2013 FA Community Shield Preview: Man U v. Wigan Ath.
Here we are again friends, just a mere 3 days away from the semi-official start of the new football campaign!
We'll have lots of stuff to talk about this year, but first and foremost, let's start with the FA Community Shield. For any of my readers who aren't familiar with what I'm referring to, I'll give you a short explanation as to what the Community Shield is, and if you follow the game regularly, just bear with me, we'll be at the meaty parts soon enough! The FA Community Shield is essentially a friendly match between the winners of the FA Cup and the English Premiership. All of the proceeds go to community-based initiatives and charities around the country, and all revenue from the gate receipts and match programs is distributed to the 124 clubs that played in the FA Cup from the First Round onwards.
Now, on to the matter at hand. I'm not going to mince words, people, this one is probably going to be a laugher. It should be noted that I love rooting for the underdog in matches like this, and in my mind, Wigan have much of a chance to take the Shield as United. Unfortunately though, Wigan come into this match having the dubious distinction of being the first club in FA Cup history to win the Cup, and be relegated in the same year. Though they also have a 1-0 victory against a ultra-talented Manchester City team in last season's FA Cup final.
Manchester United and Wigan both have all of their core players returning this season, and both are under new management. Strangely enough, Wigan has a new boss because previous coach Roberto Martinez signed a deal to become Everton's new coach to replace David Moyes, who went to Manchester United to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. Funny how that works out.
All in all, as much as I'd love to see Wigan win this one, I just don't think it's meant to be this year, I take Manchester United winning this one by a score of 4-0.
How do you think this one will end? Will either coach use this as an opportunity to try new tactics and player combinations? Do you think Wigan stand a chance?
Thanks for reading! Until next time, I'm Josh Byrne.
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