I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb here by saying that one of the two clubs we’ll see in the 2011 Community Shield will go on to win the 2011-12 Premier League title. Arsenal have had another lacklustre transfer window. Liverpool have improved significantly, but still don’t have what it takes to win the title. Chelsea, meanwhile, will improve but there are a still a lot of questions regarding their aging squad. If I had to put my money on who’ll win the league title, I’d pick either Manchester United or Manchester City.
This all makes tomorrow’s Community Shield match between both Manc clubs that much more interesting. Are United several yards ahead of City as Mancini alluded to this week? Or does City have enough depth to make a serious challenge for the league?
Question marks remain about both squads. Will the loss of Paul Scholes create a hole in the center of midfield for United? Can Edin Dzeko begin scoring goals for City that we know he’s capable of doing? Will Tevez end up staying with City? And, if so, will that disrupt the changing room at Etihad Stadium? Will David de Gea be an adequate replacement for Edwin van der Sar? How quickly can Sergio “Kun” Aguero adapt to the Premier League?
These are just a few of the questions on my mind. As with any season, there are a lot of unknowns. But the one thing I know is that no matter what happens tomorrow, this will be the most competitive season ever between both Manchester clubs. Tomorrow will be an interesting appetizer of what I expect we’ll see during the season. The blue half of Manchester has awoken. Whether they have what it takes is another matter entirely.
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I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited to see the ceremonial start to the new season beginning tomorrow.