances in preseason, Wilfried Zaha is likely to be afforded minutes, while Darren Fletcher (bowel condition) and Nick Powell (leg) remain sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This year’s Community Shield marks the first time a club outside the top division features in the curtain-raising fixture since 1980, when West Ham lost to Liverpool.
- Wigan has beaten Manchester United only once in 17 attempts (all competitions), losing the other 16.
- In the last four Community Shield games, 13 goals were scored in the second half, with only five netted in the first 45 minutes.
- This match marks the first time the Latics have appeared in the Community Shield.
- Grant Holt (pictured right) scored eight Premier League goals last season for Norwich before his 2 million pound switch to DW Stadium, and he scored on his Wigan debut last week.
- Manchester United has won two and lost none of its last five matches in the Community Shield, winning two by way of a penalty shootout.
- There have been 18 goals scored in the last four Community Shield games during regulation.
- Five of the last six Community Shield matches have seen one of the two competing teams go on to win the Premier League title in that season.
- Manchester United won both league meetings between the sides last season, scoring eight goals and keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Top 3 Predictions
Wigan Athletic 0-3 Manchester United
- 17.82 %
Wigan Athletic 1-3 Manchester United
- 16.09 %
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester United
- 9.73 %
|FA Community Shield (FACS)||Aug 11, 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - Manchester United 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 1, 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - Manchester United 4|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 15, 2012||Manchester United 4 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 11, 2012||Wigan Athletic 1 - Manchester United 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 26, 2011||Manchester United 5 - Wigan Athletic 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||Millwall 2 - Wigan Athletic 1||ENG2|
|Dec 4, 2013||Leeds 2 - Wigan Athletic 0||ENG2|
|Dec 1, 2013||Wigan Athletic 1 - Derby 3||ENG2|
|Nov 28, 2013||Wigan Athletic 1 - Zulte-Waregem 2||EL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Wigan Athletic 0 - Brighton 1||ENG2|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed