With just over a week to go before the new English Premier League season starts, last season’s shock title winners, Leicester City, are starting their new football season on a high note and will be looking to show the world why they deserved the title.
This Sunday (7 August), when they meet Manchester United for the FA Community Shield at Wembley, it will be with a sharp competitive as United are starting a new era with Jose Murhinho at the helm. DStv Premium and Compact Plus customers will have a front-row view of the football action on SuperSport 3 when the anticipated game broadcasts live and in HD at 1:45pm GMT.
It’s a fresh start for Mourinho, who will lead a new team in his fifth Community Shield tournament. With just one win out of the four while at Chelsea, he will be looking to make a good impression on Manchester United fans. His renowned attention to detail has pundits second-guessing his tactics, but whichever he chooses, fans will have a preview of Mourinho’s side before the new season.
The defending Premier League Champions, led by Claudio Ranieri, will also be looking to show their fans how they plan to defend their hard-won title. While considered “inexperienced” by the football world, there’s no doubt that they’re hungry to maintain their edge, especially on the world stage. With the departure of one of their last season’s key players, N’Golo Kante, to Chelsea, Ranieri has a huge task of filling gap in their midfield and, fortunately, the addition of Nampalys Mendy from Nice along with Andy King, Gökhan Inler or Matty James gives the Italian a few options to play with. The defending champions also look fully prepared to defend their title with the addition of Ron-Robert Zieler, who was signed from Hannover, Spanish defender Luis Hernandez from Sporting Gijon and Nigerian winger Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow.
Leicester is not the only side that has made a significant signing during the transfer window. This weekend, all eyes will be on Manchester United’s new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Despite the talk of competition for space at Old Trafford between Wayne Rooney and Zlatan in Murinho’s starting line-up, fans have been keeping fingers crossed for management to close on 23-year-old Juventus player Paul Pogba’s touted £100million move to United – which will make him the most expensive player in the world – in time for the clash this Sunday in his new No 6 shirt.
With four new signings that will possibly include Pogba along with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, will Murinho succeed in regaining The Red Devils’ throne as the kings of English football in the new season? Will Leicester continue their counter-attacking tactics to stave off the coming onslaught of Mourinho’s powerful signings or switch to a new strategy of controlling the play? Catch all this action and drama of the FA Community Shield between Leicester City and Manchester United on Sunday 7 August, live and in HD on SS3(203) from 2:45pm GMT.
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