Match Preview: Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic

Sunday 11 August – 14:00 KO

FA Community Shield

Wembley Stadium

David Moyes walks out at Wembley tomorrow in charge of his first competitive game as Manchester United manager to take on Wigan Athletic in the season opening Community Shield.

It is a game that United have waited for in eager anticipation. A mixed pre-season and a loss in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial has seen a wave of overreaction from fans who have been upset with United’s mixed form but they were only friendlies. Tomorrow is a competitive game and the team can be fairly judged as it will be the first real glimpse we all get of how Moyes Boyes will play this season.

Rio Ferdinand is likely to start on the bench having played in his testimonial on Friday. Wayne Rooney isn’t expected to take part in the match having asked to train separately from the first squad this week while Jonny Evans and Nani remain doubts for the fixture. David de Gea is expected to return in goal for United after being out with a finger injury.

“I will be trying to make this the first trophy of many. But, if we win, it’s really something that will have been earned by Sir Alex.” David Moyes

As for Wigan Athletic, they come into the match off the back of an opening 4-0 win against Barnsley in the Championship and will be in high spirits on their return to Wembley where their last game was a 1-0 victory over Manchester City to secure the FA Cup.

The last time United played Wigan we came out 4-0 victors thanks to braces from Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie, and the players will be hungry to win as it is the last time they will get the chance to impress Moyes before next Saturday’s Premier League curtain raiser away to Swansea.

The Community Shield is always a bit of a tepid affair but this one has added spice. Moyes will want zero complacency in a game where the media will have their eyes glued to the pitch, hoping for a United cock-up so they can jump down the Scot’s throat.  Mixed performances in friendlies are irrelevant and while the Community Shield itself isn’t important, the performance we give tomorrow is.

Wigan have managed to sell less than 4,000 tickets for the game while United have sold over 47,000, so Wembley is going to be a sea of red and Moyes won’t want the team to let the travelling supporters down especially not in his first game in charge.

United are going to go into this game all guns blazing while Wigan will be more concerned with their battles in the Championship and for that reason, I can’t see past Moyes securing a win in his first competitive game as United manager.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Wigan Athletic

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