The Week Ahead for United
As the end of the season draws ever closer, there is plenty going on at Manchester United.
It’s a big week across the club, with two of our teams playing their final games of the campaign while the first team have two massive matches at home.
Here’s what is coming up over the next seven days…
The Reds will be recovering from Sunday’s Premier League defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, while a number of our fans will still be celebrating the Easter holidays. Later in the day, subscribers to MUTV will be able to watch the latest episode of The Paddy Crerand Show live at 18:30 BST, as the club legend discusses the fall-out to the 4-0 loss with callers and his studio guests. Elsewhere, former United striker Dion Dublin and Under-23s goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, who is currently on loan at Macclesfield Town, both celebrate birthdays. It’s also six years since Robin van Persie scored that memorable hat-trick against Aston Villa to clinch our last Premier League title.
Van Persie's stunner against VillaVideo
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will speak to the media in his press conference as his side step up preparations at the Aon Training Complex ahead of the midweek Manchester derby. It’s also 18 years to the day since Ruud van Nistelrooy signed for the club, 16 years since we beat Real Madrid’s Galacticos 4-3, on the night, at Old Trafford in the Champions League, and three years on from Anthony Martial’s late winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
It’s the first of two big home games for United as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City make the short trip across town for a crucial derby match at Old Trafford. You will be able to follow our coverage on ManUtd.com and the official app as ever, while MUTV subscribers can watch live build-up to the 20:00 BST kick-off from 18:30 BST. Elsewhere, we beat Bristol City 1-0 to lift our first FA Cup on this day in 1909, while Norman Whiteside made his United debut in 1982 and Wayne Rooney scored that stunning volley, one of his best goals for the club, against Newcastle in 2005.
The Reds will recover from Wednesday’s game and look towards Sunday’s huge match against Chelsea. Meanwhile, it’s exactly a decade to the day since we came from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 5-2 in that thrilling match at Old Trafford. Also, our famous ground hosted its first European Cup tie on this day in 1957 against Real Madrid. Look out for the third episode of Kicking Off – a brand new show involving United fans which you can watch and interact with live in the official app from 18:30 BST.
Solskjaer will hold his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s battle with the Blues, with the time of the media briefing yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, it’s the final day of the season for the Under-23s, with Ricky Sbragia’s side signing off for the campaign against Wolves at Leigh Sports Village. There is free entry for all fans or you’ll be able to watch the 19:00 BST kick-off live on MUTV. There are a couple of anniversaries too – five years since Ryan Giggs oversaw a 4-0 win over Norwich in his first game as caretaker manager and United were crowned champions on this day in 1952.
It’s also a final assignment of 2018/19 for our Under-18s this weekend, as Neil Ryan’s lads welcome Everton to the Aon Training Complex with third taking on fourth in the Under-18 Premier League North. Kick-off is at 11:00 BST and you can watch the game live on MUTV. Elsewhere, as the Jewish Passover comes to an end in the evening for some of our fans, we’ll be marking 20 years since a 2-0 win over historic rivals Leeds United, thanks to goals from Andrei Kanchelskis and Ryan Giggs.
Casey Stoney’s Reds play a first game as champions of the FA Women’s Championship, as United Women travel to Dartford to play Millwall Lionesses in our final away fixture of the campaign (kick-off 14:00 BST). Soon after the final whistle blows there, Solskjaer’s side host Chelsea in a significant clash in the race to secure a top-four finish. Kick-off at the Theatre of Dreams is at 16:30 BST, with the usual build-up getting under way across our channels from 15:00 BST. Juan Mata could face his former club on the Spaniard’s 31st birthday. Elsewhere, Sir Bobby Charlton made his 758th and final appearance for the club on this day in 1973.
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