The 2011 Community Shield will be the tale of just one city: Manchester.
Each year during the weekend before the English Premier League begins its season, the reigning champion takes on the holder of the coveted FA Cup in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium in London. Although the result does not show in the standings, there is no doubt that both Manchester United and Manchester City will take the field with something to prove.
Coming of another championship campaign under manager Sir Alex Ferguson, United have designs on not only retaining their place atop the England's top flight soccer league but also remaining the top club in its home town.
Of course, City has been stockpiling talent for a few years now in a bid to usurp both thrones. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, one of the many high-priced talents lassoed with the purse strings of club owner Sheikh Mansour of the United Arab Erimates, recently said that he believes that "City could be as good as Barca." Fittingly, being as good as Barcelona seems to be just about the only way to best United these days. The Catalans romped over Fergie's charges in the UEFA Champions League Final last year.
If this Manchester derby is any bit as entertaining as February's tilt that was decided by a wonder goal by Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, then we've got a cracker on our hands.
If you've been waiting all summer for the EPL to return then stay tuned throughout the game for live updates.
08/07/2011 11:35 AM EDT
|@ MacAree : Rafael da Silva has now captained United to more trophies than Cesc Fabregas has Arsenal.|
08/07/2011 11:34 AM EDT
Numbers Don't Lie
|@ 101greatgoals : Match stats: United 22 shots on target. City just 8|
08/07/2011 11:34 AM EDT
For the Children
|@ OliverKayTimes : Fantastic game. #MUFC more than worthy winners for the way their kids went for it in the 2nd half and of course for that brilliant 2nd goal|
08/07/2011 11:33 AM EDT
Rivalry Heats Up
|@ jorgearangure : What a fun match between City and United. Certainly didn't seem like a friendly. This rivalry has been raised a notch|
08/07/2011 11:32 AM EDT
Man U Wins, 3-2
Tweet, tweet. It's in the books. A stunning winner in injury times caps an electric exhibition to open the year. I think all of us footie fans have a terrific season ahead of us.
08/07/2011 11:31 AM EDT
That brilliant Nani effort seems to have unofficially ended the match as both sides play out the last minute or so.
08/07/2011 11:30 AM EDT
Wow. Relentlessly running down a bouncing ball at midfield, Nani powers by last two City defenders and lopes the length of the half to go one on one with GK Joe Hart. He makes a simple move to his left and slots right into the net. Phenomenal effort and finish. A winner from nothing.
08/07/2011 11:28 AM EDT
Return of the Berba
|@ dirtytackle : Here comes The Berba. You can't say this game is unimportant now.|
08/07/2011 11:27 AM EDT
4 Minutes Extra
Have been added by the official. It'll be a shame if this has to go to penalties.
08/07/2011 11:26 AM EDT
Great Man U chance
Beautiful interplay concludes with Cleverley skying one well over.