Manchester United prepare for another Premier League match, after a 1-0 win against Bournemouth on Wednesday night. They will face another bottom-half team, as the Reds travel to Birmingham. West Bromwich Albion have been in poor form for some time now and United should duly exploit that.
After Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Tottenham, the gap between the Manchester rivals is now 14 points. In order to keep up with the leaders, Manchester United will need to continue beating sides from the lower ranks of the Premier League.
Mourinho already claimed that the season is not over, or ‘I would have been in Brazil now’. With City being far away from United right now, the team should only focus on the next rival.
Will Jose Mourinho Mix Things Up Again?
Manchester United will not be able to catch Man City if they think only about them. It is not only up to Mourinho’s boys and therefore all thoughts should be on the next rival. And this one is in a bit of a pickle.
West Brom currently sit in 19th place, with 14 points after 17 matches. They have scored a mere 12 goals so far, with only bottom-placed Swansea scoring less. So, it is not unlikely to see Mourinho changing things around again. Against Bournemouth Luke Shaw, Juan Mata and Scott McTominay all started and this time we could see some changes again.
Ander Herrera could be back in the team, but more importantly, Marcus Rashford could get back into the starting XI. It is not very likely to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic make a start, especially after Romelu Lukaku’s match-winning goal on Wednesday.
With Eric Bailly confirmed to be out for another two to three months and Marouane Fellaini not returning until the festive period is over, Mourinho will have to cautious. The players should be rotated as there is enough quality in this side for that. West Brom might just be the opposition for that. Also, Man United will be hosting Bristol City in the League Cup in the midweek, so the manager should keep an eye on that as well.
Manchester United Festive Period Match Calendar
With the late December and early January fixtures confirmed, Manchester United will be preparing for a proper madness. Until the end of the 2017, they will play another five matches, including West Brom, and two more in the first five days of the New Year.
After West Brom and Bristol City, Man United will go to Leicester on 23 December. After that Saturday night match, the Reds will on Tuesday afternoon host the biggest surprise of the Premier League season, Burnley. On 30 December Southampton will visit Old Trafford, while on New Year’s Day Man United will be at Goodison Park, playing against Everton. The festive football madness then ends for Manchester United on 5 January against Derby County in the FA Cup 3rd round.
Plenty of matches for Manchester United to prove their worth and increase their lead over Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and others.