The week ahead for United
The return of Premier League football this weekend means things ramp up again at Manchester United, especially as we enter the final stage of the season.
With several of our international stars still in action early in the week and our Women and Under-18 sides also playing, there is plenty to keep an eye out for over the next seven days…
Paul Pogba and his France team-mates welcome Iceland to Paris in their second qualifying game for Euro 2020. The match kicks off at 19:45 GMT and you can follow Pogba's progress in our International Reds blog, as is the case with all of United’s international players during the week. Meanwhile, on this day in 2000, Paul Scholes netted that outrageous volley, from David Beckham's corner, against Bradford City. To celebrate we will be reviewing some of the club’s best-ever volleys on our website and app.
The international fixtures continue as David De Gea and Spain travel to Malta in Group F, while Eric Bailly and Ivory Coast take on Liberia in a friendly, providing the centre-back has recovered from the head injury he sustained at the weekend.
The final international game of the break, involving a United player, sees Ecuador take on Honduras in the early hours of the morning, where club captain Antonio Valencia could be involved.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will train with a full squad for the first time in nearly two weeks ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford. United have won the last four meetings with the Hornets and, last season, a Marcus Rashford strike meant we won 1-0 at Old Trafford, in Michael Carrick’s last game before retirement.
The manager is set to host his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex, and, with so many Reds currently struggling with injury, he should give some indication as to who will be available to take on Watford. As usual, you can watch Ole’s press conference on MUTV. Elsewhere, this date marks five years since Juan Mata netted his first United goal in a 4-1 win against Aston Villa.
Our Under-18 side kick-off a busy weekend when Neil Ryan's boys take on Wolves at St George’s Park. The match begins at 11:30 GMT and can be viewed live on MUTV. Later that afternoon, Ole’s Reds are back in action as Watford make the journey north to Old Trafford. The game kicks off at 15:00 GMT and a win for United would, at least temporarily, see us move back into the top four with Chelsea and Arsenal not playing until Sunday and Monday respectively.
It’s a huge afternoon for Manchester United Women, as Casey Stoney’s side travel to take on Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in a top-two clash at Theobalds Lane. The game kicks off at 14:00, but don’t forget the clocks go forward one hour on Sunday morning so we'll now be in British Summer Time (BST).
Meanwhile, this day also marks the last goals scored for United by two club legends. Sir Bobby Charlton netted for the final time in a red shirt in 1973 against Southampton, while current caretaker boss Solskjaer did the same in 2007, during a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.
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