Robin van Persie will lead the line for Manchester United against Wigan. Image courtesy of skysports.com
English Premier League champions Manchester United take on FA Cup winners Wigan in the Community Shield on Sunday night (AEST), less than a week before a new league campaign gets underway. It will be the first competitive match in charge for new boss David Moyes, who took the reins from Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.
The Scot will be without several of the players that played a big role in the Red Devils success during the 2012/13 season for this match, with Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans and Nani all unavailable. Rooney is embroiled in an ongoing transfer drama as he tries to push through a move to Chelsea and is also suffering from a shoulder injury, while Evans and Nani are still laid low with ankle and groin issues respectively. Goalkeeper David de Gea and Javier Hernandez both sat out the clubs draw with AIK in Sweden earlier this week but are expected to play.
Despite winning the FA Cup courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in May, the Latics were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season and have already begun life in the Championship. They hammered Barnsley 4-0 last Saturday, with big name recruit Grant Holt on the scoresheet. Former England goalkeeper Scott Carson also debuted for the Latics in that match and will take his place between the posts at Wembley, while Irish winger James McLean could debut after joining the club from Sunderland on Thursday.
This is the first time that Wigan has played in the Community Shield, but United are no strangers to the match having lifted the trophy a record 19 times, with the most recent success coming in 2011. The Red Devils won both league meetings between these clubs 4-0 last season and will be keen to secure their first piece of silverware under the new regime.
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