A guide to the week ahead for United
With the Premier League's winter break still in full swing, Manchester United are without a first-team game for the second week in a row.
To keep you up to date with everything that’s happening this week, we’ve rounded up all the major events taking place at United…
Our Under-23s are also making the most of a slight pause in the competitive playing schedule, and are currently in Portugal for a mid-season training camp and a friendly against Benfica at Caxia Futebol Campus.
Exclusive access to our first workout in SpainVideo
Ole will continue to put his players through their paces in Marbella ahead of our return to Premier League action against Chelsea next Monday. New signings Bruno Fernandes and Nathan Bishop will, of course, continue to become acquainted with their new team-mates in the Spanish sun, while Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay and Tim Fosu-Mensah will continue their recovery work from respective injuries.
We celebrate two significant milestones on this day. Firstly, it’s 75 years to day since Matt Busby was appointed Manchester United manager. One of the greatest bosses in the history of English football, Sir Matt took charge of 1,140 United matches and led us to five league titles, two FA Cup triumphs and our first European Cup success in 1968.
Secondly, this is the anniversary of one of the best goals ever scored at Old Trafford: Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City. Not only was that strike in 2011 a thing of beauty, it secured a 2-1 derby victory for United and helped us finish top of the table that season, nine points ahead of City.
Elsewhere, Casey Stoney’s women’s side are in action this evening, with a long journey down to Crawley Town to face Brighton (19:45 GMT kick-off). The Reds are currently fourth in the WSL table and three points against the Seagulls could help us cut the gap to third-placed Arsenal. Last time we met Brighton, United ran out as 2-1 winners in the Continental League Cup, thanks to goals from Abbie McManus and Jane Ross.
It’s exactly a year to the day since Eric Harrison passed away. The much-missed youth-team coach spent 27 years with the Reds and oversaw the development of a host of famous United players, included the renowned ‘Class of ’92’ - the name given to the group of Beckham, Butt, Giggs, Neville and Scholes who won the FA Youth Cup in that year.
On Valentine’s Day, Ole will address the wider media for the first time in nearly two weeks, when he conducts his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex. The boss will preview our upcoming Premier League game against Chelsea on Monday and could provide an update on the fitness of his squad on their return from Marbella. As usual, MUTV will broadcast the press conference, and you can also stay up to date with what Ole’s had to say via our Official App.
Later that day, our Under-23s face Swansea City’s youngsters at Leigh Sports Village. The Reds could regain top spot in Premier League 2 Division Two table with a win, as Neil Wood’s men currently trail leaders West Ham United by two points. The match will be broadcast live on MUTV and kicks off at 19:00 GMT.
An hour later, two of the sides competing with our first team for a top-four place, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City, will meet in the Premier League at Molineux. United are currently locked on the same number of points as the Black Country outfit.
Day one in Spain Gallery
Check out our exclusive photos as the Reds put in the hard graft on the first day of the warm weather training camp.
The Premier League action continues over the weekend, with Southampton hosting Burnley at 12:30 GMT on this day, before Liverpool travel to Norwich City for a 17:30 GMT kick-off.
As for the Reds, with Ole’s men back from the our Marbella training camp, the boss will be putting his final touches to our gameplan for Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge. With Odion Ighalo not currently out with the party in Spain, the squad’s return to the Aon Training Complex could provide our latest recruit with a first opportunity to meet his new team-mates.
Make sure you check out the website and Official App for all the build-up to our return to Premier League action. We’ll have exclusive interviews with Ole and several players, as well as a match preview, an opposition guide and a look back at some classic encounters with Chelsea.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Aston Villa host Tottenham Hotspur at 14:00 GMT on this day, while Newcastle United travel to Arsenal at 16:30 GMT.
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