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Premier League Openers – How Man United fared in the past

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Manchester United‘s opening fixture in the 2022/23 Premier League season will be against Brighton & Hove Albion, at Old Trafford on Sunday 7 August.

The Reds have a fine record when it comes to getting off to a flying start, winning two-thirds of the games, including a couple of high-scoring wins in two of the previous three campaigns, when beating Chelsea (4-0) and Leeds United (5-1) at Old Trafford.

Here, we look back at all of our opening matches in the 30 Premier League seasons so far, as we look forward to kicking off the new campaign.

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1992-1998

Things did not begin well for Alex Ferguson’s side at the advent of the Premier League in 1992. Brian Deane scored the opening goal of the new competition to hand Sheffield United the lead at Bramall Lane and, despite Mark Hughes finding the net, the Blades won 2-1. Thankfully, after a slow start, Ferguson’s men went on to win the title.

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Brian Deane, pictured battling with Clayton Blackmore, scored the first Premier League goal against us in 1992.

Kicking off a new campaign as champions for the first time since 1968, United earned a 2-0 triumph at Norwich City in 1993 with youngster Ryan Giggs and old campaigner Bryan Robson doing the damage. Giggs would, of course, go on to have a long career himself – he bagged a late winner at the same ground, Carrow Road, over 19 years later in February 2012.

A maiden home opener of the new division came in 1994, as Hughes again scored, along with Brian McClair, to register a 2-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford. Defeat came the year after, as David Beckham netted in a 3-1 reverse at Aston Villa to prompt BBC pundit Alan Hansen’s comment that “you never win anything with kids”. Of course, come the end of that 1995/96 season, United clinched the Double with a win at Wembley against Hansen’s former club Liverpool.One of those stellar kids, Beckham, was at it again in 1996, taking another leap towards superstardom with his spectacular goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. The midfielder only came on as a substitute at Tottenham a year later, in a 2-0 win, before hitting the headlines once again in the Treble term of 1998/99 with a glorious late free-kick equaliser against Leicester City.

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