An incredible stat about our Liverpool fixture

Thursday 16 June 2022 09:00

Manchester United’s Premier League fixtures for the 2022/23 season have been released and, without doubt, supporters’ eyes will have been drawn to matchday three.

In case you didn't already know, Erik ten Hag’s Reds will start the campaign with an Old Trafford outing against Brighton & Hove Albion that will be swiftly followed by an away match at Brentford.

Then comes the standout match of the season for the majority of United fans: historic rivals Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams on 20 August, in just the third game of 2022/23.

When we asked you which fixture against our historic rivals you search for first, 42 per cent chose Liverpool at home, followed by Manchester City at home on 18 per cent. See the full results below...
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Which fixture against our historic rivals will you search for first?poll

Which fixture against our historic rivals will you search for first?

YOU’LL LIKE THIS STAT

In terms of the date, our research indicates this is the earliest league match against the Merseysiders in 50 years, going back to 1972 when we lost a Division One clash at Anfield on 15 August.

With regards to matchdays, it is the earliest since the 2013/14 season when we met in the third round of fixtures on 1 September, when Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal at Anfield.

The release of our 2022/23 fixtures has only increased the excitement for a new era at Old Trafford and everybody is looking forward to supporting Ten Hag as he attempts to bring success back to the club.

Naturally, our match against Liverpool will be a fascinating and important occasion in the Dutchman’s opening weeks as boss: bring it on, we can’t wait! 

‘AN ERA CAN COME TO AN END’

When our new manager Ten Hag was unveiled to the media in May, he spoke positively in his press conference about taking on the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League.

“It's fantastic, but I already met big coaches, big teams from the Premier League [in European competition], so I know how to deal with that,” the Dutchman said. “But it is clear that the Premier League is the biggest league in the world, I think. I am really looking forward to battling with them.”

Asked specifically about Klopp and Guardiola being so dominant in recent years, Erik continued: “In this moment I admire them. I admire them both. 

“They play, in this moment, really fantastic football, both Liverpool and Manchester City. But you will always see that an era can come to an end. I am looking forward to battling with them and I am sure all the other clubs in the Premier League will want to do that.”

Check out United's 2022/23 Premier League fixture list in full.

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