Early chance for City to show their intentions

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Manchester City will have their eye on making more history at Wembley when they take on Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Having broken a 35-year trophy-less streak In May by securing the FA Cup after beating Stoke City, Roberto Mancini will have his eye on capturing the club's first Community Shield for 39 years.

City have even faced United in the new-season curtain raiser before, back in 1956, however Dennis Violet's goal meant the red half of Manchester was left celebrating.

Despite failing to beat United in their two league meetings last season, City were victorious in the pairs' last meeting, in the FA Cup semi-final where Yaya Toure's goal was enough to settle the contest.

With Carlos Tevez given extra time off after turning out for Argentina in the Copa America, the onus will be on new signing Sergio Aguero to lead the line for City at Wembley, with the former Athletico Madrid man expected to make his first competitive start from the bench this weekend.

Many will be looking at this game as a big indicator as to how close the two sides will become the beginning of the Premier League season.

Both sides are expected to lead the race for the league title this season, followed closely by Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, however City fans needn't pay too much attention to the scoreline if it doesn't go their way.

Since the inception of the Barclays Premier League, only seven Community Shield winners have gone on to lift the title the same season, however, that includes five of the last six, proof that in the modern day the Community Shield has acted as a decent barometer when accessing the season ahead.

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