Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walking out at Old Trafford.

August 2019: The key dates for United fans

Thursday 01 August 2019 08:00

It's the beginning of August, which can only mean that Manchester United's return to competitive football is just around the corner.

Here's what lies ahead this month...

1 August: Following our friendly victory over Kristiansund in Norway, the Reds will continue preparations for our final pre-season outing, against AC Milan on Saturday. Make sure you keep across ManUtd.com and the Official App as our televised Premier League fixtures for October have been announced. It's also a special day for Nemanja Matic, as the Serbian midfielder celebrates his 31st birthday.

2: On the eve of our match with AC Milan at the Principality Stadium, the first-team squad will travel to Cardiff. Meanwhile, it also marks former United midfielder and MUTV pundit Sammy McIlroy's 65th birthday.

3: Our final pre-season fixture takes place, as United take on Italian giants Milan in the International Champions Cup. Kick-off is scheduled for 17:30 BST, with tickets available to buy here. You can also watch the action exclusively live on MUTV.

We conclude our pre-season campaign against AC Milan this weekend.

5: As we start a new week by counting down to our opening Premier League game against Chelsea, this day marks 12 years since Nani made his debut for the Reds, against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley.

6: We will play our first match in the EFL Trophy, as the young Reds make the trip to South Yorkshire to face Rotherham United at the New York Stadium, with kick-off at 19:00 BST.

8: It's the final day of the summer transfer window. Premier League clubs have until 17:00 BST to sign and loan players ahead of the new campaign. We also send happy returns to our former striker Louis Saha, who celebrates his 41st birthday.

9: The squad will be stepping up preparations for our first league game of the season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also set to hold his pre-match press conference. In the evening, our Under-23s embark on a new Premier League 2 campaign, opening against West Bromwich Albion at Aggborough Stadium - kick-off is at 19:00 BST.

10: The weekend begins with Neil Ryan's Under-18s playing against Sunderland in our first match of the new Under-18 Premier League North campaign. Kick-off at the Aon Training Complex is at 12:30 BST. Meanwhile, legendary midfielder Roy Keane also celebrates his 48th birthday.

11: United begin the new Premier League season against Frank Lampard's Chelsea at Old Trafford, with kick-off at 16:30 BST. Make sure to follow the pre-match build-up on MUTV and stay up-to-date with the game through the Official App.

12: Today marks the day that Cristiano Ronaldo signed for the Reds from Sporting Lisbon in 2003. The Portuguese star would make his debut four days later.

16: Ahead of the first away match of the campaign at Wolves, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to speak to the media in his pre-match press conference. Elsewhere, the Under-23s will contest our first home match of the Premier League 2 campaign, as we face Reading at Leigh Sports Village. 

Juan Mata will come up against his former club when Chelsea visit Old Trafford.

17: Today marks 23 years since David Beckham scored that extraordinary goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996. This day also saw Peter Schmeichel make his debut for the club in 1991, while Robin van Persie officially became a Red in 2012.

18: Two legendary players named Denis made their debuts for United on this day. Denis Law appeared for the first time against West Bromwich Albion in 1962, while Denis Irwin made his Reds bow in our Community Shield fixture against Liverpool in 1990. 

19: Our first Premier League fixture on the road takes place, as Solskjaer's Reds travel to the Black Country to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Kick-off is at 20:00 BST and, as ever, you'll be able to follow our coverage on ManUtd.com and in the Official App. 

20: On this day in 1998, Dwight Yorke signed for United from Aston Villa, while van Persie made his debut for the Reds, coming on as a substitute against Everton at Goodison Park. 

Watch Scott McTominay's first competitive goal for United, on our last league visit to Wolves.

23: Our Under-23s are back in action, as Neil Wood's side travel to the north east to take on Newcastle United at St James' Park. Meanwhile, Solskjaer is set to hold his pre-match press conference ahead of the following day's match against Crystal Palace.

24: Five days after our match at Molineux, we return to Old Trafford for our second home fixture of the Premier League season, against Crystal Palace. The match begins at 15:00 BST and the usual pre-match build-up on MUTV and coverage on ManUtd.com and in the Official App will be available. 

25: On this day in 1996, our manager Solskjaer scored six minutes into his United debut, as we drew 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers in August 1996.

27: Our young Reds hit the road again in the EFL Trophy, as we head to Sincil Bank to take on Lincoln City in the second group-stage match of the competition.

The Reds will be involved in the Europa League group-stage draw at the end of the month.

28: We'll find out who our opponents will be in the Carabao Cup, as the draw for the third round takes place. Meanwhile, on this day, Wayne Rooney scored the sixth hat-trick of his United career, as Sir Alex Ferguson's Reds ran riot against Arsenal in that famous 8-2 win at Old Trafford.

29: United won the Community Shield for the first time on this day in 1908, beating Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in a replay at Stamford Bridge.

30: It will be a busy day for the Reds, with all eyes on Monaco as we learn who our group-stage opponents will be for this season's Europa League. Back at the Aon Training Complex, the boss is set to speak to the media in his pre-Southampton press conference. In the evening, the Under-23s will play West Ham United at Old Trafford.

31: The final day of August sees us make the trip to the south coast to take on Southampton, with kick-off at 12:30 BST. As with the rest of our Premier League fixtures, watch all of the pre-match build-up on MUTV and follow our coverage on ManUtd.com and in the Official App. 

United begin the new Premier League season against Frank Lampard's Chelsea at Old Trafford, with kick-off at 16:30 BST. The only way to guarantee your seat to this game is with a Matchday VIP Experience.

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