August 13 is the opening match and an away match versus West Brom is not so daunting and a great way to set the tone of the season with a victory!
Their next nine fixtures will be against Spurs, Arsenal, Bolton, Chelsea, Stoke, Norwich, Liverpool, Manchester City & Everton.
The matches versus Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and City are all at Old Trafford.
So, in their first ten matches, Manchester will play the 6 nearest rivals from last season's title campaign. All other teams, not counting the recently promoted sides which are unlikely to challenge for the title, were more than 30 points off the pace last season.
Yes, after ten matches, there will still be 28 remaining fixtures, but those first ten seem to be set down as a challenge for Manchester United at the best time of the year i.e. before European nights and F.A. Cup matches become a part of the mix.
Will they be on top after ten matches?
Last season saw Manchester United finish on 80 points followed by Chelsea (71) Manchester City (71) Arsenal (68) Tottenham Hotspur (62) Liverpool (58) & Everton (54). The promise of another highly competitive season looms large!
Results so far have placed Manchester United at the top of the EPL on goal difference. Here are the scores in the league courtesy of ESPN Soccernet!
7: 10/01/ 2-0 Victory over Norwich with Anderson and Danny Welbeck scoring, keeps MU in 1st place on points!
8: Next up was Liverpool away at Anfield after the International Break & Steven Gerrard should see some playing time. This result kept Manchester United undefeated start to the season intact as Chicharito's late leveler off-set Stevie G's free Kick. Manchester City walloped Villa 4-1 to move ahead of United in the standings for the first time this season, which makes the Derby match even more pivotal, after their European travels in the week.
9: The match against Manchester City is at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 23rd and a draw is simply not good enough as that result could see the Red Devils fall into 3rd place should Chelsea get the maximum 3points vs. QPR. Well, Manchester City just CRUSHED United 6-1 and left no doubt that the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen will have to find their goal scoring form or ship out in the Winter transfer window. While Jonny Evans was sent off, the result showed that Man City is a team tremendous firepower and depth that has integrated all their new signings and able to do very well with or without Carlos Tevez. Manchester United will likely fall to 3rd in the table and they have a whopping 12 goal deficit to make up over the course of the season, should they equal City on points in the future.
10. The match against Everton will not come soon enough for Sir Alex! Chicharito scored the only goal of the Match as United beat Everton and record 23 out a possible 30 points to start the season. Manchester City are being held by Wolves but there is a lot of time left in that match today.