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10 things we spotted in United's fixture list

Wednesday 16 June 2021 09:59

Manchester United's 2021/22 Premier League fixtures deserve closer scrutiny so we have highlighted some particular games to look forward to...

SOUTH COAST TRIP IN AUGUST

After the opener with Leeds United, a first away game at Southampton will bring back some memories. We opened the 1987/88 campaign with a 2-2 draw at The Dell, the Saints' old ground, with Norman Whiteside scoring both goals. Fans may also recall our first-ever win in the Premier League came early in the successful 1992/93 term when Dion Dublin grabbed a late winner on the south coast.

RECORD OPPORTUNITY

The clash with Ralph Hassenhuttl's men, who we beat 3-2 and 9-0 in 2020/21, presents a chance to match Arsenal's longest unbeaten run in top-flight history. The Gunners picked up wins or draws in 27 consecutive games between April 2003 and September 2004, while United's final-day triumph at Wolves not only ensured we were unbeaten on the road throughout the league season but it stretched our own run to 26 matches.

Revealed: United's Premier League fixtures article

The Reds will kick off next season with an absolute cracker in August.

BACK AT BRENTFORD

It's a huge season for newly promoted Brentford, who are back in the top flight for the first time in 74 years! We've not played the Bees since 1975, when we beat them 2-1 in a League Cup tie at Old Trafford, but our scheduled game with them on 14 December will be our first trip to their home since 1947. That match was at their former ground, Griffin Park, which they have since left for the Brentford Community Stadium, less than a mile away. So it's another new venue to add to the United list...

MAD MARCH

There are few easy games in the Premier League these days, but when we first scanned the upcoming season's fixtures, March stuck out immediately as particularly challenging. We travel away to Manchester City and Liverpool and, between those two daunting games, we host Tottenham at Old Trafford. Exciting!
BOXING DAY IN NEWCASTLE

Remarkably, we'll face Newcastle on Boxing Day for the fourth time in 10 years – and the sixth time in the club's history. Thankfully, we have a good record against the Geordies, winning four out of the five Boxing Day meetings thus far, with a 1-0 reverse in 1987 the only blemish.
 
CHELSEA IN MAY
 
The Champions League holders will be the final Premier League team to visit Old Trafford in 2021/22, which stirs memories of their May visit to M16 in 2011. United won 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Javier Hernandez and Nemanja Vidic, to take a massive step towards a record-breaking 19th title. Old Trafford was as noisy as anything that day – let's hope it's as euphoric come 2022.
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ALL EYES ON OLD TRAFFORD

Our home record drew plenty of attention last season as, somewhat surprisingly, we performed far better away from Old Trafford than at home. Many linked that to the absence of a home crowd, but could that change this season? Interestingly, United face all three of our biggest traditional rivals – Liverpool, Manchester City and Leeds – at Old Trafford before the turn of the year. Success against the first two could potentially have big ramifications for any title hopes; could the return of fans give us the extra boost we maybe lacked last term?

MEMORIES OF 1993

We finish our league season at Selhurst Park, which inspires pleasant memories of the last few weeks of the 1992/93 season, when we claimed our first title in 26 years. We beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the venue prior to  Aston Villa's decisive defeat to Oldham Athletic, and then returned to the ground to face their neighbours Wimbledon on the last day, as champions. Could that be a good omen? Ole has improved on his league position every season since taking up the managerial reins in 2019. Sixth in 2018/19, third in 2019/20, and second last term...

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A KIND FESTIVE PERIOD?

The Christmas and New Year schedule is always one keenly anticipated by fans and football professionals alike. It's a period of the season where titles can be won and lost, as the fixtures remorselessly pile up with very little respite in between. At first glance, United's 2021/22 festive itinerary isn't too bad: every side we are due to play in December (Crystal Palace, Norwich, Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle, Burnley) finished in the bottom half last season or are one of the newly promoted clubs. That's not to say those are easy matches – but last term we faced Manchester City, arch-rivals Leeds and Leicester City during the final month of the calendar year.

HOW WILL THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AFFECT THE SCHEDULE?

The Premier League fixture list gives us some idea of how the upcoming campaign will look; it gives the staff something to plan around. But there is still plenty we don't know, of course. We're in the Champions League for the second successive season – the first time we've achieved that since Sir Alex Ferguson retired – and, inevitably, our group-stage draw will have an impact on the Premier League itinerary. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious last season when a trip to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir was followed by an Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Everton, and the Norwegian will no doubt be keenly awaiting August's draw to see how it affects the fixture line-up we've received today - although there has already been a promise the Goodison early start scenario will not arise again.
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