United take on Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle at home on the opening day of the season and finish with newly promoted Hull City away.
September could prove to be a very important month for our title defence. We face Liverpool at Anfield then travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea the following weekend.
October gives us a bit of a break, following a difficult month, with Everton the most trying of the opposition. November sees us travel to both the Emirates to play Arsenal and Wastelands for derby day.
Whilst packed with league fixtures, December is a relatively easy month, with Spurs proving to be the toughest side we’ll play.
A tough start to the new year is on the cards, taking on Chelsea at home in our first game of January. There are no alarm bells ringing for February and April, but March sees us host the dippers.
The final month of the season brings about fixtures I’d rather us have played earlier. We take on City, who will need no extra motivation than the chance of denying us a title win to show up, then Arsenal the following week. The only saving grace here is that both games will be played at home.
We can consider ourselves lucky to a certain extent, as Arsenal, who are likely to be title rivals, take on Chelsea the week before travelling to Old Trafford. Chelsea’s toughest time comes when they play both us and Liverpool in January .
The most obvious observation from these fixtures is that our difficult games more or less all fall in the first half of the season, with the easier fixtures coming later on. Could this see us chasing the title again?