Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

What does this week have in store for United?

Monday 21 October 2019 07:00

It’s an eventful week at Old Trafford, with Manchester United in action twice and our Under-23s, Under-18s and Women’s sides also playing.

Read on to find out what lies in wait for the Reds over the next seven days...

While we continue to provide you with all the latest reaction from Sunday’s encounter with Liverpool, our Under-23s will be preparing for their next game, in South Wales. Neil Wood’s side are aiming to keep up their impressive start to the Premier League 2 season when they face Swansea City Under-23s at the Landore Training Ground, in a game which is being broadcast live on MUTV (kick-off 19:00 BST).

Also on Monday, we’ll be wishing our former centre-back Nemanja Vidic a very happy birthday. The Serbian, who turns 38, made 300 appearances for the Reds between 2006 and 2014, scoring 21 goals and winning 15 trophies, including the 2011 and 2013 Premier League titles as club captain.

Happy birthday, Nemanja!

We’ll turn our focus towards our European commitments, with a trip to face Partizan Belgrade on the agenda later in the week. MUTV will be replaying the previous night's Under-23s match throughout the day, in case you missed it.

After a session at the Aon Training Complex in the morning, the squad will fly out to Belgrade in the afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to address the press at around 6pm, after we've landed in Serbia. As usual, we’ll keep you up to date with everything the manager has to say, via our Official App.

United return to European action when we take on Partizan Belgrade at the Partizan Stadium (kick-off 17:55 BST). With four points from our two games in Group L so far, we are in a good position to progress to the next stage, but a victory at a ground which has poignant historical meaning for United would provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men with a welcome boost.

Everyone at the club will be wishing Wayne Rooney a happy 34th birthday. Signed from Everton in 2004 as a teenager, the Liverpool-born forward would go on to become our record goalscorer, netting 253 times and winning every major honour available to him in 13 years at the club. One of Rooney’s first strikes in a United shirt came on this day in 2004, when the Reds memorably ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run, with a 2-0 win. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a penalty in front of a raucous Stretford End, before Rooney added a second on the break in injury-time.

Birthday boy Wayne celebrates in the rain after scoring against Arsenal on this day in 2004.

As is customary after European trips, Ole will provide an update on his side after the Partizan match on Thursday, rather than holding his usual Friday morning pre-match press conference. United’s Under-23s are in action for the second time in four days, this time at home, as Stoke City visit Leigh Sports Village. The Reds finished two points above the Potters in Premier League 2 Division 2 last season, winning the corresponding fixture 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to an Angel Gomes strike. This year’s encounter will kick-off at 19:00 BST and you can watch the full 90 minutes live on MUTV.

We’ll be building up to United’s Premier League game against Norwich City, but earlier in the day Neil Ryan’s Under-18s journey down to the West Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion in the Under-18s Premier League Cup. We progressed to the semi-finals of this competition last season, before being knocked out by Manchester City and will be hoping to get this year’s campaign off to a strong start. You can watch the game, which kicks off at 11:30 BST, live on MUTV.

It's a busy week for Manchester United Under-23s, with two fixtures in four days.

The clocks go back on Sunday morning, meaning we switch from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time, prior to a busy day for the Reds. First, our Women host Reading at 12:30 GMT at Leigh Sports Village in the Women’s Super League. Casey Stoney’s side can make it three top-flight wins in a row, following on from our recent 2-0 and 3-0 victories over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Later in the afternoon, the first team travel down to Carrow Road to face Norwich (16:30 GMT kick-off). Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game on our last visit to Norfolk in 2016 – will history repeat itself on Sunday?

Finally, Munich survivor Harry Gregg was born on this day in 1932. The Northern Irishman made 247 appearances for the Reds between 1957 and 1966, winning a league title and an FA Cup during his time here. Happy birthday, Harry!

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