The new Premier League fixture list has been released and the fixture makes did not do new Manchester United boss David Moyes any favours.
After an opening-weekend visit to Swansea City, United will welcome Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to Old Trafford in an early season title contenders match-up. United then go to bitter rivals Liverpool before the international break. Imagine the pressure on Moyes if United have only three points from their first three games?
After the international break, United play Crystal Palace at home before a trip across Manchester to the Etihad and a Manchester derby on 21 September. A brutal run of fixtures for United to start the season with.
Newly promoted Hull City have been handed a tough opening fixture, away to Chelsea, while Selhurst Park will be bouncing for the visit of London rivals Tottenham.
Cardiff start their season with a trip to West Ham but the eyes of most of south Wales will have instantly fixed on those long-awaited Premier League derby dates with fiercest rivals Swansea City. The Swans visit Cardiff on 2 November while the return is on 8 February
The Christmas season usually has an impact on the final standings and this year should be no exception as on Boxing Day, Chelsea host Swansea, Manchester United head to Hull and Manchester City face Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal entertain Cardiff on New Year’s Day, Manchester United face Tottenham at Old Trafford, Pellegrini’s City travel to Swansea and Chelsea head to Southampton.
The season ends on 11 May, with Manchester United travelling to Southampton, Chelsea at Cardiff and Arsenal at Norwich, while Manchester City host West Ham.