Date: 5th August 2011 at 12:13pm
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What a way to kick-off the football season eh? A meeting with your nearest rivals in the traditional curtain raiser to the new season as Man United will with Sunday’s community shield meeting with Man City.

Many might see rivalries with other clubs as ‘bigger’ these days, although are they really?

Nothing will be won or lost this weekend, no ‘major’ silverware collected or an assurance of premier league success gained as a result of the outcome of the game, but it sure as hell puts down a ‘marker’ for the months ahead…

Will Sir Alex field his strongest 11?

There are some questions marks against this but it will still be a star packed and quality side, and squad.

Michael Carrick – Achilles, Rafael – knock – and Javier Hernandez – concussion – are all certainly out but big money summer arrivals Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea are in line for competitive debuts.

As for City former United forward, and want-away, Carlos Tevez was granted permission for an ‘extended break’ after his move to Brazil fell through recently and his future remains shrouded in mystery, he is out. Summer signings Sergio Aguero, Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic will get run-outs though.

I would image that everyone is up for this Manchester derby to signal that the English domestic season is underway!

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