Manchester United have travelled on Monday to Dubai on their mini-trip in warm weather, ahead of the new challenges. The Reds will be recuperating in United Arab Emirates from the hectic festive period, but also train. Jose Mourinho stated it is necessary to work on some details the squad could not focus on during the previous fortnight, as Manchester United played five matches in 14 days.
As the mini-break is expected to produce many goods to United, what should we look out for from Manchester United in the remainder of January?
Manchester United Learn The Name Of FA Cup Rival
The FA Cup fourth round draw on Monday revealed the name of the next rival for Manchester United. The Devils will play against Yeovil. The match will be played between 26 January and 29 January, as the schedule is yet to be released. Yeovil are currently 89th in the English football pyramid, as they sit in 21st place in League 2. The match will be played at the Huish Park.
This means Manchester United got another kind draw this season. Previously United dispatched Derby County on Friday and the draws in the Champions League and League Cup have been good for Man United. The likes of CSKA Moscow, Basel, Benfica and Sevilla are far from Europe’s best, while draws against Swansea, Burton Albion and Bristol City in League Cup were not the toughest ones either.
A Decent Schedule Ahead
Manchester United will be playing four more matches until the end of January. First up is Stoke City next Monday, before a travel to Burnley the following weekend. Then the FA Cup match will be played, before a clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on the final day of January. This means United will have a good chance of continuing the recent form.
They won 2-0 against Everton and then Derby, while the struggling Stoke await. Win against the team sitting in the relegation zone is always expected of Manchester United and their defence has been shambolic this season. They are the worst side defensively in Europe’s top 5 leagues and Reds should exploit that. Both them and Burnley drew against United this season and it will be a good chance for Mourinho’s team to do things differently this time around. Yeovil is a very good draw for United, while Tottenham will be the biggest challenge.
Will There Be Any Transfer Activity?
At this point in time, it is hard to see it happen. Manchester United do not seem very excited about the possibility of buying player mid-term. Mourinho also said he does not believe there will be plenty of things at Old Trafford this January. That is not an unexpected turn of events. Simply, United will want to wait for the summer before making any bigger deal.
This month it is more realistic to see some players go out on loan (or be recalled). Of all mentioned possible transfers, Ryan Sessegnon seems like the most realistic one, but it is hard to predict what will happen. Fulham might want to sell him if a big offer comes in, while United could in that case loan him back to his current team for another six months. However, that is all highly speculative…