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Mourinho meets Guardiola on September 10th

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Jose Mourinho will begin life as Manchester United manager in the Premier League on the south coast at Bournemouth.

The new season's fixtures which were announced on Wednesday morning saw Mourinho's United given a trip to face Eddie Howe's men on the weekend of August 13.

But that is far from the most eye-catching fixture on a first day of a new season that has several sub-plots.

A block-busting opener between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates catches the eye, while champions Leicester start at promoted Hull.

New Manchester City boss and an old adversary of Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, will have his first taste of English football at home to Sunderland.

In a tasty-looking London derby Antonio Conte's first assignment as Chelsea manager is a home game with West Ham.

Two former Southampton bosses go head-to-head at Goodison as new Everton manager Ronald Koeman plays host to Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, while new boys Burnley are at home to Swansea and Middlesbrough welcome Stoke to the Riverside.

Finally on the opening day, Southampton - now looking to replace Koeman - are at home to Watford and Crystal Palace at home to West Brom.

It is a show-stopping opening weekend in the Premier League and the anticipation drips into subsequent weekends, with the second round of games pitting last season's first against second against each other as Leicester host Arsenal.

But although Leicester are worthy champions, plenty of fans will be heading straight for Manchester United's fixtures to see when Mourinho will come up against not only Guardiola but his old club Chelsea.

Mourinho and the Blues were synonymous with each other for a number of years as he won three Premier League titles at the Bridge, but after they sacked him for a second time in December, he decided it was time to manage another English club.

He will return to Chelsea on October 22, with Chelsea in Manchester on April 15, while he and Guardiola will meet on September 10 (Old Trafford) and February 25 (Etihad).

Other notable derby games put Everton and Liverpool against each other on December 17 (Goodison) and April 1 (Anfield), with Arsenal and Tottenham meeting on November 5 (Emirates) and April 29 (White Hart Lane).

The festive period sees games on Boxing Day and New Year's Eve, with Guardiola spending his first Christmas Day in England preparing for a December 26 clash at Hull.

Liverpool host Manchester City in a fine-looking game to see out 2016, while on the same day Mourinho will take on his former assistant in the shape of Aitor Karanka and his Middlesbrough side.

The season runs through to May 21 with reigning champions Leicester closing against Bournemouth, Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Watford.

Arsenal will hope there is something riding on theirs closer at home to Everton, as will Chelsea at home to Sunderland while Spurs finish things off at Hull.

Elsewhere on the last day, Burnley face West Ham, Liverpool play Middlesbrough, Southampton host Stoke and Swansea take on West Brom.

Gerrard makes Liverpool return during Galaxy off season

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Steven Gerrard has confirmed he will train with former club Liverpool next week and is relishing the opportunity to work with Jurgen Klopp.

LA Galaxy midfielder Gerrard has ruled out a return to a playing role with Liverpool and is only training at Melwood during the MLS close season.

I'm going to go in for a couple of weeks and work with Mr Klopp so I'm really looking forward to that, to see what he's about and try and learn a few things from him."

– Steven Gerard said on BT Sport's Champions League coverage

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City and Liverpool confirm Raheem Sterling transfer

Manchester City and Liverpool FC have both confirmed that Raheem Sterling's transfer has been finalised.

Sterling was transferred to city for £49 million, a record signing for an English player.

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Schweinsteiger signs for Manchester United

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Germany World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old made 500 appearances for Bayern Munich and won eight Bundesliga medals, as well as earning 111 caps for his country.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible journey and I didn't take the decision to leave lightly.

Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for. I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again.

I will never forget my time at Bayern Munich and I would like to thank everyone at the club and the fans for the great memories.

– Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Skrtel charged by FA over 'stamp' on De Gea

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Martin Skrtel has been charged by The FA for violent conduct after he stamped on Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea in the 95th minute of their clash this weekend.

The incident was not seen by the referee but was caught on camera.

The panel judging the incident was unanimous in it's decision that it was a 'sending off offence' and that Skrtel should therefore be charged.

If found guilty he could face a three game ban , he has until 6pm on 24 March 2015 to respond to the charge.

During the same game Liverpool's Steven Gerrard was sent off after being on the pitch for just 30 seconds.

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