The week ahead for United
As we enter March and the season starts to wind to a close, the games keep getting bigger and bigger for Manchester United.
This week, the first team face two huge games domestically and abroad, while our Under-23s and women's team are also in action. Here’s everything you need to keep an eye out for over the next seven days...
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds return to training after the 3-2 win against Southampton on Saturday. Our caretaker manager will be looking to put the final touches to his tactical plan to overcome Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
It is also 24 years to the day since we inflicted the biggest defeat in Premier League history, when we beat Ipswich Town 9-0. On the day in 1995, Andy Cole became the first United player to register five Premier League goals and strikes from Roy Keane, Mark Hughes (2) and Paul Ince ensured we ran out such emphatic winners at Old Trafford.
The first-team squad fly out to the French capital ahead of our crucial Champions League last-16 second-leg clash. Ole and a United player will then address the media at 16:15 GMT before the Reds train at the Parc des Princes. Make sure you tune into MUTV and follow updates in our Official App to see if Solskjaer gives any updates on the squad ahead of the big game. Elsewhere, we will also be wishing our Brazilian midfielder Fred a very happy 26th birthday.
The Reds take on Paris St-Germain in our huge Champions League last-16 second-leg match. After losing 2-0 at Old Trafford three weeks ago, Ole’s men will need to produce a huge performance at the Parc de Princes if we are progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT and you can follow live updates at ManUtd.com, or through our Official App. Elsewhere, on this day in 2010, Paul Scholes netted his 100th Premier League goal for United in a 1-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
The first-team squad will return to Manchester in the early hours of the morning, hopefully celebrating a famous night in our history. Elsewhere, as we continue to mark two decades from our Treble-winning campaign, today marks 20 years since the goalless draw against Chelsea in FA Cup.
Solskjaer will hold his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex as attention turns to Sunday's Premier League trip to Arsenal. The time of the media briefing is yet to be confirmed.
Later that evening, our Under-23s are back in action as we travel to the Stadium of Light to face coach Ricky Sbragia's former club Sunderland, who are bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2. The game will be shown live on MUTV and kicks off at 19:00 GMT.
One of the greatest players to represent United, George Best, put in a famous performance on this day 53 years ago. The Northern Irishman netted twice in a 5-1 victory away to Benfica in the European Cup quarter-finals in 1966, and famously earned the nickname ‘El Beatle’ after the game in Lisbon.
We finish the week with two huge league games. Firstly, United Women welcome Leicester City Women to Leigh Sports Village, for a 12:00 GMT kick-off. A win for Casey Stoney’s side could see us cut the gap to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies at the top of the table. Spurs are ahead of the Reds by five points, but have played two games more.
Later that afternoon, the first team travel to the Emirates Stadium for a huge game in the quest to finish in the Premier League's top four. Arsenal are just a point behind us in the table, however, three points for the Reds could see us establish a four-point lead over Unai Emery’s men. The match begins at 16:30 GMT and you can follow live updates in the Official App. Elsewhere, this day also marks 20 years since our 2-0 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final replay. It was a Dwight Yorke double that secured our passage and set up a semi-final showdown with Arsenal.
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