United and Latics eye silverware
Manchester United and Wigan Athletic go in search of the first silverware of the season as they contest the Community Shield on Sunday.
The encounter, which returns to Wembley Stadium in 2013 and will kick-off at 2pm, is traditionally billed as the curtain-raiser to the new campaign, but that is not the case this time around.
Wigan have already taken in one fixture - a 4-0 mauling of Barnsley - with the Latics having suffered relegation out of the Premier League shortly after lifting the FA Cup.
A 1-0 victory over Manchester City back in May saw Wigan land their first major trophy and book a passage into Europe, but it has been a summer of change at the DW Stadium.
Roberto Martinez, the man who guided them to cup glory, has departed for Everton and Owen Coyle - who has wasted no time in freshening up his squad - has inherited the managerial reins.
Wigan are therefore still getting to grips with a new regime, but the same can be said of their weekend opponents.
Manchester United claimed a 20th league title in 2012/13, and their 13th Premier League crown.
They will, however, be led out at Wembley on Sunday by a man charged with the task of building on that success - rather than the man who has overseen the vast majority of it.
Sir Alex Ferguson has called time on a glittering career and handed the baton over to his fellow Scot David Moyes, who will be hoping to see his reign get off to the best possible start at the home of English football.
United have prevailed in four of the last six Community Shield contests, while Wigan are making their bow on this particular stage and are the first club from outside the top flight to compete for the title since West Ham United in 1980.
Wayne Rooney may have been named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for an upcoming friendly date with Scotland, but he has missed the majority of a pre-season dominated by speculation regarding his future with a hamstring injury and is now nursing a shoulder complaint.
With Rooney unlikely to figure, Javier Hernandez could be handed a starting berth - with the Mexican forward expected to take part in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial on Friday, along with first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea.
Jonny Evans and Nani remain doubtful for United after limping out of a friendly date with AIK on Tuesday, while Darren Fletcher (bowel condition) and Nick Powell (leg) are sidelined, but Wilfried Zaha can expect to see some action after impressing over the summer.
Wigan wrapped up the signing of James McClean from Sunderland on Thursday, becoming the club's 10th addition of a busy transfer window, and he could make his competitive debut at Wembley.
Another new arrival, Thomas Rogne, is struggling with a back problem, but Leon Barnett and Emmerson Boyce looked solid against Barnsley and can expect to keep their places in Coyle's starting XI.
Grant Holt is likely to lead the line after stepping down into the Championship from Norwich City, with Marc Antoine-Fortune providing cover from the bench, but Gary Caldwell (hip) and Ivan Ramis (knee) will be missing for the Latics until at least October.