Manchester United and Liverpool are old hands at playing each in the annual curtain-raiser to the season – the Community Shield.

The close rivals have notched up five memorable clashes between them – in 1965, 1977, 1983, 1990 and 2001.

Liverpool won in 2001, United in 1983 and there have been three draws when the shield was shared.

The Football Association Community Shield, or Charity Shield as it used to be known, is played between the winners of the First Division or the Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup.

United manager Alex Ferguson leads his team out to play Liverpool in the Charity Shield at Wembley, August 1990

United manager Alex Ferguson leads his team out to play Liverpool in the Charity Shield at Wembley, August 1990

Proceeds from the game are distributed to community-based initiatives and charities around the country.

The fixture was first contested in 1908 when Division One champions Manchester United drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge. A replay was held for the only time in the shield’s history and United won 4-0.

The score was 2-2 when United played Liverpool in the 1965 Charity Shield at Old Trafford. The annual match was traditionally hosted by the league champions before it moved to Wembley.

George Best and David Herd scored for United while Willie Stevenson and Ron Yeats replied for Liverpool. The shield was shared.

Charity Shield: Manchester United v. Liverpool F.C. August 1977 77-04358-062

The 1977 match between the two clubs ended in a 0-0 draw in front of a crowd of 82,000 at Wembley. Liverpool were the league champions and United FA Cup winners.

United got the upper hand in 1983, beating reigning champions Liverpool 2-0 with a brace from Bryan Robson. It was Liverpool’s first competitive game under Joe Fagan, who had been promoted from the coaching team to replace Bob Paisley.

The two teams drew 1-1 in 1990 with a goal from Clayton Blackmore for United and a penalty from John Barnes for Liverpool.

It was the last time the shield was shared as regulations brought in two years later allowed for extra time and a penalty shoot-out.

Sir Matt Busby and Bob Paisley salute the crowd at Wembley 1983
before the Charity Shield match at Wembley between Liverpool v Manchester United

The teams’ final meeting took place in 2001 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, as Wembley was being refurbished. It was United’s 21st appearance and Liverpool’s 19th.

FA Cup holders Liverpool took the lead in the second minute through a Gary McAllister free kick and went 2-0 up in the 16th minute when Michael Owen scored.

Ruud van Nistelrooy replied in the second half, but Liverpool triumphed 2-1 to win the shield for the 14th time.

United are the most successful team in the competition with 17 outright wins and four shared trophies. Liverpool are third with 10 outright wins and five shared trophies.

Charity Shield: Manchester United v. Liverpool F.C. August 1977 77-04358-033

Everton hold the record for the most consecutive wins – four from 1984 to 1987 – but United hold the record for the most consecutive games played – six from 1996 to 2001.

United have played Manchester City twice in the Community Shield – but the games were half a century apart! The first was at Maine Road in 1956 and the second at Wembley in 2011.

United came into the 1956 Charity Shield as reigning league champions and City as FA Cup winners.

City were without ‘keeper Bert Trautmann, who played on at Wembley after breaking a bone in his neck during the 3-1 Cup Final victory over Birmingham City in May.

Football – Nani celebrates scoring the third goal for Manchester United during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 7th 7th August 2011

United were having goalie problems too as teenager David Gaskell was forced to make his debut in place of the injured Ray Wood. He became the youngest ever player to represent the club at the age of 16 years and 19 days.

United won the game 1-0 with a goal from Dennis Viollet.

The match could not be played at league champions’ home ground as Old Trafford had yet to install floodlights – so it switched to Maine Road. It was the first competitive Manchester derby.

The first friendly floodlit derby between the two clubs was played at the Belle Vue Athletic Ground in February 1889 to raise money for the Hyde Coal Mine disaster.

Manchester City’s striker Mario Balotelli training ahead of the Community Shield match with Manchester Utd 04 July 2011

The 2011 Community Shield at Wembley was the 160th derby between the two clubs. United were league champions and City FA Cup holders.

United won the match 3-2 with a brace from Nani and one from Chris Smalling. City were 2-0 up at half time with goals from Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko. It was United’s fourth Community Shield victory in five years.

Both teams secured their place in the Community Shield match on the same day – May 14th 2011. United clinched the Premier League title by drawing 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers and City beat Stoke 1-0 later in the day at the FA Cup Final.

City ‘keeper Bert Trautmann in pain after breaking a bone in his neck in the FA Cup Final against Birmingham City, May 1956

City ‘keeper Bert Trautmann in pain after breaking a bone in his neck in the FA Cup Final against Birmingham City, May 1956

Manchester City’s squad training at Maine Road, April 1955

Manchester City’s squad training at Maine Road, April 1955