Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville is confident that Old Trafford will be able to welcome a full capacity of fans for the Premier League opener against Leeds United.

Fixtures for the 2021/22 Premier League season were revealed on Tuesday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been handed a mouthwatering tie for the opening weekend.

United welcome their historic rivals from across the Pennines to Old Trafford on the opening weekend, with the fixture provisionally set for August 14th but subject to change with an inevitable selection for TV coverage.

Having seen a number of fans return for the final home match last season, there is hope that restrictions will be removed completely for the start of the new campaign.

While the UK government announced this week a four-week delay to the removal of all restrictions, the signs are promising that July 19th, dubbed 'Freedom Day', will bring an end to what has been a horrendous 18 months.

With pilot events taking place across the summer, including at the European Championship, Neville is confident that fans, both home and away, can return for the start of the season.

"I just hope that Priti Patel and her ministers, rather than concentrating on sort of booing England players, actually allow fans back in the stadium for that game so we can actually get a proper atmosphere," he told Sky Sports.

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"It will be a fantastic game. Leeds United being back in the Premier League last season, they were an absolute joy to watch every single game. Manchester United had a good Premier League season.

"If we can get close to a full house in that particular match it will just be an incredible welcome back to fans in the stadium in terms of capacities. It's something that's much needed.

"We've seen the announcement in the last few days that they're going to be full at Ascot and full at Wimbledon, I've not got any reason to think why Old Trafford shouldn't be full for the first game of the season."