Manchester United given tough run-in as Premier League fixtures announced

Jose Mourinho's first season in charge is accompanied by a relatively tough run-in, but that won't stop the excitement for United fans regarding their new manager.

Manchester United given tough run-in as Premier League fixtures announced
The FA Cup winners face Bournemouth in their first Premier League fixture | Photo: Paul GIlham/Getty Images Sport

Success for Jose Mourinho in his first season as Manchester United manager will prove more difficult after the Reds were handed a tough run-in in the Premier League for the 2016/16 season.

United face AFC Bournemouth in their opening game, set to be played on Saturday, August 13th, just days after United play in the FA Community Shield at Wembley against champions Leicester City, who play promoted Hull City  in their first game in the defence of their title. United finish the season against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Mourinho returns to his old club Chelsea on the weekend of October 22nd which will be a big clash, despite both teams not being in the UEFA Champions League this season.

United start Premier League season with Bournemouth away

The full fixture list for next season was released on Thursday morning and United will be dreading the October-December period where they face Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in quick succession, integrated with games against BurnleySwansea City and Crystal Palace.

United and Leicester face again in the Community Shield, the season's traditional curtain raiser | Photo: Oli Scarff/AFO
United and Leicester face again in the Community Shield, the season's traditional curtain-raiser | Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP

A fixture list can often be overly agonised over but it certainly does play a part in a team's success, particularly during the busy festive period. 

For match-going Reds, the big games are always Liverpool and Manchester City. United travel down the M6 to Anfield on October 15th while they host their bitter rivals in mid-January. They'll play City, having met during pre-season in China, in early September and late February.

Ties against the two North London clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, come quickly after one other with the former on November 19th and the latter on December 10th before the second fixtures succeeding each other, Arsenal first, at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, former-United players Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce come to Old Trafford with their Stoke City and Hull City sides in October and January. respectively.

Full fixture list


13th: Bournemouth (a)

20th: Southampton (h)

27th: Hull City (a)


10th: Manchester City (h)

17th: Watford (a)

24th: Leicester City (h)


1st: Stoke City (h)

15th: Liverpool (a)

22nd: Chelsea (a)

29th: Burnley (h)


5th: Swansea City (a)

19th: Arsenal (h)

26th: West Ham United (h)


3rd: Everton (a)

10th: Tottenham Hotspur (h)

13th: Crystal Palace (a)

17th: West Bromwich Albion (a)

26th: Sunderland (h)

31st: Middlesbrough (h)


2nd: West Ham United (a)

14th: Liverpool (h)

21st: Stoke City (a)

31st: Hull City (h)


4th: Leicester City (a)

11th: Watford (h)

25th: Manchester City (a)


4th: Bournemouth (h)

11th: Southampton (a)

18th: Middlesbrough (a)


1st: West Bromwich Albion (h)

4th: Everton (h)

8th: Sunderland (a)

15th: Chelsea (h)

22nd: Burnley (a)

29th: Swansea City (h)


6th: Arsenal (a)

13th: Tottenham Hotspur (a)

21st: Crystal Palace (h)