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Phelan plays down curtain-raiser

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Manchester United have vowed to treat next Sunday's Community Shield as part of their pre-season campaign despite the "tasty" nature of their clash with Manchester City.

It is less than four months since City overcame their old rivals in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, the penultimate stage in ending a 35-year trophy drought. However, United assistant-manager Mike Phelan is adamant the match will be used for fitness, even if the stakes are rather higher than normal.

"It is no different," said Phelan.

"It is a tasty one of course because it is the two Manchester clubs coming up against each other.

"But we may try out a few new things. We have a week to prepare.

"The FA Cup semi-final was disappointing. But this is a new season.

"We will have a look at a few new players to see if they can handle it and take us into the league. That is what it is all about.

"Manchester United is all about challenges. You get them every day. Next Sunday will be no different."

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