What's happening this week at United?
It’s another action-packed week at Manchester United, as the Reds are set to play twice in the Premier League over the seven-day period.
Our first team aren’t the only side with two games either, with the Women’s team also preparing for a pair of outings this week, while our Under-23s and Under-18s have their sights on a final fixture of the calendar year.
There are also some special anniversaries and birthdays to come your way during this week at United…
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As well as bringing you all the ongoing reaction from the weekend’s Manchester derby, our attentions will quickly turn to European matters as we find out who we’ll play in UEFA Europa League round of 32.
The draw for the first knock-out phase takes place at 12:00 GMT from the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and will be broadcast live on BT Sport. We’ll also have updates for you on our Official App and at ManUtd.com.
The latest episode of the UTD Podcast also drops on Monday at 17:00 GMT, with United Women’s goalkeeper Mary Earps this week’s guest.
As preparations continue for our first midweek outing of the season in the Premier League, two of our Reds celebrate their birthdays! It’s a special day for Alex Telles and Jesse Lingard who both turn 28. Have a good one, lads!
Telles, incidentally, is the cover star of the last Inside United of the year, with the magazine released in the shops.
The countdown to the first-team’s clash with Sheffield United continues as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will meet with the media on Wednesday for his pre-match press conference. The boss could give an update on the latest team news, including whether Edinson Cavani will be available for the trip to Bramall Lane.
It’s also a midweek matchday for our Women’s team, who make the trip over to Merseyside to face Everton in our final Group C game in the Continental League Cup. We’ll have live coverage of the meeting with the Toffees, which kicks off at Walton Hall Park at 19:00 GMT and, although Casey Stoney’s side are unable to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition, we’ll be hoping to finish on a high by picking up three points.
Following the encounter with Everton, everyone at United will be wishing a very happy birthday to midfielder Jackie Groenen, who turns 26 on Thursday.
Neil Ryan’s Under-18s face our first game against Yorkshire opposition when Leeds United visit the Aon Training Complex for a 11.30 GMT kick-off. The young Reds will hope to close out the calendar year on a high, by maintaining top spot in the north division of the U18 Premier League.
Later, Ole’s Reds face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Premier League. The game gets underway in south Yorkshire from 20:00 GMT, so be sure to check out MUTV, the Official App and ManUtd.com for all your in-game coverage. The Reds are determined to win a 10th consecutive league match on the road.
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The attention will shift to our third game against Yorkshire opposition in the space of four days when Leeds are the visitors to M16 on Sunday. Follow our live coverage of Solskjaer's press conference, ahead of our first league meeting with the Whites in 16 years.
Our Under-23s also take to the pitch for the final time in 2020, when they head south to face Chelsea in the Premier League 2. The game kicks off at 12:00 GMT and will be shown live on MUTV.
We will mark the two-year anniversary of Ole taking temporary charge of United on 19 December 2018. The Reds won 5-1 at Cardiff City in his first match at the helm, before he was appointed as permanent manager in March 2019.
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The final day of the week starts with the last outing of the calendar year for our women’s team, as Bristol City visit Leigh Sports Village for a 12:00 GMT kick-off. Casey Stoney’s Reds will be looking to head into the Christmas break as league leaders with a positive result against the Robins.
Also on Sunday, it’s our summer signing Facundo Pellistri’s 19th birthday. The young winger has impressed for Neil Wood’s Under-23s since his arrival and has scored in each of his last three games.
Last, but certainly not least, it’s the highly-anticipated visit of Leeds United to Old Trafford in the Premier League. It’ll be our first top-flight meeting with our rivals since 2004 when we drew 1-1 at Old Trafford, a game in which future Red Alan Smith found the target for the Whites, to cancel out Paul Scholes’s opener for United minutes earlier. You can follow all the action from M16 with coverage of the 16:30 GMT kick-off across all the usual avenues.