Why Saturday is a huge day for Reds

Thursday 01 December 2022 14:03

Any plans for this weekend? There's a huge day of action on the schedule for Saturday, as United Under-18s and our Women's side face huge fixtures, the latter at Old Trafford.

The World Cup knockout stages also get under way, with United involvement in each of the first two round-of-16 ties...

Here's your guide to a super Saturday and how you can keep up with it all...

11:30 GMT – United U18s v Leeds U18s

A bumper day of action kicks off live on MUTV, as our Under-18s side play Leeds at Carrington. The youngsters haven’t been in action since the dramatic Manchester derby win on 12 November and will be looking to climb the table after another clash with a club rival. This season’s Youth Cup also kicks off in December, so it’s a good chance for the young Reds to lay down their claim for being involved in that prestigious competition.

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Your special 60-page edition is waiting ahead of Saturday's match against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

12:30 GMT – United Women v Aston Villa

It’s the big one for Marc Skinner’s side, as they play Aston Villa at Old Trafford in front of what is expected to be a club-record crowd. The Reds go into the game third in the league, just three points behind leaders Chelsea, with a game in hand after the thrilling victory at Arsenal a fortnight ago. The Theatre of Dreams is already decked out in preparation for the game, with a huge banner displayed on the East Stand of the stadium profiling the players and the club’s desire to keep driving growth and inclusivity around the women’s game. Tickets for the match are still available to purchase, but if you can’t make it on Saturday, Sky Sports are showing the game live in the UK.

15:00 GMT – Netherlands v USA

Tyrell Malacia hasn’t featured yet at the tournament but our young left-back is ready to be called upon if required, as the Oranje face a talented United States side in the first knockout game of the 2022 World Cup. Amazingly, the Netherlands haven’t lost a competitive match under Louis van Gaal's two spells in charge since September 2001, a run of 35 games. Another win, at the Khalifa International Stadium, would potentially set up a tantalising quarter-final tie with Argentina. For viewers in the UK, the match will be broadcast on either BBC or ITV, with the exact round-of-16 scheduling still to be announced.

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19:00 GMT – Argentina v Australia

This game, also on BBC or ITV in the UK, will see one of the pre-tournament favourites Argentina go up against one of the World Cup’s true outsiders. Lisandro Martinez featured in two of the Albiceleste’s group games, as they recovered from the shock opening-day defeat to Saudi Arabia before beating Mexico and Poland to finish top of Group C. Australia are likely to provide stubborn opposition, after clean sheets against Tunisia and Denmark helped them finish runners-up behind France in Group D.

With two World Cup games also set for Sunday, in France v Poland and England v Senegal, plus the remainder of the first-team squad jetting off to Spain, it should be a weekend to remember!