What's happening at United this week?

Monday 17 July 2023 17:45

Manchester United return to action this week, with two games set to unfold as our pre-season gathers pace.

Following a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Leeds last Wednesday, which saw the long-anticipated return of Lisandro Martinez and Mason Mount's first Reds appearance, we head to Edinburgh to take on Lyon. 

Tickets for that game are still available to buy, and it will be your last chance to catch us before we head Stateside for the start of Tour 2023.

Our second friendly of the summer is part of a busy seven days ahead when it comes to all things United, so here's our helpful day-by-day guide to help get you across everything that's going on...

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We’re kicking off the week by building up to the contest with Lyon and wishing a happy birthday to two Reds defenders - one current and one former. 

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All eyes will be on our women’s team on Tuesday morning, with the release of the WSL fixtures for the 2023/24 campaign at 10:00 BST. Marc Skinner's side recorded a best-ever season in the top flight last term, finishing second after running the title race to the very last day, earning a spot in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the process.

We’ll also be continuing our countdown to the men's team's second fixture of this action-packed pre-season, which you will be able to watch live on MUTV, if you are unable to make it to Murrayfield.

At 17:00 BST, United Women's Kirsty Hanson and Martha Thomas could be involved for Scotland who take on Finland, in a friendly away from home.


Midweek marks a memorable anniversary for United, as on this day in 1993 we signed eventual captain Roy Keane from Nottingham Forest. The midfielder would go on to win 17 major trophies with us, after spending 12 years in M16. 

In the afternoon, we’ll be back in action for the second instalment of our 2023/24 warm-up matches, this time against Lyon in Edinburgh, and it kicks off at 14:00 BST. 

It marks the last fixture on this side of the pond before we head Stateside for Tour 2023, so be sure to secure your ticket while you can! Fans who can't get to the game in Scotland will be able to watch live on MUTV, ManUtd.com and the United App.


You'll be able to see the short highlights from the encounter shortly after full-time, along with the extended versions, while the reaction will continue into the following day, before we turn our attention to the US leg of our summer schedule.

There will also be another signing anniversary to mark, as we celebrate two years since the arrival of United Women midfielder Vilde Boe Risa. We reckon that free-kick goal against Durham last season is one of her highlights since her joining the club - it was simply unstoppable!

Boe Risa could be the first Red in action at the Women's World Cup too, when Norway take on co-hosts New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament. That Group A clash is an 8am kick-off (UK time) on Thursday morning.

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Erik ten Hag's Reds will have landed in the States and preparations will be under way for our third outing of pre-season: against old rivals Arsenal in New York.

Elsewhere, our representation at the Women's World Cup could continue, as a Canada squad featuring United's Adriana Leon and Jayde Riviere face Nigeria at 03:30 BST in Group B.


It's matchday on the east coast of North America, with Mikel Arteta's Arsenal the opponents for a blockbuster Tour 2023 opener in the United States (kick-off 22:00 BST). We'll be building up to the pre-season encounter throughout the day on ManUtd.com and the United App, before live coverage of the fixture starts an hour before the first kick on MUTV.

Just under 12 hours earlier, United Women's Mary Earps, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem could all be in action for European champions England, who begin their World Cup campaign against Haiti in Group D (10:30 BST).

As far as anniversaries go on this date, legendary Reds defender Rio Ferdinand arrived in M16 on 22 July 2002, making the move across the Pennines from Leeds, at the start of 12 years in which he won six Premier League titles and a Champions League crown among his major honours amassed across 455 senior appearances at United.


Following Saturday’s clash with the Gunners, we’ll have all the highlights and reaction to the Reds' third pre-season outing across our official platforms.

Elsewhere, there will be plenty to celebrate across the club. On 23 July 1993, Paul Scholes turned professional and spent his entire club career with us after beginning in our youth ranks in 1991. After first hanging up his boots in 2011, he famously came out of retirement less than a year later and would go on to help us lift the Premier League trophy in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last campaign as our manager (2012/13).

As well as that, on 23 July 2021, three current United players were signed by the club. The men’s team announced the arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, while both Sophie Baggaley and Hannah Blundell joined our women's side.