Manchester United fixtures have been released for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign - and they open with a home clash against Swansea City on August 16th.
Louis van Gaal has taken the reigns at Old Trafford after a disastrous campaign for the former champions, and he’s been handed a fairly generous opener against the Swans.
It’s followed by a potentially tricky away trip to Sunderland, before matches against two of the promoted sides in the shape of Burnley (A) and then QPR (H).
Opening 3 fixtures:
- Manchester United v Swansea City
- Sunderland v Manchester United
- Burnley v Manchester United
The first significant challenge in the eyes of many fans will come at home to Everton on October 4th, whilst the Red Devils are also scheduled to host Chelsea at the end of the same month.
That’s followed by the first Manchester derby against rivals City at the Etihad start of November - a month where Van Gaal’s side also have to travel to face Arsenal.
Games come thick and fast during the christmas period, and Manchester United host Liverpool on December 13th. They also travel to Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke around the New Year period.
Christmas & New Year fixtures
- Aston Villa v Manchester United (20th December)
- Manchester United v Newcastle (26th December)
- Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United (28th December)
- Stoke City v Manchester United (1st January)
After a couple of relatively kind months, Van Gaal's side face Newcastle United away, Spurs at home and then Liverpool away in a tricky looking month of March, before the second Manchester derby takes place at Old Trafford on the weekend of April 11th.
The following week, Manchester United are scheduled to travel to Chelsea, and then just seven days later make the trip to Goodison Park to meet Everton.
West Brom, Crystal Palace and Hull City offer a very kind May run-in, although the small matter of Arsenal at home on the penultimate day of the season does offer a potentially mouth-watering prospect for fans.
All fixtures are subject to change, of course, with the Premier League sure to face a tough task pleasing the television demands placed on them by both Sky Sports and BT Sport.
They also have to try and accommodate English clubs in Europe, giving them the best chance to succeed against the giants of European football. It's a tough job, but there initial efforts make this one of the most exciting days in the calendar.
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