Both teams from Manchester go head to head for a Community Shield clash which will be a lot tastier than in previous years after Manchester City reportedly jumped in with a £31 bid for United target Wesley Sneijder.
The Red Devils did not lose a game on their tour of the United States and scored goals freely as they destroyed the majority of sides they faced, but facing their big spending Manchester rivals could become a potentially explosive encounter, with much being said in the press and with the volatile Mario Balotelli up front for City, things could easily boil over.
City will see this match as another good chance to get one over on their main rivals and set a benchmark for the forthcoming season.
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Roberto Mancini has not yet resolved the Carlos Tevez affair, and with the Argentinian set to miss the game as he is still on ‘Copa America leave’ the onus will turn towards their new signing, Argentinian Sergio Aguero.
For United, although they have not had trouble scoring goals in pre-season Alex Ferguson will be without Javier Hernandez who will miss the game through his concussion.
The Red Devils notched up some impressive wins against Major League Soccer teams which shows the attacking areas of the side are in good form, and with Ashley Young and Nani down the wings they look very dangerous.
Wayne Rooney looks as enthusiastic and as hard working as ever, and it is clear that that the talismatic front man is in for a big season after putting his off the pitch activities to bed.
City have more than enough talent in their team to cause United a few problems, but it remains to be seen who will start up front. Mario Balotelli could well feature as the lone striker or possibly partnered with Edin Dzeko, who looks desperate for a goal.
Sergio Aguero is sure to feature for City at some point, although Mancini has hinted that the Argentinian will start on the bench.
For both sides, this is a game which will determine the bragging rights and could set a benchmark for the rest of the season, and this particular Community Shield could be the most explosive we have seen for a number of years.