Match of the Day

Match of the Day




Gary Lineker is back, after rounding up the Commonwealth Games and before that the World Cup. They do keep him busy, don’t they? Premier League newcomers Leicester begin their campaign against Everton while QPR play Hull, but top billing will probably go to either Arsenal or Manchester United, who play Crystal Palace and Swansea City respectively.

Manager Louis van Gaal begins his reign of Orange at the home of the Red Devils – it’s no wonder that fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie is pleased, but the surprise has been how well Wayne Rooney has taken to van Gaal’s disciplinarian approach. Is Rooney finally ready to pull on the captain’s armband?


Gary Lineker presents highlights of the opening Premier League matches of the season, including Manchester United v Swansea City at Old Trafford and Arsenal v Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. United were looking for a positive start under new manager Louis van Gaal and beat the Swans in their opening match last term, while the Gunners were aiming to justify Arsene Wenger's investment in the summer with a win over the Eagles. Plus, action from Leicester City v Everton, Queens Park Rangers v Hull City, Stoke City v Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland and West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur. With analysis by Ruud Gullit and Alan Shearer.