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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.”

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.”

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • 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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Paul Pogba left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012

Manchester United target Paul Pogba will return to Juventus training on Monday, says boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The France international has been on holiday in the USA following Euro 2016.

Pogba, 23, has been widely linked with a world record £100m move to Old Trafford this summer, with Jose Mourinho suggesting a deal was close.

“It makes no sense at the moment talking about potential replacements for Pogba because, right now, Pogba is a Juventus player,” said Allegri.

United begin their season in the Community Shield against Leicester City on Sunday, and Mourinho says the club are trying “everything to close the market as quickly as possible” before next weekend’s Premier League kick-off.

Juventus’ Serie A season begins a week later on 20 August, with the Italian champions due to face West Ham in a friendly at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

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“I’ve summoned Pogba together with (Patrice) Evra tomorrow night,” added Allegri. “So that means he has training here in Vinovo on Monday.”

Pogba left Old Trafford in 2012 as a 19-year-old, with the Italian side paying a tribunal fee of just £800,000.

Mourinho said United had identified “four targets” this summer – they have so far signed three of them, defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund and former Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Rangers held on top-flight return

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Aug 062016
 
Ali Crawford (third right) gave Hamilton a first half lead

Rangers needed a Martyn Waghorn goal to secure a draw on their return to the Scottish Premiership against an impressive Hamilton side.

The sense of anticipation at Ibrox was evident, but Ali Crawford’s crisply executed strike altered expectations.

Substitute Harry Forrester’s arrival enlivened the hosts, and he created the equaliser with a glorious pass with the outside of his foot for Waghorn.

Rangers’ frustration was exacerbated by Waghorn suffering a hamstring injury.

The striker pulled up clutching his right leg and departed in evident discomfort, leaving his side to play the last eight minutes with 10 men, having already used their three substitutes.

Hamilton though were rewarded for being typically robust and well-organised.

The Championship flag was unfurled before kick-off and Rangers’ line-up only contained three new signings – Clint Hill, Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar – as they looked to build on last season.

They started as though there was four years’ worth of energy providing them with momentum. The attacking intent was evident as they sought to pin Hamilton back.

Elements of the play were familiar; the ball travelling through the thirds before the wide men moved infield to open up passing corridors around the 18-yard box.

The arrivals of Barton and Kranjcar provided an alternative route, though, and the latter swept a pass upfield to Waghorn, but his fierce strike was pushed away by Hamilton goalkeeper Remi Matthews.

Continuity has been a strength of the visitors – like Rangers, they started with only three new signings, while 10 of the squad were youth academy graduates – and they trusted their game plan. Having endured the opening spell, they began to establish their own ambition.

Crawford nutmegged Barton before seeing his shot deflected wide. It wasn’t an isolated moment of skill, and when Hill’s clearance landed at his feet, he turned Kranjcar and clipped a left-foot shot into the top corner.

Rangers played the final 10 minutes a man down after Martyn Waghorn limped off

With Rangers’ play lacking crispness and high tempo, Hamilton settled into a sense of command. There was aggression to their play, too, and three of the back four were booked before half-time. It was the home side who needed to think about the vigour of their play, though.

Rangers were more dynamic after the break, with Waghorn curling a good chance wide and Hamilton defending desperately on occasion. It took the introduction of Forrester to deliver the necessary deftness of touch to break the visitors down.

The midfielder was only off the bench for a minute when he sculpted a brilliant ball behind and across the Hamilton defence with the outside of his right foot, and Waghorn coolly converted from close range.

Hamilton were not wholly subdued, and Donati’s header from Crawford’s free-kick demanded a diving save from Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Forrester, though, was an elusive and increasingly influential figure. After a swaying run, he drilled a low shot just wide, then from another of his crosses, the ball was cleared to Barton, whose shot was pushed away by Matthews.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton told Sky Sports: “It was the type of game we’re used to. They were hard working and hard to break down. We knew they would be well-organised and frustrate us.

“There were positives in terms of dominating the football. Possession for possession’s sake is pointless, we’ve got to use it to penetrate and we never really did that in the first half. We lacked a bit of real quality and commitment in the final third.”

Hamilton Accies player-manager Martin Canning told Sky Sports: “We scored a great goal through Ali Crawford and we were reasonably comfortable.

“The shape of the team was excellent, the boys worked hard and did everything we set out to do. We had to sit in at times an defend properly, but we tried to take all three points.”

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ronan Hughes replaces Greg Docherty.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Michael O’Halloran (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Joey Barton (Rangers).

Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Rob Kiernan (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

Attempt missed. Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Jordan Rossiter (Rangers).

Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Remi Matthews.

Attempt saved. Joey Barton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Georgios Sarris.

Substitution, Rangers. Jordan Rossiter replaces Andy Halliday.

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

Attempt blocked. Michael O’Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darren Lyon replaces Massimo Donati.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Georgios Sarris.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Joey Barton (Rangers).

Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal! Rangers 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Forrester.

Substitution, Rangers. Harry Forrester replaces Niko Kranjcar.

Substitution, Rangers. Michael O’Halloran replaces Kenny Miller.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Joey Barton.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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