With the new season on the horizon, the Community shield match gives the fans a glimpse into what the top two domestic teams have in store for them in the coming season.
The Community Shield is a one match affair, played between the winner of the Premier league and the FA Cup. Ironically, it were two teams from Manchester, namely Manchester United and Manchester City, who won the two trophies respectively. So, come 7th of August, both local rivals would be battling it out for the first silverware of the new season.
With the match being a derby, many expect the fixture to be much more than a match. The victor would get exclusive bragging rights over the other and every time these two teams have met, an entertaining football match has occurred.
However, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to change his approach towards the game. The Scotsman sees the match as nothing more than a stepping stone for the new season and believes that the match would be used as a tool to get his players match fit for the start of the new season.
The last time these two Manchester clubs met each other at Wembley was in April, when Man City was able to win the FA Cup semi final. City went on to win the final by defeating Stoke 1-0.
Sir Alex however claimed that there was nothing to get emotional about and he merely saw the match as a chance to try all the players out.
"I have always viewed the Community Shield as a stepping stone to the first game of the season. It's very easy to get emotional about this type of game but I don't think we will be changing our policy. There may be two or three players who need the game on Sunday," stated the 69-year old.
United would be without midfielder Michael Carrick for the fixture, who has picked up an Achilles issue while playing in the Edwin Van Der Sar Testimonial match this Wednesday. United however would welcome the return of Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia and Rafael, who had some medical issues for a few weeks. Sir Alex also confirmed that 23 year old Mexican star Javier Hernandez would play not part of the match and would also miss the start of the season. Hernandez, commonly known as Chicharito, suffered a mild concussion while training at the start of the month.
"Chicharito won't be involved for maybe another two or three weeks - considering he had a concussion some years ago we are just playing safe with that but he should be back by the end of August," added the United boss.