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Manchester United begin their 2018-19 Premier League season against Leicester City at Old Trafford, it was confirmed on Thursday.
After the opener, the Red Devils take on Brighton & Hove Albion away and Tottenham Hotspur at home.
The club released the fixtures on their official Twitter account:
United meet bitter rivals Liverpool on December 15 at Anfield, with their second meeting of the campaign at Old Trafford on February 23.
Jose Mourinho’s team welcome champions and neighbours Manchester City on March 16, while they will make the trip across town on November 10.
United vs. Liverpool
December 15 and February 23
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In matches between these two sides last season, Mourinho’s men had the edge over Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool team.
At Anfield the visitors came for a draw and were happy to sit in deep. In the end, a stunning save with his feet from De Gea was enough to earn the Red Devils an important point.
In the second meeting there was much more adventure from United, as they blitzed Liverpool in the first half through two goals from Marcus Rashford. Eventually, the Old Trafford outfit held on to earn a valuable 2-1 win in the race for second spot.
Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News broke down how impressive Rashford was that day:
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Good breakdown of Marcus Rashford’s performance vs Liverpool #mufc https://t.co/LJ0ne25R2X
For United this is always an enormous fixture, and they’ll be desperate to get one over on their enemies again. Given the freedom and ferocity with which Liverpool operate, a defeat would see major questions asked of Mourinho.
Still, since the Portuguese took over at Old Trafford he’s yet to lose to Klopp’s side. Preserving that record will be crucial to a strong season for the Red Devils.
United vs. City
November 10 and March 16
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The games against City last season represented one of the lows and one of the highs of the campaign for the Red Devils.
United were beaten 2-1 by City at Old Trafford in a result that felt decisive in the title race, as the eventual champions went 11 points clear of their city rivals. In the second meeting, City could’ve sealed the title with victory at the Etihad Stadium.
They were on course to do so after going 2-0 up at half-time. However, United put together a remarkable second-half performance and battled back to win 3-2 on the day.
Paul Pogba was exceptional in the contest and scored two of the goals in that comeback. James Robson of the Manchester Evening News hailed the effort from Pogba and his team-mates:
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Today always felt like Mourinho’s chance to start next season’s title challenge. Can’t ignore City’s first half dominance – but United’s response and the performances of Pogba and Sanchez were an emphatic statement of intent
In the end, aside from some temporary bragging rights, the result meant little, as City went on to dominate the Premier League like no team has previously.
This season, you sense it’s imperative United show up in this fixture in a manner similar to what they did in that spell away at City. Those who follow Mourinho’s side will hope any big performance counts for something this time.