Community Shield: Leicester City v Manchester United

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Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 11 successive Premier League games with a goal against Manchester United in November

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Claudio Ranieri says he has forgotten about Leicester City’s Premier League title win as they prepare to open their new campaign on Sunday.

Last season’s league champions will meet FA Cup winners Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley.

New United manager Jose Mourinho says the trophy will “have meaning” for those of his players who were part of the FA Cup-winning side last season.

“We’re ambitious but know it will be very hard,” added Foxes boss Ranieri.

“I forgot what happened last season. Now my focus is on the new season.”

Leicester have won the traditional season-opener just once, beating Liverpool in 1971, when they were invited to take part as second-tier champions after double winners Arsenal pulled out.

Ranieri says he has a full strength squad to choose from, with forward Jamie Vardy back in training after featuring for England at Euro 2016.

“All managers and players want to play at Wembley Stadium. It’s one of the most famous stadiums in the world,” he said.

“This is not a friendly. We will give the maximum and also Manchester United will too. Both teams want to win it.”

Manchester United Community Shield

Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in the week following United’s FA Cup win against Crystal Palace in May, has been left frustrated by his side’s pre-season.

A game against Manchester City in China, scheduled for 25 July, was called off after heavy rain ruined the pitch.

“The week of no work in China was really bad for us,” said Mourinho. “So we need to train, we need to play, we need minutes for the players.

“Now we have no chance to train against other teams. We have Leicester before the Premier League and it is not a training session – it is a game.

“We have to face it as a game. We have the chance to give minutes to some people. Some who I know cannot play for 90 minutes, but of course we are going to try to win it.”



  • The only Wembley match between the two teams previously was the FA Cup final in 1963, in which Manchester United won 3-1.
  • Both matches between United and Leicester in the Premier League last season ended 1-1.
  • Jamie Vardy broke the Premier League record for scoring in the most consecutive matches, previously held by United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy, in the first meeting in November (11).

Leicester City

  • This is Leicester City’s first appearance in the Community Shield since 1971, in which they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Filbert Street. The Foxes were winners of the Second Division (now the Championship) the season before.
  • Leicester’s last trip to Wembley saw them win the League Cup in February 2000, beating Tranmere 2-1.
  • The Foxes have secured three wins and a draw in their last five visits to Wembley (they drew 1-1 in the League Cup final against Middlesbrough in 1997 before winning the replay at Hillsborough).
  • This is the first time Claudio Ranieri will have managed a team at Wembley Stadium.
  • Vardy has scored once and assisted another goal in three games for England at Wembley.

Manchester United

  • This will be Manchester United’s 30th appearance in the Community Shield. They’ve won the trophy on 20 previous occasions, a record figure (16 outright wins and four shared titles).
  • United have won the Community Shield in five of their last six appearances (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013).
  • They have also won their last four games at Wembley since losing the 2011 Champions League final there to Barcelona.
  • Jose Mourinho failed to win the Community Shield in three of his four matches as Chelsea boss, including last season’s game against Arsenal (with one defeat on penalties by Manchester United in 2007).
  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 15 games in all competitions against Leicester, though this was a memorable 5-3 victory for the Foxes in September 2014 (W11 D3).
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has only played at Wembley once before, when Sweden lost 1-0 to England in November 2011.

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