Silvestre says United have to target top three spot after 2022/23 fixture release

Manchester United now know the order of their fixtures for the 2022/23 campaign, Erik ten Hag’s first in charge of the club.

The season will start at home to Brighton, before facing Liverpool at Old Trafford just three games into the season.

In truth, by the end of last season, United were making every fixture look very hard, no matter the opponent, especially away from home.

Ten Hag’s first task is to get United playing like a side who look like they can beat teams with a clear plan, and of course we all hope there will be some new faces before that Brighton clash.

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Silvestre reacts to Manchester United fixtures for 2022/23

Former United defender Mikael Silvestre was on Sky Sports News, reacting to the fixture announcement.

He said: “It’s a gentle start. I’m quite happy with the opening fixtures, but you can’t afford to make mistakes to begin with.

“If you want to make a statement to show a different side, different attitude, this (Liverpool match) is the game where you want to shine as a manager as a team, it will be important for ten Hag to have everybody onside with him. It will be a new dynamic, a fresh start.”

After hearing the fixture announcement, the Frenchman also set out his target for ten Hag’s first campaign: “To finish top three. You have to be on the podium. You have to aim for the top spot. I know its not realistic but you have to aim high, and put it in your head.”

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United have also been linked with midfielders Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen, but negotiations have dragged on, especially over the Dutchman.

So far this summer, familiar problems with United speed and ability in the transfer market have surfaced, while Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham have made major signings.

On that, Silvestre added: “They are wonderful players. De Jong has been great since his start at Ajax. For Eriksen, it is an unbelievable story what he’s done since coming back for Brentford.

“It’s about getting the deals done, that’s another matter.”

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.