Friday 19 June 2015

2015/16: Lowdown and key dates


Sat 8th: Tottenham (H)
Sat 15th: Aston Villa (A)
Tues/Wed 18/19: Champions League play-off, 1st leg
Sat 22nd: Newcastle (H)
Tues/Wed 25/26: Champions League play-off, 2nd leg
Sat 29th: Swansea (A)

Sat 12th: Liverpool (H)
Tues/Wed 15th/16th: Champions League group stage begins
Sat 19th: Southampton (A)
Tues/Wed 22/23rd: Capital One Cup 3rd round
Sat 26th: Sunderland (H)


Sat 3rd: Arsenal (A)
Sat 17th: Everton (A)
Sat 24th: Manchester City (H)
25/26th October: Capital One Cup 4th round
Sat 31st: Crystal Palace (A)


Sat 7th: West Brom (H)
Sat 21st: Watford (A)
Sat 28th: Leicester (A)


Tues/Weds 1st/2nd: Capital One Cup 5th round
Sat 5th: West Ham (H)
Tues/Weds 8th/9th: Champions League group stage matchday 6
Sat 12th: Bournemouth (A)
Sat 19th: Norwich (H)
Sat 26th: Stoke (A)
Mon 28th: Chelsea (H)


Sat 2nd: Swansea (H)
Tues/Wed 5th/6th: Capital One Cup Semi Final 1st leg
Sat 9th: FA Cup 3rd round
Weds 13th: Newcastle (A) 7.45pm
Sat 16th: Liverpool (A)
Sat 23rd: Southampton (H) 

Tues/Weds 26th/27th: Capital One Cup Semi Final 2nd leg
Sat 30th: FA Cup 4th round


Tue 2nd Feb: Stoke (H) 8pm
Sat 6th Feb: Chelsea (A)
Sat 13th: Sunderland (A)
Sat 20th: FA Cup 5th round
Tues/Weds 16/17th: Champions League first knockout round, 1st leg
Tues/Weds 23/24: Champions League first knockout round, 2nd leg
Sat 27th/Sun 28th: Arsenal (H)/Capital One Cup Final


Tues 1st: Watford (H) 8pm
Sat 5th: West Brom (A)
Tues/Weds 8th/9th: Champions League first knockout round, 2nd leg
Tues/Weds 15th/16th: Champions League first knockout round, 2nd leg
Sat 12th: FA Cup 6th round/ Crystal Palace (H)
Tues/Weds 15th/16th: Champions League
Sat 19th: Manchester City (A)


Sat 2nd: Everton (H)
Tues/Wed 5/6: Champions League Quarter final, 1st leg
Sat 9th: Tottenham (A)
Tues/Weds 12/13: Champions League Quarter final, 2nd leg
Sat 16th: Aston Villa (H)
Sat 23rd: West Ham (A)/FA Cup Semi Final
Tues/Wed 26/27th: Champions League Semi Final, 1st leg
Sat 30th: Leicester (H)


Tues/Weds 3/4: Champions League Semi Final, 2nd leg
Sat 7th: Norwich (A)
Sun 15th: Bournemouth (H)
Sat 21st: FA Cup Final
Sat 28th: Champions League final 

All kick-off times and dates subject to change

2015/16 league fixtures announced... and its Spurs first up

Louis van Gaal will begin his second season in charge of United with a home match against Tottenham after the Premier League fixtures were announced this week.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side will pose a tough opening day test for the Reds, who will be looking to reproduce the kind of form that brushed aside the same opponents in the corresponding fixture last season.

Then, two days before the first leg of the Champions League play-offs, the Reds travel to the happy hunting ground of Villa Park to face Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa.

The first match to really get pulses racing is the visit of Liverpool (a third win over them in a row, anyone) on the 12th September (although that's likely to change due to TV coverage) ahead of a tough run of fixtures for United.

 October has the look of a potentially season-defining month, with three difficult-looking away trips at Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace sandwiched by the small matter of the Manchester derby at OT on a provisional date of Saturday 24th October.

November is relatively kinder, with three matches against sides United will be confident of beating as we host West Brom and then travel to newly-promoted Watford before ending with a visit to Leicester.

A home game with West Ham and a trip to Bournemouth kick-off the busy festive fixture list, followed by Norwich at home (19th), Stoke away on Boxing Day (why do we always play there in winter) and then the visit of champions Chelsea to end 2015.

There are no New Year's Day games (the 2nd of January is a Saturday) but we start 2016 at home to Swansea, then travel to Anfield for a blockbuster showdown on the 16th.

Trips to Chelsea and the hosting of Arsenal provide the standout matches in February, while West Brom, Watford and Palace should send United into the second derby of the season (19th March) in decent nick.

Then, its Everton (home), Spurs (away), Villa (home), West Ham (away) and Leicester (home) before we wrap up the season against the other two top-flight newcomers (Norwich away, 7th May) and Bournemouth at home (15th) both of whom could be fighting for their lives in the closing weeks of the campaign.

The kick-off times and dates are almost certainly going to change when the televised games are published so keep an eye out for any alterations. 

Saturday 6 June 2015

Everton to sign Cleverley from United

Everton have completed the signing of on loan United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a five year contract.

Cleverley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, where he was influential in helping Tim Sherwood's side to Premier League survival and they also reached the FA Cup final.

Tom will join Roberto Martinez's Toffees on 1 July on a free transfer once the transfer window opens.

Paul Scholes retirement before the 2011-12 season left an opening in the United midfield, and Cleverley was quickly identified as a promising, home grown replacement.

A competitive debut soon followed in the 2011 Community Shield comeback win over Manchester City and Cleverley went on to feature a further 79 times for the Reds across three seasons, picking up a title winners medal in 2012/13 (Cleverley 2-0 Gerrard- he also won League One when on loan at Leicester).

England recognition came in 2012 in a 2-1 friendly win against Italy (the first of 13 caps for the senior side), and Tom also represented Great Britain in the Olympic football tournament at London 2012.

With the signings of Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Radamel Falcao ahead of the 2014/15 season, Cleverley found himself on the fringes of Louis van Gaal's side and after attracting interest from both Aston Villa and Everton, he joined the Villa Park side on loan for the season.  
With fierce competition for places in the United side and more summer additions to come, it has appeared for some time as though Cleverley's best chance of regular first team football would lie away from Old Trafford.

Everton boss Martinez said:

"For us and for Tom, he is a perfect fit for what we are trying to build here, and, as a player who is still relatively young who has his best years ahead of him, we are pleased to sign him.
"At the age of 25 and a player who is representing his country, Tom has experienced winning trophies and having big roles in demanding teams" added Martinez.

Tom goes with the best wishes of everyone at the club as he embarks on a new chapter of his career at Goodison Park.

Good luck Tom (except when you face us, obviously)

Friday 5 June 2015

Red dates for your diary

Hi guys, it's been a while. 

Apologies for lack of recent posts, but I've been busy with work and I'm off on my pre-season holiday on Monday so here's one final post before then to keep you going. 

The season may be over, but here at United Faithful we will continue to keep all you Red lovers out there up to date with the very latest from Old Trafford.

In just under two weeks time (17th June to be exact), the Premier League fixtures for the 2015/16 season will be released (an August Bank Holiday weekend in Bournemouth, anyone)?  

Once the fixtures are out, we'll take an in depth look at next season's schedule, including a full cast list and the blockbuster matches to look out for. 

This year, as of last season, Louis van Gaal's side will be flying Stateside for the club's annual pre-season tour, with four games on the schedule- 17 July vs Club America, 21 July vs San Jose Earthquakes, July 25 vs Barcelona before finishing on the 29th when we take on PSG (we will, of course, bring you all the very latest from the Tour, including the match reports). 

The squad for the tour is yet to be announced, but it's likely to feature a mixture of first team stars and youth and academy players, giving the younger members of the squad a chance to force their way into  LVG's plans ahead of the season proper.

Following the team's return from the USA, we will play a home friendly at Old Trafford (date and opposition to be announced) before, on 7 August, we find out who we will face in the play-off round for a place in the Champions League group stage. 

The two legged tie will be played on 18/19 and 25/26 August with the group stage draw to take place the day after the second leg. 

The transfer window, always exciting for any football fan, will close on 1 September (a day late because of the Bank Holiday).

Then, in just 63 days time, on the weekend of 8/9 August, the new Premier League season kicks off (it's been brought forward to allow an earlier finish time in preparation for the Euros) when the Reds will be primed and ready to re-commence battle as we set out in pursuit of our 21st top flight title. 

Until next time...