Manchester United U23

Important Under-23s match information

Saturday 14 August 2021 17:04

Manchester United Under-23s' season opener against Leicester City takes place on Sunday, with kick-off scheduled for 14:00 BST.

The side will play their first game of the season proper at Leigh Sports Village.

Unfortunately, MUTV are unable to show the game live due to broadcasting restrictions which mean a Premier League 2 fixture cannot be screened if a Premier League game is taking place at the same time.

United confirm PDP squad


The full list of Academy players for 2021/22 has been published.

The second game of the Premier League 2 season for United sees the Reds travel to London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with kick-off at 19:00 BST on Friday 20 August.

A tough fixture against Manchester City follows. That game, originally scheduled for Friday 27 August, will now be played on Saturday 28 August. Kick-off at Leigh Sports Village will be at 14:00 BST.

Lead coach Neil Wood explained recently that the U23s team will have a notable youthful feeling to it. As with last season, many of the side’s players have been loaned out to further their development with regular first-team football.

The latest to do so is Ethan Galbraith, the Northern Ireland midfielder who has joined Doncaster Rovers. He’ll play under Richie Wellens, an Academy graduate himself.

Supporter Guidance for Manchester United matches* played at Leigh Sports Village


Please be aware that government and local authority policy may change throughout the season, potentially at short notice. Supporters planning to attend should always follow the latest requirements and advice.

Data protection
- Manchester United will process your personal data as a data controller in accordance with applicable law and its data protection policy available at

- Leigh Sports Village will process your personal data in accordance with their privacy policy which can be viewed at
- Please note that your data may be shared with the NHS for the purposes of the NHS Test and Trace system.

Planning your journey

- Please allow yourself plenty of time so that you arrive inside the stadium before kick-off. Plan your trip to the stadium in order to avoid the busiest times and routes on roads and public transport.

Travelling by car

- Ample on-site parking will be available free of charge. If you are travelling to the stadium by car, you can use the following address; Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY.

- If you are seated in the East Stand please park in the north side car park and if you are seated in the South and West Stands please park in the south car parks – a site map for Leigh Sports Village with car parks can be viewed here

Travelling by public transport

- Please be mindful of requests to wear a face covering on public transport unless you are exempt.

- For more travel information please visit[FvA1][KS2]

Travelling on foot or by bike
- Where possible, we would encourage you to walk to the stadium - especially for shorter trips where it may be quicker than driving or going via public transport.

Tickets for matches played at Leigh Sports Village

- Fans must purchase tickets for Manchester United Women fixtures prior to matchday. Please do not travel to the stadium without a valid match ticket. To purchase tickets please visit

- Academy games will continue to be free of charge, however fans will be required to order a ticket online to be able to access the stadium via the digital turnstiles which have now been installed at Leigh Sports Village Stadium. To order your ticket please visit

- Once you have ordered your ticket, you will receive an e-ticket via e-mail which must either be printed off to scan at the turnstiles or shown on a compatible mobile device. Details must be provided at the time of purchase for all spectators attending the fixture.

- Security screenings will be conducted with minimal contact.

- All fans are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 app and check-in at the stadium on arrival.

Arrival at Leigh Sports Village
- ID checks may be conducted on arrival.
- Security screenings will be conducted with minimal contact.
- Fans are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 app and check-in at the stadium. This will help to reduce the spread of the virus and protect other fans.

- If you have any special accessibility requirements, please contact Leigh Sports Village on 01942 487888

Face coverings
- Please continue to wear a face covering while indoors at Leigh Sports Village Stadium if you can. Although the legal requirement to wear a face covering in England ended on 19 July, the government recommends that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces. Exemptions apply. If you wish to use an exemption card or badge, you can download an exemption card template[KS3].

- Please avoid gathering in congested areas.

- To reduce risk of transmission please pay via contactless and cashless payments where possible, cash payments will still be accepted.

- If you notice any issues or wish to report your concerns around our matchday operation please contact your nearest steward.

* ‘Matches’ refers to all Manchester United matches in which Manchester United Women’s team or any Manchester United Academy team participates in across all relevant competitions and including any friendly matches.