Reserves line up Celtic friendly, rearrange league fixtures
Posted by nickogs20 on October 3, 2008
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve side will face their Celtic counterparts in November after the two clubs arranged a friendly to coincide with their vital Champions League group game at Celtic Park.
The Champions of England and Scotland are set to go head to head on Wednesday November 5, and their respective reserve sides will face each other earlier that day at an as-yet undecided venue in Glasgow (likely to be the Bhoys Barrowfield Training Ground). The two teams arranged a similar fixture back in 2006/07 when they were also drawn in the same group, albeit at U18 level (the Scots won 4-2, United’s goals coming from Danny Welbeck and Febian Brandy), while last season United arranged reserve friendlies against group opponents Sporting Lisbon and Dynamo Kyiv in a bid to provide the second string with more games against quality opposition in the wake of the scaling-down of the Premier Reserve League.
The Reds were scheduled to play Liverpool in the Premier Reserve League North a day later on November 6, but that game has now been rescheduled for January 29. One other fixture change has seen United’s trip to the Regional Athletics Arena to face Manchester City later this month put back 24 hours to avoid a clash with the home CL game with Celtic – that game will now be played on Wednesday October 22.
Lastly, Accrington Stanley have been confirmed as United’s first opponents as they seek to defend the Lancashire Senior Cup, with that game pencilled in for Monday December 15 at the Marstons Arena.