What's happening at United this week?

Monday 12 December 2022 12:00

Another big week awaits Manchester United, with plenty to look out for across the next seven days as the World Cup concludes.

Two of our players could be in action for their respective countries on Tuesday and Wednesday, as Argentina take on Croatia and France face Morocco in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup.

In addition, the Under-21s and Under-18s also play this week, in the Papa Johns Trophy and Under-18 Premier League, respectively. 

Ahead of what is sure to be a busy seven days for the Reds, here's the lowdown on what the next week brings for United... 

Reds to play in both World Cup semi-finals


Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are both one step away from the final in Qatar.


Listen, watch and read about the latest episode of the UTD Podcast, which features current no.1 David De Gea.

Reaction to United Women's derby with Manchester City continues, along with highlights of our Under-18s' FA Youth Cup tie with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.


Our Under-21s return on Tuesday evening, when they'll be taking on Bolton in the Papa Johns Trophy (19:45 GMT). Follow the United App and ManUtd.com for updates and images.

Elsewhere, Lisandro Martinez could be involved when Argentina meet Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals, where both teams will hope to book their place in the final. This match is being held at the Lusail Stadium and kick-off is at 19:00 GMT, live on ITV1 (for viewers in the UK and Ireland).

On this day in 1952, Reds legend Bill Foulkes made his debut for the club.


Hear more from former United player Bastian Schweinsteiger, as we release the second part of his exclusive interview with club media. You'll be able to watch the chat in full and read about it on the App and ManUtd.com.

Our original MUTV series, The Debate, continues. Watch as former Reds, celebrities and journalists debate the hot topics in the world of football, and at United. 

Raphael Varane could feature for France in their semi-final clash against World Cup dark horses Morocco on Wednesday evening. That game will commence at 19:00 GMT at the Al Bayt Stadium, live on BBC One (for viewers in the UK and Ireland).

Former Red Michael Owen celebrates his birthday on this day. Happy birthday, Michael. 


Following the two semi-finals, we'll know whether both Martinez and Varane will be participating in the final on Sunday. Our build-up to the weekend's climax of the winter tournament in Qatar will begin.

We're also celebrating the birthdays of one current and one former Red. Brazilian full-back Alex Telles, who is currently out on loan, turns 30, while ex-United forward Jesse Lingard also celebrates his 30th birthday. Have a good one, Alex and Jesse! 

Alex Telles will be celebrating his 30th birthday on Thursday.


Read about how you can follow our Under-18s and United Women in their respective fixtures with our extensive match previews.


Our Under-18s will be at home to Middlesbrough in the U18 Premier League, with kick-off at Carrington set for 12:00 GMT. This match, which was originally due to be played away, will be shown live on MUTV, ManUtd.com and the United App.

From 15:00 GMT, the World Cup third place play-off will commence and it could feature Raphael Varane or Lisandro Martinez, depending on the results of their semi-final fixtures. 

Elsewhere, we'll be marking the signing anniversary of club legend Steve Bruce, who joined the club on this day in 1987. We'll also be wishing a happy birthday to former United Women midfielder Jackie Groenen. Many happy returns!

FA Youth Cup highlights: Palace v United Video

FA Youth Cup highlights: Palace v United

Watch the action from an exciting FA Youth Cup third-round match at Selhurst Park...


United Women's final match of this calendar year, at home to Sheffield United in the Continental Cup, will be shown live on MUTV, ManUtd.com and the App. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 GMT and fans can buy tickets online via manutd.com/tickets.

Depending on the result of Tuesday and Wednesday's semi-finals, one – or both – of our Reds could feature in the World Cup final and compete for the chance to win international football's most coveted prize. The finale showpiece kicks off at 15:00 GMT live on both ITV1 and BBC One (for viewers in the UK and Ireland).

If either Martinez or Varane – or both – progress through to this showpiece fixture, you will be able to follow their experience of the final with regular updates in our World Cup blog on ManUtd.com, and also in the App.