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Match Preview | Manchester United vs Luton Town

Old Trafford is the next location in Luton Town’s Premier League journey as we visit 20-time league winners Manchester United on Saturday.


Rob Edwards’ Hatters were minutes away from a shock victory against six-time European champions Liverpool last weekend before settling for a point at Kenilworth Road.

Erik Ten Hag’s United have stumbled after their late win at Fulham last week with defeat to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The opposition

Ten Hag picked up the Red Devils in summer 2022 after Ralf Rangnick had left the club in sixth place and 13 points outside of the top four at the end of the 2021/22 season.

With Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial departure a few months after Ten Hag’s arrival, United seemed to have gradually improved under the Dutchman until this season.

United currently sit in eighth place after 11 games and have lost five home games so far, which is the highest amount of home defeats after 10 games in all competitions since 1930/31.

This fixture will be Ten Hag’s 50th Premier League game in charge, while Marcus Rashford will make his 250th Premier League appearance if selected.

This is our first league meeting with United since April 1992, which was a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road.

Words from Rob

“The pressure is on any opposition whenever they play us this season, but at the moment the pressure is certainly on United.

“They are at home, they’ll be expected to beat us so that probably plays into our favour. Performances have been good for us, we can take a lot of confidence from last week.

“We want to compete with United and put in a really good performance, we’re going to need to do the basics well, we’ll have to defend well and run really hard, all the stuff that we did last week. We want to attack the game in the moments when we can.

“We are really looking forward to it, but we want to go into the international break off of another positive performance this Saturday.”

Watch Rob's full press conference ahead of our trip to Manchester United...

Last meeting

Championship Luton Town fell to defeat against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United in the Carabao Cup at Kenilworth Road in September 2020.

Last time out

The Hatters were three minutes away from securing their first home Premier League win of the season before conceding late in the draw against Liverpool on Super Sunday last weekend.

Tahith Chong’s brilliant counterattacking goal looked like it was going to be the winner before Luis Diaz headed in the Reds’ equaliser in stoppage time.

Team news

Chieo Ogbene will be available for selection after coming off with a tight hamstring against Liverpool last weekend, Edwards has confirmed.

Jordan Clark has continued to train with the team following his inclusion in the matchday squad for the first time this season last Sunday.

Cauley Woodrow picked up a calf injury in training so will be unavailable, alongside Dan Potts, Mads Andersen, Sambi Lokonga, Reece Burke, Luke Berry and Amari’i Bell.


The referee for our fixture against Manchester United will be Graham Scott.

35 yellow cards and one red card have been handed out by Scott across his seven games this season.

Luton Town last had a game ran by Scott when we beat Middlesbrough at Kenilworth Road in April.

Referee: Graham Scott

Assistant Referees: Neil Davies & Edward Smart

Fourth Official: Darren England

VAR: Robert Jones

AVAR: Simon Long

Fan information

Ahead of Saturday's fixture at Old Trafford the Club wishes to emphasise its commitment to ensuring that watching Luton Town matches is a safe and welcoming experience.

Last season the football authorities launched the Love Football. Protect the Game campaign – aimed at stamping out unnecessary and unsavoury behaviour at football grounds up and down the country.

At the start of this season, a new pillar of the campaign was introduced, focusing on the presence of football tragedy abuse, with regulations put into place to hold those who commit such offences accountable. Essentially this means anyone who is found guilty of offensive chanting, gesturing or displaying messages based on football-related tragedies will face stadium bans and potential criminal prosecution. It is illegal.

Saturday is Remembrance Day, and therefore Manchester United’s turn to honour and remember those connected to the club that they have lost. United are still in mourning over the loss of one of the greats of the English game, Sir Bobby Charlton, whose funeral takes place on Monday.

We stand and support Manchester United in their grief, and know that – in what will be the most-watched Luton Town league game ever – our supporters will continue to represent the Club in a positive manner.

Bring the noise from the away end. We know you will. But don’t overstep the mark.

Love Football. Protect the Game.

Love Luton. Protect our Name.

See you at Old Trafford.

Additional information

Click here for the visiting supporters' guide provided by Manchester United.

The Salford Quays Lime bar is exclusively for Luton Town fans near Old Trafford this weekend.

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