The fixture lists for the coming football season were announced on Wednesday morning. Louis van Gaal will enjoy a home advantage in his first game as Manchester United manager, facing Swansea City at Old Trafford. It's a repeat of David Moyes' first game in charge, albeit in Manchester instead of Wales.

United then have a fairly easy opening run, with trips to Sunderland, Burnley, and Queens Park Rangers.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will kick off their Premier League title defence with a trip up to Newcastle on August 16. Manuel Pellegrini's men will then host Liverpool and Stoke, before facing a challenging away trip to Arsenal.

The fixture computer has been fairly kind to both teams for the run-in at the end of the season, though. City's final four games see them up against Tottenham (away), QPR (home), Swansea (away) and Southampton (home).

United have a slightly tougher final month, with a home game against Arsenal standing out amongst games versus West Brom (home), Crystal Palace (away) and Hull (away).

The first Manchester derby is scheduled for November 1 at the Etihad, with the reverse penned in for April 11.

Greater Manchester's Football League teams have also found out who they'll kick off against in the new term. Bolton will start their Championship campaign with a trip to Watford, whilst Oldham are away at Colchester.