David De Gea
New United signing David De Gea is expected to make his United debut this afternoon. REUTERS

The traditional curtain-raiser for the English Premier League kicks-off this afternoon when defending champions Manchester United take on FA Cup holders Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Both sides are hotly-tipped to challenge both domestically and in Europe this season and today's match promises a taster for what the rest of the season has in store.

City beat United in their FA Cup semifinal encounter last season, while in the league, a late Wayne Rooney overhead goal gave United the victory when the two sides met at Old Trafford. The corresponding fixture at the City of Manchester Stadium finished level.

In the U.K., the match will once again be shown live exclusively on Sky Sports, with match highlights and live streaming also available on the company's website. Live coverage starts from 1430 BST.

In Australia, Setanta Sports will broadcast the match, a full list of highlights packages is available on the company's website.