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What's coming up in 2019?

A new year is upon us and 2019 promises to be another busy one for Manchester United.

From the UEFA Champions League knockout stages and Emirates FA Cup to a pre-season trip to Australia, there is plenty to look forward to. Get your diary at the ready as we mark your card with some of the Red events on this year's calendar...

JANUARY

1: The transfer window opens. 

5: United face Reading at Old Trafford in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

26/27: Emirates FA Cup fourth-round weekend. 

31: The transfer window closes. 

FEBRUARY

12: The Reds welcome Paris St-Germain to Old Trafford for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie. 

16/17: Emirates FA Cup fifth-round weekend. 

19: United legend Paddy Crerand celebrates his 80th birthday. 

26: Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turns 46 years old. 

MARCH

6: The Reds travel to the French capital to face PSG in the decisive second leg of our Champions League last-16 tie. Meanwhile, former United defender Martin Buchan celebrates his 70th birthday. 

15: The draws for the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals will be made. 

16/17: United are set to face local rivals City in the second Manchester derby of the season in the Premier League at Old Trafford. However, the exact date and time could be affected by the teams' involvement in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals, which are due to take place during this weekend. 

Paddy Crerand.
MUTV's Paddy Crerand will celebrate a milestone birthday in February.

APRIL

6/7: The Emirates FA Cup semi-finals will be staged at Wembley. 

9/10: The first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals will be played. 

16/17: The second legs of the last-eight ties in the Champions League will take place. 

30: The first leg of the first Champions League semi-final will be played. 

MAY

1: The first leg of the second Champions League semi-final will take place. 

7/8: The second legs of the semi-final ties will be played. 

12: The Reds are set to welcome Solskjaer's former club Cardiff City to Old Trafford for our final Premier League game of the 2018/19 season. 

13: United Women head coach Casey Stoney celebrates her 37th birthday. 

16: The Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Old Trafford to win the Premier League title - part one of the Treble - in 1999. 

18: The Emirates FA Cup final will take place at Wembley Stadium. The Reds will be hoping to reach the showpiece for the second successive season and win the competition for a 13th time, which would be a joint record held with Arsenal. 

22: United claimed the second part of the Treble 20 years ago with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, thanks to goals from Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes. 

26: The Reds completed an unprecedented Treble by coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 and win the Champions League on that famous night in Barcelona, thanks to a late winner from current caretaker manager Solskjaer. 

JUNE

1: The 2019 UEFA Champions League final will be held on this day at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The Reds would dearly love to be there to create more European history! 

7: United legend and MUTV pundit Lou Macari will celebrate his 70th birthday. 

TBC: The Premier League fixtures for the 2019/20 season will be released. 

JULY

1: The summer transfer window officially opens. 

13: United face Perth Glory in the first of two matches being played in Australia as part of the club's pre-season tour. 

17: The Reds will be reunited with historic rivals Leeds United down under for our second match in Perth. 

AUGUST

9: Antonio Valencia will celebrate his 10th anniversary as a United player, since his arrival from Wigan Athletic in 2009. 

14: United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera will celebrate his 30th birthday. 

TBC: The 2019/20 Premier League season will get under way, complete with VAR and a winter break! The summer transfer window will also close at some stage during the month.

SEPTEMBER

9: The first anniversary of United Women's first league match - a thumping 12-0 victory over Aston Villa Ladies in the Women's Championship. 

21: This day marks 25 years since Paul Scholes made his first-team debut for United, when he scored both goals in a 2-1 League Cup win at Port Vale. 

TBC: The Carabao Cup, Champions League and Europa League will get under way for most Premier League teams. 

Antonio Valencia.
August will mark a decade since Antonio's arrival at Old Trafford.

OCTOBER

11: Sir Bobby Charlton will celebrate his 82nd birthday, five days after the anniversary of his United debut in 1956. 

NOVEMBER

6: Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed United manager on this day in 1986. 

22: Reds defender Chris Smalling will turn 30 years old. 

29: Club legend Ryan Giggs will celebrate his 46th birthday. 

DECEMBER

2: United full-back Matteo Darmian will celebrate his 30th birthday. 

19: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed our caretaker manager on this day in 2018.

31: The 20th anniversary since United's first team last trained at The Cliff in Salford. 

TBC: The group stage of the Champions League and Europa League will be concluded. 

Note: The first winter break in English football will be in February 2020, so the festive season will still be packed with football in 2019!

The original version of this article first appeared in the January 2019 edition of Inside United.

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