MANCHESTER UNITED will start the 2019/20 campaign with a killer game against current Europa League champions Chelsea.
And if that looks difficult, Red Devils fans, you might not want to look at what December has in store for you.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host the Blues on the first Super Sunday of the season as they look to drag themselves back into the top four.
The start of December looks unkind as they face Tottenham, followed by the first Manchester derby of the season.
Solskjaer’s side also take on Arsenal on New Year’s Day to conclude the busy Christmas schedule.
The return derby at Old Trafford is on March 7 and they will finish their campaign away at former Premier League champions Leicester.
Last season was as turbulent as it has been since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
They will hope for a better start this season as last time they suffered two defeats in their opening three matches, before Jose Mourinho was given the boot following their 3-1 loss at Liverpool.
In came club legend Solskjaer on a temporary deal from Norwegian side Molde.
And things picked up as they went on a 12-match unbeaten run in the Premier League – including a win over Tottenham and goalless draw with Liverpool.
At the time, United were looking like they could finish in the top four and ensure Champions League football for next season.
This led to the Red Devils board making Solskjaer’s position permanent.
But five defeats in their last eight matches – including a 2-0 final day loss at home to already-relegated Cardiff City – ended the campaign on a sour note and in sixth place, 27 points behind winners Man City.
That led to thoughts the Norwegian coach had been handed full control too soon, despite his impressive showing the Champions League round of 16.
United reached the knockout stages with relative ease, even if they finished second in Group H – but they were handed a nightmare tie against PSG and their attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
A 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford meant they needed something special in Paris, and they delivered with Marcus Rashford scoring a last-minute penalty to send them through.
The quarter-finals though was a capitulation against one of the favourites in Barcelona, losing 4-0 on aggregate.
Domestic cup competitions were disappointing, losing in the third round of the Carabao Cup before being knocked out by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup.
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Source:: Daily Times