We’re set for another busy week at United
Manchester United’s week is book-ended by two huge matches against our old foes Liverpool.
From Monday's talk about our top-of-the-table showdown in the Premier League to Sunday's home tie in the Emirates FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp's men are high on our agenda - albeit with another opposition side, Fulham, sandwiched in between.
And it's not just our first team who are in action over the seven-day period - in fact, across the club we have five matches, as well as plenty of birthdays and anniversaries.
Here’s everything that’s happening this week at United…
As mentioned above, we’re reacting to the 0-0 draw at Anfield - make sure to check out our extensive coverage across ManUtd.com and our Official App, which includes everything from articles and videos, to quizzes and social media comments.
Elsewhere, Monday is the anniversary of the first time the famous United Trinity of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton played alongside each other. Immortalised permanently outside Old Trafford in the form of a statute, the trio inspired the Reds to the league title in 1965 and 1967, as well as our first European Cup triumph of ’68.
At 17:00 GMT, the latest episode of UTD Podcast will be released. This week’s guest is former Academy graduate Lee Martin.
Speaking of our Academy, United’s Under-23s wrap up a hectic Monday when we take on Leicester City away in Premier League 2 with kick-off at 19:00 GMT. You can watch all the action live on MUTV.
The attention quickly turns to our midweek Premier League encounter with Fulham. After a difficult start to the season, the Cottagers have improved markedly in recent weeks and host United on the back of impressive performances against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Ole will share his thoughts on Fulham’s form, and may give an indication as to our starting XI at Craven Cottage, during his pre-match press conference at a time to be confirmed.
Also, the new Inside United magazine is released, including a feature interview with Harry Maguire, and it is always a must-read for all Reds fans.
The Reds could surrender and regain top spot in the Premier League table in the space of a few hours. Second-placed Manchester City will be two points behind when they begin their home game against Aston Villa 18:00 GMT, and then our clash in the capital kicks off at 20:15. You can follow Fulham v United with live updates on ManUtd.com and in our Official App, while MUTV offers live radio commentary at the heart of its coverage.
A win would be a great way to honour Sir Matt Busby, who led the club to eight major honours during his time as manager; this date marks exactly 27 years ago since he sadly passed away.
Wednesday is also the 25th birthday of our women's team captain - many happy returns, Katie Zelem.
We’ll be reflecting on our trip to Craven Cottage, where hopefully the Reds will have extended our unbeaten away run in the league to 17 matches.
Elsewhere, two members of our fabled ‘Class of ’92’ celebrate their birthdays on this day. Nicky Butt turns 46, while Phil Neville is two years his junior at 44. Have a good one, guys!
This date is also significant for Wayne Rooney, who became our all-time top scorer exactly four years ago. The striker netted a superb free-kick against Stoke City to bag his 250th United goal, one more than Sir Bobby Charlton managed. Current Reds keeper Lee Grant was between the posts for the Potters.
Once again, the boss will face questions from journalists, ahead of our second game of the week. Ole’s media briefing may shed light on the latest team news and reveal his thoughts on the FA Cup fourth-round clash with Liverpool.
Our Under-18s return to action when we travel to face Blackburn Rovers at 11:00 GMT. The Reds are currently top of the Under-18 Premier League North table, a position we’ll look to strengthen at the weekend.
Meanwhile, we’ll also be building up to our meeting with Liverpool. We last met in the FA Cup in 2012, when it was Liverpool who triumphed. However, a year earlier and Ryan Giggs’s penalty ensured it was United who progressed in the cup. Make sure to check out ManUtd.com and our Official App for all our unmissable pre-match coverage.
United Women kick off a double header of games when we host Birmingham City at 12:00 GMT. Casey Stoney’s side suffered a first league defeat of the season last week against Chelsea and will be hoping to bounce back by picking up three points against another team known as the Blues.
Later in the day, we'll finish a massive week with a hugely significant game. United v Liverpool is always a mammoth occasion, and this time a draw is not an option with extra-time and penalties on the table if the teams can't be separated after 90 minutes. One side will come away from Old Trafford safely in the fifth round of the cup, while the other will be left to focus on their league and European ambitions. Either way, the 17:00 GMT kick-off should be another tense and nerve-shredding occasion.