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The 2012-13 champions have been handed a very difficult opening set of matches, but will be heartened by a gentle run-in which keeps them away from their title rivals

David Moyes faces a tricky start to life as Manchester United boss, with three games against the club's biggest rivals in their opening five matches.

The 2012-13 Premier League champions kick off their title defence against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, and then host Jose Mourinho's Chelsea a week later, before travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool.

A home game against Wilfried Zaha's former club, Crystal Palace, follows, before another away game, this time at the Etihad Stadium.

Their run-in appears to be slightly kinder, however: United will not face a traditional title rival after entertaining Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 15.

MANCHESTER UNITED
AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER
17: Swansea (A)
24: Chelsea (H)

31: Liverpool (A)
14: Palace (H)
21: Man City (A)
28: West Brom (H)

5: Sunderland (A)
19: Southampton (H)
26: Stoke City (H)
2: Fulham (A)
9: Arsenal (H)
23: Cardiff City (A)
30: Tottenham (A)
3: Everton (H)
7: Newcastle (H)
14: Aston Villa (A)
21: West Ham (H)
26: Hull City (A)
28: Norwich (A)
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
1: Tottenham (H)
11: Swansea (H)
18: Chelsea (A)
28: Cardiff City (H)
1: Stoke City (A)
8: Fulham (H)
11: Arsenal (A)
22: Palace (A)

1: Man City (H)
8: West Brom (A)
15: Liverpool (H)
22: West Ham (A)
29: Aston Villa (H)
5: Newcastle (A)
12: Hull City (H)
19: Everton (A)
26: Norwich (H)

3: Sunderland (H)
11: Southampton (A)

*fixtures subject to change

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