Manchester United Schedule 2017-18: Premier League Fixtures Released

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 24: José Mourinho, head coach of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United  at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images)
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Manchester United will open their 2017-18 Premier League campaign at home to West Ham United on Saturday, August 12, with their first major test coming away at Liverpool on October 14.

The Premier League released the fixture list for the upcoming season on Wednesday, June 14, via their official website.

United highlighted some of the key fixtures on Twitter along with the full list:

Manager Jose Mourinho will be keen to improve on his debut campaign at Old Trafford, which saw the Red Devils finish in a disappointing sixth place but qualify for the UEFA Champions league by winning the UEFA Europa League.

The season started well enough, with three straight wins, but back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Watford meant United were forced to chase the other top clubs the rest of the campaign.

Mourinho did manage to set a lengthy unbeaten streak, but it was hardly cause for celebration, as a number of stale draws had the fans crying out for better football. With another summer of transfers in the books, United's squad should be primed for bigger and better things.

As reported by Miguel Delaney of The Independent, Mourinho's teams tend to improve dramatically in their second year under his guidance. Major silverware is expected―the Red Devils haven't challenged for the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, and that's exactly why Mourinho was hired.

Football writer Liam Canning believes United have a good chance of getting off to a good start and highlighted the importance of doing just that:

United's first clash with Liverpool will provide a useful test of where they're at, particularly as they face Spurs and Chelsea in two of the three subsequent matches.

Arsenal and Manchester City represent a tricky start to December, but the remainder of that busy month sees them face teams likely to be mid-table or lower, which could make the Christmas period slightly more manageable.

The Red Devils will play City and the Gunners once again in April, but their run-in is otherwise relatively easy with West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford comprising the remainder of their final six matches.

      

Visit the official Premier League website for a breakdown of United's 2017-18 fixtures. You can also visit the Premier League website to see this season's fixtures in full.