Manchester United’s opening 10 weeks are not something neutrals will turn their noses up at. Their opening set of fixtures include home and away ties against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Last season was Louis van Gaal’s first in charge and the club started with Swansea City, Sunderland and Burnley earning just two points, yet it was reported as being an easier beginning than David Moyes had a year earlier.
Then, in the run-in United had Tottenham, Liverpool and Man City and picked up nine points, so there’s little point worrying as a fan when these fixtures are released other than organising your trips to new grounds and preparing your vocal cords.
The run-in could perhaps be considered easier but that entirely depends on who is fighting for their lives in May.
The biggest ties each year, against Liverpool, are at home on September 12 and away on January 16.
Manchester United's 2015-16 fixtures, confirmed on the club website:
August 8: Tottenham Hotspur (H)
August 15: Aston Villa (A)
August 22: Newcastle United (H)
August 29: Swansea City (A)
September 12: Liverpool (H)
September 19: Southampton (A)
September 26: Sunderland (H)
October 3: Arsenal (A)
October 17: Everton (A)
October 24: Manchester City (H)
October 31: Crystal Palace (A)
November 7: West Bromwich Albion (H)
November 21: Watford (A)
November 28: Leicester City (A)
December05: West Ham United (H)
December 12: Bournemouth (A)
December 19: Norwich City (H)
December 26: Stoke City (A)
December 28: Chelsea (H)
January 2: Swansea City (H)
January 13: Newcastle United (A)
January 16: Liverpool (A)
January 23: Southampton (H)
February 2: Stoke City (H)
February 6: Chelsea (A)
February 13: Sunderland (A)
February 27: Arsenal (H)
March 1: Watford (H)
March 5: West Bromwich Albion (A)
March 12: Crystal Palace (H)
March 19: Manchester City (A)
April 2: Everton (H)
April 9: Tottenham Hotspur (A)
April 16: Aston Villa (H)
April 23: West Ham United (A)
April 30: Leicester City (H)
May 7: Norwich City (A)
May 15: Bournemouth (H)
Now that Louis van Gaal and the club know what to expect when the 2015/16 season begins they can prepare by securing signings that will strengthen the side.