Manchester United have vowed to treat next Sunday’s Community Shield match as part of their pre-season campaign, despite the fact they will be playing fierce local rivals Manchester City.
The annual season curtain-raiser will be between the Manchester clubs for the first time since 1956 but United’s assistant-manager, Mike Phelam, feels that this game will be one to boost the teams fitness.
He said: “It is a tasty game because it is the two Manchester clubs coming up against each other”.
This game comes after positive results from each team. Manchester United won a friendly game with Barcelona with 2-1 being helped by Nani and Michael Owen’s determination. On the other side, Balotelli made Macini proud after a 3-0 victory over Inter Milan in a game disputed in Dublin.
For City, the aim is that Sergio Aguero to recover by Sunday so the two teams could defend their chances with all the guns fully loaded.
Mancini said: “Sergio’s task this week is to recover. He played in the Copa America which just finished two weeks ago. The aim is to help him be ready to play a part next Sunday.”