Manchester United vs Manchester City Match Preview
Manchester United and Manchester City will face off in a high stakes FA Community Shield on Sunday.
Manchester rivals United and City will battle for the FA Community Shield on Sunday.
Traditionally a low intensity curtain raiser, the sub plot of City trying to score psychological points as they try to usurp their Manchester neighbors will add an edge to this game.
Premier League winners United broke Liverpool’s record for most English titles last season, while City’s FA Cup victory ended a 35 year trophy drought.
Summer signings Ashley Young and Phil Jones could start for United, while young Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea is battling Anders Lindegaard for the start in goal.
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez will miss out due to concussion for United, while Darren Fletcher is also unavailable. Antonio Valencia and Brazilian defender Rafael are also sidelined with injury.
United may also rest starters such as Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Nemanja Vidic for all or part of the game. The trio played at least 45 minutes on Friday night when United beat the New York Cosmos 6-0.
City look set to field some new faces, including club record signing Sergio Aguero who is expected to play a part from the bench. Stefan Savic and former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy also look likely to play.
Renowned Manchester hater Carlos Tevez is on leave and will not play for City. His absence could save him an ear bashing from both sets of supporters.
With United looking to shut up the “noisy neighbors,” and City looking to show early signs of a Blue Moon rising over Manchester you can be sure of one thing in this preseason game. It will not be a friendly.