Manchester United under-21s have discovered the path their season will take as they look to win successive Barclays Under-21 Premier League titles. Warren Joyce’s side fought off competition from Chelsea, Liverpool and Sunderland to claim the title last season.
Last season’s final table saw United finishing four points clear of Liverpool and five clear of Chelsea and Sunderland. United sealed their title win last season with a game spare. They virtually sealed the title with a 4-0 win over Manchester City at Old Trafford before being confirmed as the champions following Chelsea’s defeat to West Ham.
Warren Joyce side will warm-up for the new season with a friendly against Salford City on 13 July. Saturday 18 July sees United face Rochdale in the semi-final of the Lancashire senior cup.
The first game of the league season, sees the under-21s travelling to Leicester and the King Power stadium on 10 August. There is gap of over a month between their first and second league games. That being another away game, this time against Chelsea on 13 September.
The main challengers to United this season will be Liverpool, Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City, so they will be hoping to be in strong position going into the final four games of the season.
These crucial games will see United face Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on 20 February, then face a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on 13 March. United’s last home game of the season, sees them face Chelsea on 4 April. The season could come to thrilling climax as United face Southampton at St Mary’s stadium on 25 April.
Manchester United Under-21 Fixtures 2015/16:
Mon 13 July Salford City (A) Moor Lane 19:30 Pre-season friendly
Sat 18 July Rochdale (H) 15:00 J. Davidson Stadium, Lancashire Senior Cup semi-final
Mon 10 Aug Leicester (A) King Power Stadium
Sun 13 Sep Chelsea (A) Aldershot Town FC 13:00
Mon 21 Sep Everton (H)
Sun 27 Sep Tottenham (A) TBC 14:00
Sun 25 Oct Sunderland (A) Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground 15:00
Mon 2 Nov Reading (H)
Mon 9 Nov Middlesbrough (H)
Mon 23 Nov Norwich (A) Carrow Road
Mon 30 Nov Liverpool (H)
Mon 7 Dec Middlesbrough (A) Hartlepool United FC
Mon 14 Dec Leicester (H)
Mon 21 Dec Manchester City (H)
Mon 4 Jan Tottenham (H)
Mon 11 Jan Reading (A) Adams Park
Mon 18 Jan Southampton (H)
Mon 25 Jan Sunderland (H)
Mon 1 Feb Everton (A) Southport
Mon 8 Feb Norwich (H)
Sat 20 Feb Manchester City (A) Etihad Stadium 13:00
Sun 13 Mar Liverpool (A) Anfield 14:00
Mon 4 Apr Chelsea (H)
Mon 25 Apr Southampton (A) St Mary’s Stadium
All fixtures are subject to change. Home games will be played at Leigh Sports Village. All games will kick-off at 19:oo unless stated