Manchester United’s schedule for the 2021/22 Premier League season has now been confirmed.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t complain too much about the hand he was given at the start of the season.

First there is a crunch fight against fierce enemies Leeds at Old Trafford before heading to Southampton and Wolves.

In September, United welcomed Newcastle and Aston Villa, both sides of a visit to the London stadium to face West Ham.

After a bad start to the 2020/21 season, United has to get off a plane this time. But how many points will we get from our first six games?

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United’s first six Premier League games are predicted:

Leeds (H)

United beat Leeds 6-2 at Old Trafford last December, but Marcelo Bielsa’s side got stronger at the turn of the year.

The atmosphere at Old Trafford should be electrifying and we hope we can’t stand football behind closed doors this season.

Leeds will be ready but United have the pace and quality to open them.

Prediction: 3-1 for United

Southampton (A)

United needed an escape attempt to win 3-2 at St. Mary’s in November and are hoping for a quieter afternoon here.

Obviously it won’t be as one-sided as the 9-0 hammering at Old Trafford in February, but Solskjaer should oversee another win here.

Prediction: 2-1 for United

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Wolves (A)

United’s clashes with Wolves are always tough and there is usually no more than one goal between the teams.

The line-up will look very different from United’s last visit to Molineux – on the last day of last season – and of course the Wolves have a new man in the dugout, Bruno Lage.

Prediction: 1-0 for United

Newcastle (H)

United managed the double against Newcastle last season, scoring seven goals.

Steve Bruce’s squad can pose a threat during the break, but it’s games like this that United must play with ease to start a title challenge.

Prediction: 3-1 for United

West ham (A)

United had some tough fights with the Hammers last season and David Moyes will be hoping to add to his squad this summer.

Of course, United would have more chances of winning if Declan Rice signed before this game – and Jesse Lingard could be in Bordeaux and Blue by then.

Prediction: 1-1

Aston Villa (H)

Much depends on United’s ability to keep Jack Grealish calm on this one.

Do that and it should be another home win. Easier said than done, however, and Emi Buendia will add another threat to her attack.

United won against Villa twice last season and are expected to repeat the trick in 2021/22.

Prediction: 2-1 for United

16 points out of 18

Five wins and one draw from their first six games would be a flying start, which shows United are serious about it.

If you look at the fixtures on paper, United should be able to do that. You are dealing with good sides, but not with the country’s elite.

United have to set a strong pace if they want to be in the title fight and the first few weeks of the season will give us some clues as to whether that will be the case.

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