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While Manchester United and Leeds stars will be cheered on by thousands at Old Trafford today following the return of fans – the loudest support will come from their player's partners.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to seal a perfect start to the new campaign with all three points – and their biggest stars will have the support of their nearest and dearest.
Many players from both sides have regularly shared updates of their family life during the summer break, with David de Gea recently welcoming his first child.
Daily Star Sport have taken a look at three partners from each camp, with England team-mates Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips among those in long-term relationships.
Harry Maguire's partner Fern Hawkins has watched him go from Hull City hopeful to Manchester United captain and England stalwart over the course of their 10-year relationship.
Having become engaged ahead of his 2018 World Cup breakthrough, the couple welcomed their first child in April of 2019 with Lillie Saint Maguire – who was joined by second daughter Piper Rose in May.
During their short holiday between Euro 2020 and the new Premier League season, Fern captioned a photograph of the pair on Instagram: "The best day with you."
David de Gea was allowed a break by Solskjaer at United last season, with Dean Henderson stepping into the fold during the final few months of the campaign.
The Spaniard had been spending time with long-term partner Edurne as their first child arrived in March.
Edurne is a singer, actress, and television presenter in their native country, and represented them at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015 – she has even judged on Spain's Got Talent.
Maja Nilsson Lindelof
United defender Victor Lindelof announced his engagement to long-time girlfriend Maja Nilsson following his move from Benfica to Old Trafford back in 2017.
Following marriage in May of 2018 in their native Sweden, their first child was born in 2019, and their second one is on the way.
Maja is the founder of designers Lis Bonne Atelier, and regularly updates her 233,000 Instagram followers of her life with Victor in England.
Earlier this week, Kalvin Phillips' girlfriend Ashleigh Behan spoke about her reaction to the news of his England call-up for Euro 2020 earlier this summer.
She told The Sun that she screamed in Aldi after hearing the good news while collecting some shopping, with her partner going on to shine at the tournament.
Ashleigh recently revealed on her instagram story: "We went to school together.
"I literally have the most embarrassing pics of us together from like year nine onwards."
Back in 2021, Luke Ayling married wife Poppy and had singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding at the ceremony.
The English right-back and his partner had already welcomed a daughter in 2017, with Poppy posting an image of Luke playing for Yeovil way back in 2015 – a year after he joined Bristol City.
She captioned their wedding picture last year: Mr & Mrs Ayling. 09.06.21 I Love you…."
English model and Instagram personality Michaela Ireland posted her first selfie with Patrick Bamford back in August of 2019, with the latest one coming on holiday last year.
Between those uploads there has been celebratory posts for his promotion to the Premier League with Leeds, and also holiday snaps with some of his team-mates and their wives.
She wrote of Bamford last July: "This morning I woke up with the biggest smile ever across my face, words can’t even begin to explain how proud I am.
"There wasn’t a moment that had passed by in which I didn’t have every single ounce of faith within this man right here, and just look where they are now. You did it."
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