Opinion: Who do we want first in our fixtures?
It may be hard to believe, but we are just days away from the 2022/23 Premier League fixtures being released in full and excitement is building for a new Manchester United season.
The provisional schedule will be published at 09:00 BST on Thursday 16 June and Reds around the world are all eager to discover who we will face first – and where.
You can get the breaking news first via the United App, ManUtd.com and MUTV, as well as the club’s official social media channels.
Ahead of the big announcement, we have opened a poll asking fans who they want Erik ten Hag's men to face on the opening day and the results so far are fascinating, with many favouring our historic rivals Leeds United, Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as the returning Fulham and Nottingham Forest. But who do you want?
Voice your opinion by voting below and keep scrolling for two more topical questions, as well as the views of our club reporters…
ASTON VILLA (A)
Mikey Partington, Club Reporter: It’s still early in June but already most of us are pining to see Ten Hag’s United side play at Old Trafford for the first time. So, naturally, a home game on the opening weekend is what most Reds will be hoping to see when our Premier League schedule is released. However, if there’s one away day that fans would potentially extend that wait a little longer for, it’s a visit to Villa Park. We’ve had a strong affection for their evocative home over the years and it’s often been a favourite on the calendar for many match-going fans. In the daytime or under the lights, it’s a special place for a football match, and on the pitch, Steven Gerrard’s strengthening side would provide an enthusiastic test to kick off our new era, at a ground where we’ve not lost a competitive match since the turn of the century.
Adam Bostock, Website Editor: How about a North-West derby at Old Trafford to kick things off? And if it's too early for us to host our arch rivals Liverpool or Manchester City, then a visit from Everton would be the next best thing. We've opened a few Premier League campaigns against the Toffees in the past but never at home, so let's take on Frank Lampard's side first in M16. Donny van de Beek could have some useful intel for Erik, following his successful loan spell with the Merseysiders, and that could well help us improve on our 1-1 draw in this fixture last term.
Joe Ganley, Contributing Editor: Let's be honest: the best football games always have a little bit of bite and spite to them. But, with this season's opening-day fixture being Ten Hag's first competitive game in charge, I desperately want us to get off to a winning start. So it's not the time to be heading to Anfield or the Etihad Stadium. With that in mind, I'd like to see a repeat of last season: a home game against Leeds United. You get the bite from that Lancashire-Yorkshire rivalry, but we'd also head into the match brimming with confidence after smashing Leeds home and away in 2021/22. The Whites are undeniably talented but, with respect, they were the 17th-placed team in the Premier League last term. So, I'm hoping the fixture gods deliver up a second helping of that memorable Old Trafford day from August 2021. A very winnable game, against a local-ish enemy, with Erik getting off to a flyer? Sounds alright to me.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (H)
Mark Froggatt, Senior Content Manager: Like many Reds, I’m delighted to have Forest back in the top flight for the first time since 1999 and not just because James Garner was instrumental in their Championship play-off final success. The two-time European Cup winners are a club with so much history and, as one of the founding Premier League teams from 1992/93, it feels fitting that they’re back in the big time 30 years later. A trip to the City Ground will be a golden ticket for our incredible away fans, without doubt, but to start with I want them at Old Trafford, in the sunshine (hopefully) for a throwback fixture that promises so much. Roy Keane might also be in the Sky Sports studio inside Old Trafford, feeling conflicted and confused, with his allegiances torn between clubs that clearly mean so much to him. Bring it on.
Adam Marshall, Contributing Editor: The start of a new era means it would be nice to kick off in front of a packed Old Trafford, full of supporters cheering the dawn of Ten Hag’s reign. The Black Country side have made life difficult for us on our home patch of late, and won the fixture last term, but they are a big club with something of a classic feel about them and could be ideal opening opponents. Games with Wolves have tended to be tight affairs but this could suit a tactician like Ten Hag, who will be getting a first taste of Premier League action. Our last four M16 meetings with the Midlands club have fallen in the winter months so it would be nice to greet Bruno Lage and his side with the sun out (fingers crossed, no guarantees – this is Manchester).
The 2022/23 Premier League fixtures will be released at 09:00 BST on 16 June.