Every Community Shield winner has been coming off a season that involved some success. But how have they fared the following year?
Manchester City’s penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool in the 2019 edition saw them edge out the Reds for a second time, having finished a point ahead of them in the previous season’s Premier League campaign.
Pep Guardiola will hope it’s a sign of things to come, after victory in the curtain-raiser in 2018 was followed by a league title, but not every winner has been as lucky.
City beat Chelsea 2-0 in the 2018 game and went on to win the league with 98 points. That’s pretty good going in our book.
Sergio Agüero followed his double against Chelsea at Wembley with three goals against the Blues at the Etihad later in the season, while Phil Foden followed his start in the capital with a seven-goal breakthrough season.
Not everyone was as lucky, though. Benjamin Mendy couldn’t outrun his injuries despite getting a full 90 minutes, while Brahim Díaz – on for Foden late in the game – would end the season away from Manchester after moving to Real Madrid in January.
After defeating Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final, Arsenal beat the same opponents in the Community Shield, with Thibaut Courtois and Álvaro Morata missing from the spot.
However, Arsène Wenger’s men were unable to convert that into a solid season, despite beating Leicester 4-3 in an opening day thriller.
Sead Kolašinac came off the bench to score at Wembley, but he too struggled after a strong start, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sánchez, Olivier Giroud and even Wenger himself were gone within 12 months.
José Mourinho picked up his first United ‘trophy’ at the first attempt as goals from Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimović secured a 2-1 win over reigning league champions Leicester City in 2016.
United followed that with victory in the League Cup and Europa League, with Ibrahimović continuing his goalscoring form, though their sixth-place league finish was uninspiring.
Morgan Schneiderlin was the only player involved who failed to last the season, joining Everton in January after just three league games under Mourinho, but the following summer saw Wayne Rooney also depart.
2015 was another Arsenal v Chelsea affair, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring the only goal of the game for the FA Cup holders.
Arsenal built on that with a strong league season and a second-place finish, though many will feel they should have got closer to title-winners Leicester.
It was a sign of things to come for the Blues, though, with the 1-0 defeat followed by a flirtation with the bottom three before Mourinho was sacked in December.
The 2014 game saw a battle between two teams who won trophies the hard way the previous season, with Arsenal having come back from 2-0 down against Hull in the FA Cup final and City leaving it very late to pip Liverpool to the league title.
It was very easy for the Gunners this time around, though, with a 3-0 victory and debuts for summer signings Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sánchez.
Olivier Giroud followed his goal against City with 14 in the league, but Arsenal could only manage third place and another FA Cup after a sluggish league start.
Back in August 2013, two goals from Robin van Persie secured a 2-0 win over Wigan and made some United fans think everything would be okay under David Moyes. How wrong they were.
Van Persie scored 12 league goals that season, but even he will have considered the campaign a disappointment as United fell well short of the top four.
The only real positive was the form of Adnan Januzaj, who was given his debut at Wembley and went on to establish himself under Moyes, but even he fell away after Moyes’ departure and eventually left the club for good.
City announced the first signing after their dramatic 2012 title win on the same day that they beat Chelsea 3-2 in the Community shield, so Jack Rodwell wasn’t involved at Wembley.
The reigning champions would add a few more new signings before the end of August, while Nigel de Jong and Stefan Savić – who both started against the Blues – left a couple of weeks later.
Chelsea would end up parting ways with manager Roberto di Matteo a couple of months on, but Fernando Torres – a scorer at Wembley – enjoyed his most successful goalscoring season of the 2010s.
City were also involved in a 3-2 affair in 2012, but this one saw them on the losing side against rivals United.
Nani scored the stoppage time winner as Alex Ferguson’s team came from 2-0 down, and would follow that with a 10-goal season which equalled his best in a United shirt.
It wasn’t enough for a league title, though, even if it carried plenty of foreshadowing. City took the title after a come-from-behind 3-2 victory of their own on the final day of the season, and Edin Džeko scored then too.
Fresh off a second-place finish behind double-winners Chelsea, United beat the Blues 3-1 with new arrival Javier Hernández among the scorers when he kicked the ball into his own face and in.
The Mexican would go on to score 20 goals in all competitions that season, his highest return for the club, while another scorer at Wembley – Dimitar Berbatov – would end up topping the charts for the club with 21.
Chelsea scorer Salomon Kalou would also enjoy a fruitful season on a personal level, scoring 10 in the Premier League for the first time, but the Blues ended the season empty-handed.
2009 brought another penalty shoot-out, with FA Cup holders Chelsea edging out Manchester United despite Wayne Rooney equalising in the stoppage time.
Salomon Kalou, who converted the winning penalty at Wembley, was also among the scorers in the 8-0 win over Wigan which clinched the 2009-10 league title on the final day of the season.
The goalkeeper who he beat from the spot, Ben Foster, didn’t have much longer as a United player. After 14 games that season, the last of them coming in February, he made a permanent switch to Birmingham City at the end of the season.