Manchester United first-team dressing room

Your guide to a huge week ahead for United

Monday 26 November 2018 09:00

A hugely influential week has begun for Manchester United, with games against Young Boys and Southampton to come over the next seven days. Our youth sides and women’s team are all in action, so here’s a guide to what’s in store for the Reds...

The first team will kick off a busy week by training in front of the media before the Champions League tie against Young Boys, who will complete their own preparations when they train on the Old Trafford pitch in the evening.

Jose Mourinho and a designated player will also speak at the pre-match press conferences from around 18:30 GMT.

Monday also marks the anniversary of Eric Cantona signing for the club. The striker joined the Reds from Leeds in 1992 and went on to make 171 appearances in five years at Old Trafford, winning four Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

Eric joined United from Leeds United 28 years ago on Monday.

In the afternoon, Nicky Butt’s Under-19s will face Young Boys in the UEFA Youth League. The United youngsters prevailed when the sides last met in September thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes.

Then, in the evening, the big one at Old Trafford! If we beat Young Boys and Valencia fail to beat Juventus in Turin elsewhere in Group H, then our progress to the knockout stages will be secure.

After our penultimate Champions League group game, the attention will quickly turn to the weekend’s Premier League match against Southampton.

The Reds have a good recent record at St Mary’s and haven’t lost there since August 2003. Last season, Jose Mourinho's men won 1-0 on the south coast thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s first-half strike.

We will say a big happy birthday to a United legend, as Ryan Giggs turns 45! Our record appearance maker is of course the current Wales manager, but he might enjoy a day off to celebrate.

Jose will be back in front of the cameras again when he speaks to the media ahead of the trip to Southampton, and he will hopefully give an update on the latest team news. You can follow it live on and in the club's Official App, or watch it live on MUTV.

Romelu scored the winner last year at St Mary's.

The Under-18s begin another rammed weekend for the club when travelling to Merseyside to face Everton. The game at Finch Farm kicks off at 11:00 GMT and can be watched live on MUTV.

After that, the first team are in Premier League action at 17:30 GMT, away to Southampton in the first of seven league games in December. 

It’s also James Wilson’s 23rd birthday. The United forward is currently on loan at Aberdeen and won’t have much time to celebrate, as he will preparing to face Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final the following day.

United Women are in action at 14:00 GMT, against Lewes Women at their unusually-named Dripping Pan ground in East Sussex. Casey Stoney's table-topping Reds will be confident of claiming a fifth consecutive win in the Women's Championship, after mauling Millwall Lionesses 8-0 last time out. Lewes, meanwhile, lost 3-2 at Sheffield United and are in eighth place.

Finally, we will also wish Matteo Darmian a happy birthday. The full-back will turn 29 on Sunday and will hopefully enjoy it by reflecting on an away win the day before.