2013 Community Shield Wembley
Before the big kick off in the English Premier League 2013/14 season gets underway, there is the small matter of the pre-season friendly for the Community Shield at Wembley to be settled. This year’s edition will be contested between Premier League title holders Manchester United and FA Cup winners Wigan. While the clash will be between a Premier League club and Championship one, it has naturally leant to a pretty lopsided betting market with the Red Devils going as red hot favourites to claim the title. But then again, back in May, Wigan went to Wembley as heavy underdogs against one of the Manchester giants in the FA Cup final and prevailed.
Will there be another Wembley upset caused by Wigan? They are preparing for an assault on the Championship after losing their Premier League status last year, and they will also have the Europa League on their mind as well. So there is a lot to play for Wigan and getting some more silverware under their belt at Wembley would certainly help boost confidence ahead of the new season. They head to the 2013 Community Shield with a new man in charge, with former Bolton boss Owen Coyle now running the show, following the departure of Roberto Martinez to Everton.
Ben Watson’s late strike at Wembley gave them the FA Cup against the odds against Manchester City in the summer. But they perhaps have a bigger task to handle this time around as they don’t carry a great head to head record against the Red Devils. They lost both of their Premier League matches against Manchester United by a 4-0 score line last term and out of sixteen previous match ups between the two sides, the Latics have only ever won once before. Indeed, Wigan have only scored one goal in their last eight matches against Manchester United.
So heavy underdogs they will be. Manchester United, in their first competitive test of the season, will also have a new manager at the helm. David Moyes will be trying to fill the sizeable boots of Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season. The biggest thing that Moyes has had to deal with over the summer has been trying to keep Chelsea from getting their hands on Wayne Rooney. The England striker has been told that he will be providing a support role for Robin van Persie next season, which sparked further rumours of unrest.
With Moyes now having to try and stamp his authority on the Manchester club, will United get to start their new season with a bang? They have won the Community Shield in four of the last six seasons and they are the most successful side in the showcase match. They have posted nineteen Community/Charity Shield wins in their time, and have lost nine other appearances in the famous match. As for Wigan, with the FAC up earlier in the year being their first ever major piece of English silverware, this will be their debut in the Community Shield.