Season restart: United's first league fixtures confirmed
Manchester United are set to return to Premier League action at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday 19 June after the opening dates for the resumption of the top flight were announced.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are bidding to do the double over Spurs, following the 2-1 win at Old Trafford in December, and extending an unbeaten run of 11 games that was halted by the enforced break due to the coronavirus crisis.
The eagerly awaited comeback for the Reds will be screened live by Sky Sports in the UK, with kick-off at 20:15 BST.
It will be our first match at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but, like all fixtures scheduled at the moment, the game will be played behind closed doors.
On the following Wednesday, 24 June, Ole's men will meet Sheffield United at Old Trafford, with kick-off at 18:00 BST
The corresponding fixture was a cracking 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane and the Blades are real contenders for a European spot as they lie two points and two places below the Reds, but with a game in hand.
The match will be our first at the Theatre of Dreams since the memorable derby victory over Manchester City, back on 8 March.
Sky Sports will screen the clash with the Yorkshiremen live and also our third league game after the restart - the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The game against the Seagulls is to be staged on Tuesday 30 June at 20:15 BST, which will follow the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final against Norwich City on the preceding weekend.
United have lost both matches at the Amex Stadium since Brighton's promotion to the Premier League but defeated them 3-1 at Old Trafford in November.
United have been stepping up contact training this week with everybody relishing the chance to play football again.
Odion Ighalo has explained to us how the squad is adapting to the 'new normal' at the Aon Training Complex, with the players still instructed to follow social distancing guidelines whenever possible. Skipper Harry Maguire recently described the return to work and Luke Shaw has expressed excitement at watching Bruno Fernandes and fit-again Paul Pogba combine in practice matches for the first time.
Our remaining six Premier League fixture dates are still to be confirmed.
Of course, everybody at United is disappointed fans will not be allowed to watch the team in person at the moment but we are relying on the continued loyal support from all Reds from the comfort and safety of home.
In order to assist with this, the Premier League and its media partners are working hard to deliver the very best broadcast coverage of our matches.
We also ask all supporters not to travel to any stadiums on matchdays. By supporting from home and following the government guidance, fans will be playing their part to keep friends, family and everybody safe. This united effort to stay at home will give us the best chance of protecting the health of everybody in our community.