TheHardTackle's Guest Author Uanhoro James walks through the squads of the Northern teams in the English Premier League - Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. In Part 1 of his piece, he studies the defending champions.

After a season of intense scrutiny, sometimes unbearable pressure (for the players and manager at least), with the weight of expectancy at times threatening to bury the team, will they now push on and hit new heights, having met the targets set out for them? Howard Hockin previews Man City's upcoming season.

The season begins with a bang at Wembley in the Community Shield match between Manchester rivals, City and United. Expect no love lost in the charity game as both teams wll be eager to gain one over the other. THT previews the high profile curtain raiser.