Wednesday 22 January 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Position last season: 7th

Nickname: The Red Devils

Ground: Old Trafford

Capacity: 76,100

Players in: Luke Shaw (Southampton, £30m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £28.8m), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, undisclosed)

Players out: Rio Ferdinand (QPR, free), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, free), Ryan Giggs (retired), Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £4.4m), Federico Macheda (Cardiff, free), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, loan), Patrice Evra (Juventus, initial £1.2m)

Chances: United fans will be hoping Van Gaal can prove an instant success in the Premier League, having shown great confidence in taking Holland to the semi-finals of the World Cup. The Dutchman, though, will need all of his experience for what will be a completely new ball game, but following some decent summer additions, he should be able to get the Red Devils firing again and turn Old Trafford back into a fortress as they chase down Champions League qualification.

Fixtures

August: 16 Swansea (h) 12.45, BT Sport; 24 Sunderland (a) 4.0, Sky Sport; 30 Burnley (a) 12.45, BT Sport

September: 14 QPR (h) 4.0, Sky Sport; 21 Leicester (a) 1.30, Sky Sports; 27 West Ham (h) 3.0, Setanta Sports

October: 5 Everton (h) 12.0, BT Sport; 20 West Brom (a) 8.0, Sky Sports; 26 Chelsea (h) 4.0, Sky Sports

November: 2 Man City (a) 13.30, Sky Sport; 8 Crystal Palace (h) 3.0, Setanta Sports; 22 Arsenal (a) 5.30, Sky Sports; 29 Hull (h) 3.0

December: 2 Stoke (h) 7.45; 6 Southampton (a) 3.0; 13 Liverpool (h) 3.0; 20 Aston Villa (a) 3.0; 26 Newcastle (h) 3.0; 28 Tottenham (a) 3.0

January: 1 Stoke (a) 3.0; 10 Southampton (h) 3.0; 17 QPR (a) 3.0; 31 Leicester (h) 3.0

February: 7 West Ham (a) 3.0; 10 Burnley (h) 7.45; 21 Swansea (a) 3.0; 28 Sunderland (h) 3.0

March: 4 Newcastle (a) 7.45; 14 Tottenham (h) 3.0; 21 Liverpool (a) 3.0

April: 4 Aston Villa (h) 3.0; 11 Man City (h) 3.0; 18 Chelsea (a) 3.0; 25 Everton (a) 3.0

May: 2 West Brom (h) 3.0; 9 Crystal Palace (a) 3.0; 16 Arsenal (h) 3.0; 14 Hull (a) 3.0

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