December preview: A busy month awaits for the Reds
December will be a very busy and important month for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have nine games to play between now and the new year.
United welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League, kickstarting a hectic spell of games.
In that period, where we'll play every three days on average, we'll find out if United qualify for the knockout stages of Europe's top-tier competition, as well as the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
There are also two huge games coming up at the Theatre of Dreams, against some of our biggest rivals...
On 2 December, the French champions await in Group H of the Champions League. A point will be enough for United to go through from the group but the Reds will want a repeat of the performance and scoreline from the October meeting, at the Parc des Princes. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT.
Three days later, the Reds travel to London to face West Ham at the Olympic Stadium in the Premier League. The encounter with the Hammers, which will be attended by up to 2,000 home fans as per new COVID-19 regulations in England, starts at 17:30 GMT.
We then make another trip, this time to Germany, to face RB Leipzig in our final group game of the Champions League. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT in what could be a make-or-break affair.
On 12 December, the first Manchester derby of the season awaits. Ole got one over on Pep Guardiola in three of four meetings last season and will hope to add another famous derby triumph to that list at Old Trafford, when the game kicks off at 17:30 GMT.
United then face two Yorkshire teams in a row. First, on Thursday 17 December, we visit Bramall Lane for a meeting with Sheffield United. The Blades and the Reds produced a thrilling 3-3 battle in this fixture last season, with United fighting back from two goals down.
The 20:00 GMT kick-off is then followed up three days later with Leeds’ first Premier League visit to Old Trafford since 2004. Marcelo Bielsa has put a real stamp on Leeds and we can expect a highly contested match when the rivals go head-to-head at Old Trafford, at 16:30 GMT.
Following Leeds’ Old Trafford return, we go to Goodison Park in search for a semi-final spot in the Carabao Cup (20:00 GMT kick-off). United have already beaten Everton on Merseyside this season thanks to two goals from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani’s first strike for the club.
Our last away game of the year, on Boxing Day, will be at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City. Last season, United clinched third place in the table after Jesse Lingard settled the score at 2-0 following Fernandes’ crucial penalty. This is an early kick-off, at 12:30 GMT - don't forget to set your alarms after the festivities of Christmas Day!
United wrap up 2020 by welcoming Wolverhampton Wanderers to Manchester on Tuesday 29 December. The final match of 2020 - and our 56th in total across all competitions - will start at 20:00 GMT.
2 December - Paris Saint-Germain (H, UCL, 20:00)
5 December - West Ham (A, PL, 17:30)
8 December - RB Leipzig (A, UCL, 20:00)
12 December - Manchester City (H, PL, 17:30)
17 December - Sheffield United (A, PL, 20:00 )
20 December - Leeds (H, PL, 16:30)
23 December - Everton (A, CC, 20:00)
26 December - Leicester (A, PL, 12.30)
29 December - Wolverhampton (H, PL, 20:00)
All times in GMT.