The week ahead for Manchester United
It’s a jam-packed week for Manchester United, with the first team in action three times over seven days and EFL Trophy and Under-18s fixtures also scheduled.
There's a lot to fit in so, without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s in store, starting with a huge clash at Old Trafford tonight...
It’s time for one of the Premier League’s great fixtures, as United entertain Unai Emery’s Arsenal. The two clubs have a storied history in this competition, with feisty clashes aplenty during the long reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. The latest edition of this titanic tussle kicks off at 20:00 BST, but you can prepare yourself with all the build-up by tuning in to MUTV’s pre-match coverage from 18:30 BST.
We'll continue to bring you all the reaction to Monday night’s game on ManUtd.com and in our Official App. Later in the day, we’ll also be keeping you updated with news of our Academy’s second fixture in the EFL Trophy. Our Under-21s travel to Sincil Bank to take on Lincoln City and, after an impressive 2-0 win over Rotherham United, Neil Wood’s men will be looking to make it two wins out of two in what is our first season in the competition. Kick-off is at 19:45 BST and MUTV's live coverage begins 30 minutes beforehand.
Join us in wishing our Academy graduate Mason Greenwood a happy birthday, as our youngest-ever European goalscorer turns 18. We'll also be remembering United great Duncan Edwards, born on this day in 1936.
As the Reds fly out to the Netherlands from Manchester Airport, we'll have confirmation of the travelling squad for our UEFA Europa League clash with Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar. Later in the day, our Official App will bring you live coverage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's press conference and we'll also have pics of the players' final pre-match training session.
On this day seven years ago, Robin van Persie's first European goals for the club helped us come from behind to defeat CFR Cluj 2-1 and claim our 100th win in the Champions League. The Dutchman struck in the 29th and 49th minutes, putting the Reds in pole position in Group H.
Our first European away match of the season will take place at the Cars Jeans Stadium in The Hague, as AZ Alkmaar's AFAS Stadium was damaged in a storm last month. After a 1-0 win against FC Astana in our Group L opener, Solskjaer will be hoping to make it six points out of six when we go up against the competition's 1981 runners-up. Kick-off is at 17:55 BST and as usual you can follow the action with live updates on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, as well as live audio commentary on MUTV.
After further reaction to the Europa League game, attentions will turn back to the Premier League and we'll have the latest team news from Ole, ahead of Sunday's trip to face Newcastle United.
On this day 11 years ago, a rare goal from Wes Brown helped the Reds to a much-needed 2-0 win against Blackburn Rovers. After two draws and a defeat in our opening five Premier League games in 2008/09, the centre-back's header and a second-half strike from Wayne Rooney clinched three points at a sodden Ewood Park.
On the eve of our meeting at senior level, we'll take on Newcastle United in the Under-18 Premier League. Neil Ryan’s side will be looking for a first win away of the season when the game at the Magpies' Academy complex gets under way at 11:00 BST. MUTV's live coverage begins 15 minutes before kick-off.
The Reds close out the week with a Premier League trip to Newcastle United, the side now managed by our former defender Steve Bruce. Solskjaer's men will be hoping for a repeat of our showing at St James’ Park in early January, when goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford helped us to a 2-0 win. Kick-off is at 16:30 BST and MUTV’s live build-up begins at 15:00 BST.
Sunday also marks the 63rd anniversary of Sir Bobby Charlton’s debut for the club in 1956, against his namesakes Charlton Athletic, funnily enough! The legend would, of course, go on to make a further 757 appearances for the Reds and in the process win three league titles and the FA Cup, as well as famously lifting our first European Cup in 1968.
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