After what seemed like ages, the kick-off of the new Premier League season is only days away. But before the kick-off takes centre stage, we are always treated to an appetiser which is the curtain raiser: The FA Community Shield.
However, reverse is this case here, as Leicester come into this game
as deserved champions following their Premier League title triumph, billed as the greatest underdog story in the history of football, and to a larger extent, the sporting fraternity. Their title triumph has seen star midfielder N’Golo Kante who was very key to their title success, leave the club to join de-throned champions, Chelsea.
Manchester United, on the other hand have a rich history in this competition as they have won 2 of the current 93 Community Shields. Their last appearance in this competition dates back to 2013 when Robin Van Persie’s brace helped then manager, David Moyes, see off the threat of Wigan Athletic.
United have played three pre-season games this summer, losing 1-4 to Borussia Dortmund, while a 5-2 win over Galatasaray in Stockholm, was followed by a 0-0 draw at home to Everton in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial game on Wednesday night at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho named a strong starting eleven in the game with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Martial, Rooney and co all starting.
Both sides met twice last season with both ties ending 1-1. Bastian
Schweinsteiger cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking goal which saw him set a record as the only player to have scored in eleven consecutive games in the Premier League while the tie in May saw Foxes captain Wes Morgan cancel out Anthony Martial’s opener for Manchester United.