“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.”
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).
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.
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.