10 things we spotted in United’s Premier League fixture list

A KIND FESTIVE PERIOD?

The Christmas and New Year schedule is always one keenly anticipated by fans and football professionals alike. It’s a period of the season where titles can be won and lost, as the fixtures remorselessly pile up with very little respite in between. At first glance, United’s 2021/22 festive itinerary isn’t too bad: every side we are due to play in December (Crystal Palace, Norwich, Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle, Burnley) finished in the bottom half last season or are one of the newly promoted clubs. That’s not to say those are easy matches – but last term we faced Manchester City, arch-rivals Leeds and Leicester City during the final month of the calendar year.

HOW WILL THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AFFECT THE SCHEDULE?

The Premier League fixture list gives us some idea of how the upcoming campaign will look; it gives the staff something to plan around. But there is still plenty we don’t know, of course. We’re in the Champions League for the second successive season – the first time we’ve achieved that since Sir Alex Ferguson retired – and, inevitably, our group-stage draw will have an impact on the Premier League itinerary. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious last season when a trip to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir was followed by an Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Everton, and the Norwegian will no doubt be keenly awaiting August’s draw to see how it affects the fixture line-up we’ve received today – although there has already been a promise the Goodison early start scenario will not arise again.

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