Fergie won't be happy when he sees the Premier League fixture list
Premier League chiefs can expect yet another verbal hammering from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson when he casts his eye over the fixture list for next season.
Although there can’t actually be too much injustice when every club has to play each other twice over the course of 38 games, that doesn’t stop Premier League managers whining that they didn’t get a fair crack of the whip and we reckon Fergie won’t be a happy camper when he sees Manchester United’s schedule for next season.
We’re only guessing of course, and there is absolutely no every chance Fergie will look at the list magnanimously, but he could have a gripe with the fact that Manchester United will play away from home after five of their six Champions League group games.
Those five games ain’t exactly bankers either as the Red Devils will have to play bitter rivals Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Aston Villa immediately after their Champions League group fixtures.
In contrast, champions Manchester City have only one league game away from home after a Champions League tie, as do reigning Champions League winners Chelsea, while Arsenal have been dealt a slightly tougher hand with three away fixtures immediately after their involvement in the competition.
Still, Fergie can have little to complain about as last season, for instance, United were at home after every Champions League group game, while Man City had to play away from home after every single game. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
To have a look at how the fixtures fall for your team, you can have a look at the list in full here but some big games to look out for in the early stages include the meeting of Manchester United and Liverpool on September 22, the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea a week later on September 29, Chelsea’s meeting with the champions on November 24 and the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on December 8.