On Monday morning the full fixture list for the Premier League was announced. Sir Alex Ferguson is still chasing his 13th Premier League title after the most dramatic ends to a season that has ever occurred when Sergio Aguero struck that 95th minute winner to send United crashing back down to second place.

There will be no doubting United’s title credentials after signing Japanese midfielder in Shinji Kagawa from Dortmund and Crewe’s young starlet in Nick Powell they will bolster their side further in the lead up to the new season.

Ferguson starts the rebuilding of his side with their opening fixture at Goodison Park to face David Moyes’ Everton. That won’t be a mean feat to get past Everton on the opening day neither will entertaining Martin Jol’s Fulham in the subsequent match.

In September, United face their first real tests after a trip to newly promoted Southampton at St. Mary’s and a tie at home to Wigan who stayed up via the skin of their teeth last season. However, as is the usual September tradition nowadays, Fergie’s men take a trip to Anfield before Tottenham head up north to face United to close out September.

This crucial run continues as a trip to last season’s surprise package, Newcastle – a ground where United were thrashed 3-0 last season – will be followed up by a home clash against Stoke.

There fixture engineers have given United no favours as a trip to Stamford Bridge which involved that pulsating 3-3 draw in January will be followed by another crucial clash which pits arch nemesis, Ferguson against Wenger at Old Trafford.

Wenger will be out to re-claim some pride after that 8-2 demolition last August but will give United a stern test, no doubt about it. Trips to Villa Park and Carrow Road are never easy, as Norwich proved last season as United looked to an old hand of Ryan Giggs to net a stoppage time winner.

Home clashes against London sides in QPR and West Ham followed by a trip to the Madejski Stadium is all just pretence or preparation before the biggest match of the season as United will go the battle ground where they ultimately lost the title on April 30th as the Manchester derby takes place on the 8th of December.

It is key, during the Christmas packed period, for United to rattle through some easier games and in particular, at home. Sunderland will be welcomed before a trip to Wales is in order before the return fixture at home to Newcastle on Boxing Day. Blackburn proved last season that nothing is guaranteed especially over Christmas.

Both West Brom and Wigan will be thrown at the 19-time champions as the year ticks over to 2013 but not before the crucial double header as Liverpool come to Old Trafford and a trip to North London to face Tottenham will hopefully be sandwiched in between League Cup and FA Cup ties.

Southampton will close out United’s tough January before, if you can call it a breather, for February when Fulham, Everton and QPR will be tackled before United can push onto March as they looked forward to the business end of the season.

Norwich will travel to United to open up March before the newly promoted pairing of West Ham and Reading will be United’s opposition before a trip to the North-East to face Sunderland.

The fixtures come thick and fast as the Manchester derby opens up April and many will already have this scheduled in their calendar as a reminder of importance and perhaps a match that will ultimately settle the title.

Aston Villa at home will follow an always difficult trip to the Britannia Stadium and if United are still participating in the Champions League at this stage, a quarter final would be sandwiched in between a trip to the Britannia, almost magnifying the difficulty.

A trip to Arsenal on the same weekend that United lost the title in that 1-0 loss at the Etihad last season will be equally crucial as the follow up home match as May is born, Chelsea will be welcomed without their Champions League winner in  Didier Drogba. Drogba signed for Shanghai Shenhua, who United will face in pre-season, so we definitely haven’t seen the back of him.

Having seen off the hardest tests, United could wrap up a Premier League title at home on the penultimate weekend for only the fourth time in Premier League history when Swansea travel to Old Trafford which is followed by a trip to the Hawthorns to close out the season.

United’s full Premier League fixture list

18.08 – Everton v. UNITED

25.08 – UNITED v. Fulham

 

01.09 – Southampton v. UNITED

15.09 – UNITED v. Wigan

22.09 – Liverpool v. UNITED

29.09 – UNITED v. Tottenham

 

06.10 – Newcastle v. UNITED

20.10 – UNITED v. Stoke

27.10 – Chelsea v. UNITED

 

03.11 – UNITED v. Arsenal

10.11 – Aston Villa v. UNITED

17.11 – Norwich v. UNITED

24.11 – UNITED v. QPR

27.11 – UNITED v. West Ham

 

01.12 – Reading v. UNITED

08.12 – Man City v. UNITED

15.12 – UNITED v. Sunderland

22.12 – Swansea v. UNITED

26.12 – UNITED v. Newcastle

29.12 – UNITED v. West Brom

 

01.01 – Wigan v. UNITED

12.01 – UNITED v. Liverpool

19.01 – Tottenham v. UNITED

29.01 – UNITED v. Southampton

 

02.02 – Fulham v. UNITED

09.02 – UNITED v. Everton

23.02 – QPR v. UNITED

 

02.03 – UNITED v. Norwich

09.03 – West Ham v. UNITED

16.03 – UNITED v. Reading

30.03 – Sunderland v. UNITED

 

06.04 – UNITED v. Man City

13.04 – Stoke v. UNITED

20.04 – UNITED v. Aston Villa

27.04 – Arsenal v. UNITED

 

04.05 – UNITED v. Chelsea

12.05 – UNITED v. Swansea

19.05 – West Brom v. UNITED