Wednesday, 14 June 2017

United to host the Hammers on the opening day

United kick off the 2017-18 Premier League season as we ended the last - with a home game against London opposition.

83 days after the 2-0 win over Palace brought down the domestic curtain, the Reds welcome Slaven Bilic's West Ham side to Old Trafford on Saturday 12th August.

Four days earlier, Europa League champions United face Champions League winners Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje. 

As winners of Europe's second tier tournament, the Reds won't need to negotiate a potentially slippery Champions League play-off, as we go straight into the competition's group stage.

The first matchday is Tuesday or Wednesday 12th/13th September, off the back of an always tricky visit to Mark Hughes' Stoke on the 9th.

The first domestic heavyweight clash to be circled on the calendar comes away to Liverpool on the 14th October - almost a year to the day from the corresponding fixture last term, which ended 0-0.

United then travel to newly promoted Huddersfield (a first ever visit to the John Smith's Stadium) before back-to-back games against high profile London rivals Spurs (28 October) and champions Chelsea (4 November). 

We host the two other newly promoted sides Newcastle and Chris Hughton's Brighton in successive home matches before we finish November with a trip to Watford.

The hectic run of festive fixtures over Christmas and New Year can make or break a club's season, with seven matches packed into the space of four weeks.

United travel to Arsenal on the 2nd December and then host cross town rivals City a week later, although both of these fixtures are likely to be re-arranged to meet the demands of TV coverage.

The Reds end 2017 with two home games in four days as Burnley make the 28 mile journey to Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
After Southampton's visit on the 30th, United get one day's rest before kicking off 2018 at Goodison Park.

Other key dates are the 24th February when the champions are in town, the 10th March for Liverpool's visit, and the return derby at the Etihad, provisionally scheduled for the 7th April. 

We visit the south coast with a first ever trip to Brighton's Amex Stadium in our final away league fixture of the campaign.

United finish the season as we started it at Old Trafford, with Marco Silva's Watford the opposition on Sunday 13th May. 

Bring it On!!

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