Nine months of football are with us again.With it comes excitement,sadness anxiety and the whole range of feelings that most fans experience as the new season is about to start. As a Manchester United fan I am excited at the way the team has completed the pre-season tour of America. While marketing the team, the tour was also a chance to brood in the youngsters and new signings while more importantly an opportunity for the players to get some match fitness. The highlights invloved beating the likes of MLS All Stars featuring the best of the American league 4-0, getting a small measure of revenge over Barcelona ,while we also bid farewell to the ginger prince Paul Scholes by annihilating the reborn New York Cosmos 6-0. The goal difference table read Scored 26 conceded just 3 though there isn’t much to read into pre-season.To top it off, we completed a comeback against bitter city rivals at the traditional curtain raiser to the season, the Community Shield.The show on Sunday at Wembley showed England that we won’t surrender our EPL crown so easily.
We begin the season at the Hawthorns against West Brom, a tricky fixture considering we luckily won there 2-1 last season.The big test for the month of August is Arsenal and Tottenham both at home on 22nd and 28th respectively.
September presents trips away to Bolton and Stoke, two fierce opponents who will surely give us tough tough games. The standout fixture of the month sees Chelsea visit the Theatre of Dreams on the 18th.
In October we welcome newboys Norwich to Old trafford in the first fxture. Our next two games are both derbies which will see us face our hated rivals Liverpool and Man City. The visit to Anfield will be of particular delight to the away fans as we rub in our newly acquired status as the topdogs of English football with 19 titles. The annual chance to put our ‘noisy neighbours’ in their place comes when City visit Old Trafford on the 23rd.The month ends with a tough return trip to Merseyside when we play away at Everton.
November is a simpler month with an away trip to Swansea sandwiched between home fixtures against Newcastle & Sunderland.
The bumper month of December sees us visit Astonvilla, QPR & Fulham as we welcome to the Theatre of dreams Wolves ,Wigan,and Blackburn.
January traditonally sees a surge from United and the opportunity presents itself with with an away trip to St.James Park to face Newcastle with home games against Bolton and Stoke. A pivotal away game against gunners awaits on 21st. The FA Cup also begins during this month.
February sees us take on Chelsea and Liverpool back to back on 4th and 11th respectively before we finish up with a trip to Norwich. With the return of the knock out stages of the Champions league coupled with such high profile fixtures, this will prove a pivotal month in the title race.
March sees the title race hot up with stern away tests in form of Tottenham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn.Westbrom and Fulham visit Old Trafford complete the round of fixtures as we enter April.
Home comforts outnumber the away trips here with QPR, Astonvilla and Everton all visiting while away days await at Wigan before a possible title clash against Man city at Etihad stadium on the 29th.We wrap up the season in May with Swansea at home and Sunderland away.Believe we can make it 20.
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