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9 August 2013

Latics prepare to return to the scene of the epic FA Cup win in May to contest the Community Shield

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's
Sunday 11 August 2013, kick off 2.00pm
Wembley Stadium

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Match Preview

The traditional season opening showpiece sees FA Cup Winners Wigan Athletic take on Barclays Premier League Champions Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the chance to claim the first piece of silverware of the new season.

For Wigan Athletic, the game comes a week into the new campaign after Owen Coyle's side got off to a flyer with a 4-0 win over Barnsley at Oakwell last Saturday.  For Manchester United, it will be the second friendly matches in three days as it follows on from Rio Ferdinand's testimonial match against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Friday evening.

There have been major changes at the DW Stadium and Old Trafford this summer with both clubs appointing new managers.  However Manchester United's squad is largely unchanged from the one that finished as Champions of the Barclays Premier League while Wigan Athletic fans have seen ten new faces added to the squad since the arrival of Owen Coyle in June.

Team News

Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle will continue to be without the services of Club Captain Gary Caldwell who had a hip operation in the summer as well as Ivan Ramis who is still recovering from a knee ligament injury picked up in last season's Premier League match at Craven Cottage.  Thomas Rogne, who sustained a back injury in the pre-season friendly against Dundee Utd, is also unlikely to feature as Coyle will be reluctant to rush the Norwegian defender back into action for what is essentially a friendly match.

Match Officials

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistant Referees: Mike Mullarkey and Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United Record

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