Featured Matches
Previous
Vitesse Arnhem
Chelsea
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AEL
Zenit St Petersburg
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Copenhagen
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers
Lille
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Besiktas
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Steaua Bucuresti
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
SV Salzburg
3:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Zenit St Petersburg
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
FC Copenhagen
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Apoel Nicosia
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers
Lille
5:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Besiktas
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Partizan Belgrade
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Panathinaikos
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
AaB
Dinamo Zagreb
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Vitesse Arnhem
Chelsea
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chesterfield
Aston Villa
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hartlepool United
Middlesbrough
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Walsall
Leicester City
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
York City
Nottingham Forest
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Brentford
Espanyol
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bury
Blackburn Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Chester City
Tranmere Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Peterborough United
Charlton Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Yeovil Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bolton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Southend United
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
St Neots Town
Luton XI
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Toronto FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
New England
Colorado
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago
Vancouver Whitecaps
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls
ESPN2 1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Bolívar
San Lorenzo
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 5
Game Details
At. San Luis
Santos
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Toluca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Oaxaca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Dorados de Sinaloa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Puebla
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
UNAM
Atlante
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Novo Hamburgo
ABC
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
CR Vasco da Gama
AA Ponte Preta
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
Bragantino
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Internacional
Ceará
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Manchester City
Liverpool
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
César Vallejo
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
UTC
Juan Aurich
8:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Universitario de Deportes
Real Garcilaso
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Antigua
Municipal
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
FC Kansas City
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Houston Dash
Seattle Reign FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Jun 18, 2014

United need new players and fast

Manchester United's fixture list for the new season has been announced, but will Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal be joined by new players?

The Premier League fixture list was released on Wednesday and as soon as it saw sunlight, an email from Manchester United arrived imploring supporters to buy a new season ticket. Getting your hands on a season ticket was almost impossible 20 years ago, such was the never-ending waiting list. Times have changed, though, with the club keener than ever to boost their immediate cash flow. And yet they still haven't made any signings.

David Moyes could be forgiven for grimacing at successor Louis van Gaal's opening run for the new campaign, meanwhile. The first game is against Swansea (as was Moyes') and that's followed by Sunderland, Burnley and QPR. Indeed, United will face all three promoted teams in their opening five fixtures. Last year they met Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. The difference could not be starker.

On paper, the toughest looking run in the opening half of the season will see United play Chelsea, City and Arsenal in 28 days between the end of October and November. It is imperative that a better start is made in the league and they will hope to enter that run in a better position than seventh.

In order to establish themselves in the race for the title and not just the Europa League places, they will need some kind of defence. Van Gaal appears to have noticed this and a bid for Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal has been mooted.

Vermaelen's acquisition would make sense in some respects, although if you speak to Arsenal fans, they would not shed many tears if he left. Read into that what you may but ultimately, the Belgium international has a wealth of Premier League experience -- something United will require at the back. While Arsenal supporters would prefer Vermaelen not to join a rival, the fact remains he is prone to unforced errors. Those at the Emirates say this is largely because of his intermittent inclusion in the team, with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker first choice.

This is the same problem that has been encountered by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans over the past couple of seasons. With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic now gone, a settled partnership will be crucial in the opening weeks of the new campaign.

Alex Buttner says he wants to leave United.

United are desperately in need of a settled centre-back duo and it would appear that the Vermaelen pursuit will not be van Gaal's only plan for this department. Again, though, United are still to register a major signing and question marks over Ed Woodward's prospects remain. The spate of departures sees almost no end in sight, either.

Alex Buttner has also announced he will be leaving Old Trafford after the arrival of van Gaal. In a ludicrous outburst in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf during which he claimed to have been United's man of the match 14 times, he bemoaned van Gaal not picking him for the national side. Few will mourn his departure.

His attitude is in stark contrast to that of Wesley Sneijder, who has opened the door for a move to United as well this week. "Nobody from Netherlands can simply reject Van Gaal," said the 30-year-old. Sneijder has been linked with United before but his age and position are not necessarily what they currently require. Nonetheless, in a squad that has just lost several senior professionals, his pedigree may be welcome.

Van Gaal himself is enjoying a high old time at the moment. It is not often that your team trounces the reigning champions at the World Cup and the 5-1 win over Spain was an enormous boon to United fans everywhere. But he can't do two jobs at the same time.

Manchester United will be starting next season with a better run of games than they did the previous year but if they don't bolster the playing squad they could be in just as much trouble. As time wears on, it is becoming easier to sympathise with Moyes' plight.

Where are the signings?

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.