How Manchester United's 2013 Community Shield XI compares to today

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It’s only been three years since Manchester United last appeared in a Community Shield but a lot has changed at the club.

Few people would have predicted that, when United lifted the shield after beating Wigan 2-0 in August 2013, it would take almost three years to win their next trophy. Nor would they have suggested that the club won’t finish higher than fourth in the next three Premier League campaigns and Jose Mourinho would be in charge the next time they take part in the Community Shield.

But that’s exactly what’s happened and it’s certainly been an eventful three years. 

That Community Shield victory was Moyes’ first competitive match in charge - and it was probably his best moment during his disastrous stint. 

After the match, Moyes hilariously said: "I class that as another piece of silverware for Sir Alex. It was his team that won the league by 13-15 points so it's his team. The ones going forward will be down to me.”

Moyes lasted just 10 months at Old Trafford winning nothing else, while Louis van Gaal has since come and gone.

But what about the players?

Well, we’ve had a look at United’s starting XI from that match three years ago and only two players will be taking to the field on Sunday to face Leicester in this season’s curtain raiser.

Line-up vs. Wigan 2013 Community Shield

Goalkeeper | David de Gea
Right-back | Rafael
Left-back | Patrice Evra
Centre-back | Phil Jones
Centre-back | Nemanja Vidic
Centre-midfield | Michael Carrick
Centre-midfield | Tom Cleverley
Attacking midfield | Ryan Giggs
Attacking midfield | Danny Welbeck
Attacking midfield | Wilfried Zaha
Striker | Robin van Persie

Predicted line-up vs. Leicester 2016 Community Shield

Goalkeeper | David de Gea
Right-back | Antonio Valencia
Left-back | Luke Shaw
Centre-back | Eric Bailly
Centre-back | Daley Blind
Centre-midfield | Michael Carrick
Centre-midfield | Ander Herrera
Attacking-midfield | Anthony Martial
Attacking-midfield | Wayne Rooney
Attacking-midfield | Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Striker | Zlatan Ibrahimovic

We know which team we prefer.

And remember, that predicted line-up is without their best defender - Chris Smalling, and, obviously, doesn’t include Paul Pogba who seems set for a sensational return to Old Trafford.

Three years ago, United eased past Wigan 2-0 thanks to a Robin van Persie brace and they will be hoping for a similarly comfortable victory against last season’s Premier League champions.

While the starting XI’s have changed dramatically, a look at the bench from 2013 just shows how much United have strengthened.

On that day, the likes of Jonny Evans, Anderson and Adnan Januzaj occupied the substitutes bench for the Red Devils. On Sunday against Leicester, you’ll likely see Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay as substitutes. Not bad.

One thing is for sure, Mourinho will be desperate to get his United career off to a flyer by winning the Community Shield. He will also be hoping he fares slightly better - and longer - than Moyes did.

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