The 2014/15 Premier League fixtures have been announced this morning and Manchester United have been given a very kind start to the season.
United’s first five games of the season are against Swansea (H), Sunderland (A), Burnley (A), Queens Park Rangers (H) and Leicester City (A) which is the perfect way for Louis van Gaal to be eased into the job.
Last season, we had an incredibly difficult start to the season with away games to Manchester City and Liverpool very early on but this year, we instead play each of the newly promoted sides in a fixture list that will convince David Moyes his conspiracy theory was correct.
Our most difficult run of fixtures comes right at the end of the season. We play Tottenham Hotspur (H), Liverpool (A), Manchester City (H), Chelsea (A) and Everton (A) within the space of a just over a month starting from 21 March.
That should play to Van Gaal’s advantage as well because by that time, he’ll be fully settled into the position and if United live up to their traditional promise of playing much better after the January break, then those games all come at the right time.