Premier League champions Manchester United and FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic face off for the FA Community Shield on Sunday afternoon, at Wembley. The traditional curtain-raiser to the domestic season features two clubs in transition, with new managers on both touchlines and new tactics and playing styles expected.
This is the second time the Latics will make the trip to Wembley in 2013; they were here for a dramatic 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final. Ben Watson's injury time header not only condemned City to defeat but also cost Roberto Mancini his job.
United, meanwhile, will appear courtesy of their Premier League title win in April.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off at Wembley is scheduled for 2pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1 and ITV 1 HD and starts at 1.30pm BST. Radio commentary is on BBC Radio 5 Live and the build-up starts at 12pm BST.
Manchester United have had a somewhat disappointing pre-season, both in the transfer market and on the pitch.
New boss David Moyes was keen to stamp his authority on the side and the capture of Spain international (and former Arsenal captain) Cesc Fabregas would have been an ideal start. However, that transfer dragged on and it is now certain that the Barcelona midfielder will stay at the Nou Camp this season.
The added snub of another key target in Fabregas' team mate, Thiago Alcantara, means Moyes is struggling to offer the same image of United that Sir Alex Ferguson could. A win today, in his first competitive game as United boss, will go a long way towards calming the nerves.
Unfortunately, the Old Trafford side come into this game after a heavy 3-1 defeat to Spanish club Sevilla. Organised as a testimonial for veteran centre-back Rio Ferdinand, it wound up as a sobering experience and perhaps emphasises the need to reinforce the squad.
Meanwhile, Wigan suffered heartbreak immediately after tasting FA Cup success - they were relegated from the Premier League and began their Championship season last weekend with a thumping 4-0 away win at Barnsley. The Latics remain a strong side, and in new manager Owen Coyle they have someone who is aware of the qualities needed to survive in the second division.
Against Barnsley, Watson was once again a goal scorer and summer recruit Grant Holt scored to carry his impressive goal scoring form from Norwich City. Goals from Leon Barnett and Shaun Maloney secured a first league win of the season.
Interestingly, Wigan have had a markedly better pre-season than United, although the quality of opponents may have contributed to that statistic. The Latics won five of six games, scoring 15 goals and conceding only four in reply; the run included a 6-1 hammering of Major League Soccer (MLS) club Dayton Dutch Lions and a 1-0 defeat of Greek champions Atromitos.
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D W D L
- Last Match: Manchester United 1 - 3 Sevilla
- Last Result (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W W
- Last Match: Barnsley 0 - 4 Wigan Athletic
Moyes has a few concerns, with England striker Wayne Rooney at the top of the list. Whether the 27-year-old will be allowed to complete what he calls his dream move, to Chelsea, is more important than his shoulder injury.
In either case, the former Everton man is unavailable for this game. England team mate Ashley Young and Portugal winger Nani have also been left out of the matchday squad. Defender Jonny Evans is still a doubt after the Northern Irish international was withdrawn from the 1-1 friendly against AIK.
Midfielder Darren Fletcher is still far away from any sort of return but Moyes will be able to count on Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who never managed to establish himself under Ferguson but appears to have impressed his new manager.
New signing Wilfried Zaha has impressed so far and could come off the bench for game time. The good news is goalkeeper David De Gea and Mexican striker Javier Hernandez are both ready to play.
Probable Line-Up: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Zaha; Kagawa; van Persie
Wigan have a few concerns too but nothing very serious. New signing Thomas Rogne is still out with a back problem but Barnett and Emerson Boyce present themselves as alternatives. Ireland international James McClean has confirmed his transfer to the DW Stadium and will probably start. Holt will be key up front; the 32-year-old was not quite at his best for the Canaries last season but a return of 23 goals over two seasons in the top flight (52 starts) is quite an impressive record.
Probable Line-Up: Carson; Perch, Barnett, Boyce, Crainey; McCarthy, Watson; Maloney, McArthur, McClean; Holt