Friday , 17 November 2017

Community Shield: Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic – Preview

Community Shield: Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic – Preview

FA Cup winners, Wigan Athletic will take on last season’s EPL champion, Manchester United in a mouth watering affair. The game will be the first real test for David Moyes. Manchester United has had a less than impressive pre-season accompanied with the failure to make any big name additions to the squad as well as risking losing their once golden child, Wayne Rooney. All the pressure is on Moyes to make a statement with this game and it could be too much pressure for the former Everton manager to handle.

Wigan Athletic were surprise winners of the FA Cup, beating Manchester City. They may be the underdogs in the fixture as they were in the FA Cup final, but expect them to come with a winning mentality and one that could see another upset. Wigan has seen the addition of ten new players since Owen Coyle has taken charge. He has brought in Scott Carson (from Turkish club Bursaspor), Grant Holt (from Norwich) and James McClean (from Sunderland) to name a few.

Moyes has stated that he wants to make this trophy the first of many and would accredit the victory to his predecessor, Alex Ferguson. “I`ll do my best to finish off the job but it`s Sir Alex who will deserve a lot of the credit if we`re successful at Wembley.” I can only assume that he would be mainly responsible if they were to leave Wembley with a defeat.

The curtain raiser event to the new English Premier season couldn’t have come sooner as the appetite for football is at its peak. It would be interesting to see what Moye’s final XI will be but it has already been reported that Wayne Rooney will not take part despite declaring his fitness, leaving RVP upfront with perhaps Kagawa and Wellbeck.

Wigan has only won once in the last seventeen encounters with the champions. They will be hoping that facing a different manager will bring a different result and provide a real morale booster heading into their next season in the Championship. United on the other hand must hit the ground running, as they will have big name teams such as Chelsea and City to play very early on in the season. Anything less than a win for the Red Devils would be shocking but perhaps not entirely surprising.

– Yhannick Scott

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