2013 Community Shield details announced

Ian Walton

Manchester United will face Wigan Athletic on August 11 for the 2013 Community Shield.

We've known for awhile now that Premier League champions Manchester United would be meeting FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic in the 2013 Community Shield on August 11. We now also know some of the details of the fixture: kick-off will be at 2:00pm BST that day and the venue again will be Wembley after a one-year hiatus away due to last summer's London Olympics. United supporters have been allocated 35,000 tickets while that figure is only 15,000 for recently relegated Wigan. If interested, you can apply for tickets here.

The match will be the first for David Moyes as Manchester United manager -- and this will be the club's first time in this fixture without Sir Alex Ferguson since 1985. Wigan have yet to appoint a successor for the recently departed Roberto Martinez. There could be a layer of intrigue, though, if either Mike Phelan or Rene Meulensteen -- both former United coaches under Fergie -- are on the opposition's touchline as both have been linked with the Latics managerial post.

FA general secretary Alex Horne had this to add about the fixture:

"You have to go all the way back to 1985 for the last time that Manchester United played in this fixture without Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline so the eyes of the world will be on the Community Shield and Wembley when David Moyes leads them out in August.

Wigan Athletic provided a fairytale ending to this season's FA Cup Final, which was fitting in our 150th anniversary year, and it will be great to welcome them back to Wembley as they take on the double challenge of Europa League football and the Championship.

The 2pm kick-off time has been agreed by all the relevant authorities and means that both sets of supporters can travel back to the north-west."

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