FA Community Shield 2013: New Faces to Watch from Manchester United and Wigan

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20:  Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United looks dejected after missing a scoring opportunity during the match between the A-League All-Stars and Manchester United at ANZ Stadium on July 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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In what is the annual curtain-raiser for English football, you can expect to see some new faces on the pitch in the 2013 Community Shield between Wigan and Manchester United.

The match pits the winner of the Premier League against the winner of the FA Cup. It's generally nothing more than a glorified friendly, though, so both managers will use it to help decide upon their lineups moving on in the season.

Wigan has already started their Championship campaign, picking up a 4-0 win against Barnsley. It was a nice win for manager Owen Coyle, especially given he's got a long way to go to fill the shoes of Roberto Martinez, who won the FA Cup and kept the club in the Premier League much longer than expected.

On the other half of the touchline, David Moyes has the minor task of following Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps the greatest manager in the history of the sport. So there's no pressure there then. United have been up and down in preseason, so Moyes will want a strong performance from his team.

With a few players on both sides trying to bed themselves in, these three will hope to impress the most as they get used to their new surroundings.

Wilfried Zaha, Manchester United

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Much is expected of Wilfried Zaha this season. Manchester United got little production from their wingers last campaign, so Zaha will be asked to provide better service for the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney (if he remains at Old Trafford) and Danny Welbeck, with the occasional goal as well.

Although he was purchased by United in January, the 20-year-old spent the remainder of the season at Crystal Palace, helping the Eagles win promotion to the Premier League.

The Community Shield is a good time for Zaha to make his case to Moyes. United still have experienced wide players in Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani. Although the trio had trouble last year, Moyes might want to rely on more of a sure thing than Zaha in the early going.

Don't forget this is a big jump for Zaha. He's never played top-flight football, and now he'll be tasked with likely being a regular contributor for the reigning Premier League champions.

Angelo Henriquez, Manchester United

Angelo Henriquez is technically not a new addition this summer, but he's only made five appearances for the United U-21 side. He'll essentially be a new player at the club should he get a run of matches under Moyes.

He spent half of the 2012/13 season on loan to Wigan, so he'll be no stranger to many of his opponents should he get on the pitch.

Henriquez moved to Old Trafford last season from Universidad de Chile. Having had a year to get used to English football, the 19-year-old is poised to have an impact on the United first team.

While in Chile, Henriquez showed a lot of promise. He scored 15 goals in 27 appearances for Universidad de Chile and played a large role as the club made it to the semifinals of the 2012 Copa Libertadores.

He's had a very good preseason and done enough to warrant a role at United as a squad player at the very least.

Grant Holt, Wigan

There was a time, albeit very small, when Grant Holt looked like the best striker England had to offer. A small minority of supporters felt he had done enough to earn himself a call-up for the 2012 European Championship.

That of course never happened, and Holt very much fell back to earth in 2012/13. He only scored eight goals in 34 appearances.

Although that's not a great record, Holt should be the perfect kind of player for Wigan.

He's got a very direct, physical style, which should be very beneficial in the slog that is the Championship season. The 32-year-old striker started the season well by scoring in the Latics' win over Barnsley.

Holt will be Wigan's best chance to get on the score sheet. You won't see him leaving the 18-yard box very often. He's going to sit near the goal and hope he gets the right service.

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