Match Preview Community Shield: Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic

Julian Finney

The curtain raiser of the English football season, or sorry for the Premier League. The rest of the footballing world in England has already kicked off and in full flow. Yet again the official game of the start of the season is nothing more than a glorified friendly at Wembley Stadium.

Wigan reach the once prestigious game for the first time in the club's history thanks to that last gasp goal from Ben Watson. Its Premier League winners vs FA Cup winners, Premier League team vs Championship team, new manager vs new manager.

Its the start of David Moyes's reign at Manchester United, and it will go down in the history books that Wigan Athletic was the team that first faced United competitively after Sir Alex Ferguson. The weird fact is though, that United are now no different from the team that we faced last under Ferguson.

The same couldn't be said for the other way around. The United players will face a Wigan team which has had ten new recruits added to it. Owen Coyle has really started to build a new dynasty at Wigan and the latest signing James McClean could be in line for a start on Sunday.

The styles of play of both teams have not changed. United will style play their high paced attacking football, trying to hit people on the counter attack to score goals. Wigan play their passing possession game, yet we now are going more direct; looking to get the ball forward quickly and hold it in the final third.

For Wigan the game plan has worked well, we have only lost one game of our pre-season before we beat Barnsley 4-0 on the opening game of the season in a battering fashion. Our team his running flat out in firth gear and is in the mood to go out and get a scalp from Manchester United.

If their pre-season form is anything to go by, then Wigan could be out to get something from the game. So far under David Moyes they have only won two of their games, both of which where impressive 5-1 victories. Then they have gone of the boil and failed to continue in such an impressive fashion.

The Red Devils tonight face Sevilla as preparation for our little game on Sunday. Wigan will have had eight days of recovery time before the game. The United players will have only two days between the matches. A good idea? well if they win it they could bring some real momentum to Wembley.

Taking things to Wembley is something that Wigan have seemingly struggled to do with it reported that we have only sold 5,000 tickets ahead of the game. With it being the summer holiday, the rugby having an up coming final and Wigan playing in europe; many people will be saving the pennies.

Lets hope the players don't hold anything back and they go for a win.

The curtain raiser of the English football season, or sorry for the Premier League. The rest of the footballing world in England has already kicked off and in full flow. Yet again the official game of the start of the season is nothing more than a glorified friendly at Wembley Stadium.

Prediction: 1-0 to Wigan

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