Premier League fixtures: How United's season ends
Manchester United fans all around the world will be busy dissecting our schedule for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
The eagerly awaited announcement on Thursday morning threw up an intriguing set of fixtures for the Reds, ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge.
The final two months of a season are always important for any team and, during the crucial run-in, United have avoided all of last season’s fellow top-six clubs for their final eight league games.
WHAT DOES THE SEASON FINALE LOOK LIKE?
We have a tricky start to March, with our cross-city rivals Manchester City visiting Old Trafford for the second Manchester derby of the season, before we travel to north London to face Tottenham, and enjoy our first visit to the newly built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, the Reds will then finish the campaign with matches against two of the promoted clubs, four teams who finished in the bottom half of the table in 2018/19, and the sides who finished ninth and 10th last term.
First, subject to involvement in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals, United will welcome Sheffield United to the Theatre of Dreams during the weekend commencing 21 March. Chris Wilder’s Blades finished second in the Championship last term and last played at Old Trafford in January 2016, when Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time penalty earned the Reds a 1-0 win in an FA Cup third-round tie.
Following the final international break of the campaign, the Reds will resume domestic matters with a trip to the Amex Stadium to face Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion – one of only two clubs, along with Huddersfield Town, that we have yet to record an away win against in the Premier League era.
Our second league match in April sees us host Bournemouth, before we face Aston Villa at Villa Park – a ground where, historically, we have a strong record in the Premier League era – subject to any involvement in the FA Cup semi-finals. Dean Smith’s Villa were promoted via the play-offs last term after spending two seasons in the second tier.
The Reds end the penultimate month of the campaign with a home clash against Southampton, who gave us a tough game at Old Trafford last season when Andreas Pereira scored our Goal of the Season winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory.
We start May by facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park before completing our final home league game of 2019/20, against West Ham United. The curtain comes down on the Reds' league campaign at the King Power Stadium, with a clash against Leicester City.
2019/20 PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES: UNITED’S RUN-IN
7 March: Manchester City (H)
14 March: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
21 March: Sheffield United (H)
4 April: Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
11 April: Bournemouth (H)
18 April: Aston Villa (A)
25 April: Southampton (H)
2 May: Crystal Palace (A)
9 May: West Ham United (H)
17 May: Leicester City (A)
Of course, all fixtures are subject to adjustment, due to our involvement in the Europa League and television schedules. Keep an eye on to get news of those forthcoming changes as soon as they are confirmed. and
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