Manchester United will be hoping to capitalise on their early fixtures of the new season, as Louis van Gaal's men look to mount a firm title challenge against champions Chelsea.
The long wait for Premier League teams to find out their fixture schedule for the upcoming season came to an end on Wednesday morning, as the fixtures for the 2015/2016 season were released. Whilst some managers were probably happy with their opening fixtures, other would have closed their eyes in horror.
Brendan Rodgers would have definitely been one of the latter as his men face Stoke and Arsenal away in August, before a huge North-West derby against fierce rivals Manchester United at the start of September. Rodgers will certainly want to avoid a repeat of the 6-1 humiliation against the Potters at the end of last season and will be desperate to get one over Louis Van Gaal after last year's disappointing results to the Red Devils.
The United boss, on the other hand, will be reasonably happy with his side's start as they face Tottenham Hotspur at home on the opening day and after comfortably beating Mauricio Pochettino's men 3-0 last year at home, United fans should be confident of a winning start.
There could be some cause for concern, however, because United face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on August 29 and after losing both home and away to the Swans last season, Van Gaal will be wary of the threats that Gary Monk's side pose. United also face Aston Villa away and Newcastle at home in the opening month but despite being overwhelming favourites for these games, everyone knows the Premier League can throw up all kinds of weird and wonderful results. Could former assistant manager Steve McClaren come back to haunt United?
The main question now for United fans is whether they can attract the world class players needed to mount a serious challenge for the title against the likes of: Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. These teams will definitely be strengthening over the summer so big investment will be needed in order for United to compete. With the likes of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Bastian Schweinsteiger linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, it certainly promises to be an exciting transfer window for Manchester United fans.
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