Manchester United are currently in a very good moment. They are the best team from the rest of the league and have just beaten Chelsea in a big clash. Romelu Lukaku finally scored (and also assisted) in a match against a fellow top 6 side, while Jesse Lingard once again proved how much he likes those big occasions.
Now we are entering March. The season is getting closer to its peak, as two and a half months from now the season will be over. Manchester United are not going to win the league this term, but there is still plenty to be played for. Some of those crucial matches will happen in March and the team must be ready for them.
First Up – Crystal Palace
This coming Monday, Man United will travel to London to play Crystal Palace. This will be the only of the five matches United will play in March out of Manchester, as the next four will all be played at Old Trafford. Timothy Fosu-Mensah currently plays for Palace, the Dutch player will be ineligible to play against his parent club.
Roy Hodgson’s team is currently in a difficult situation. They are sitting in 17th with 27 points, level with Swansea City and Southampton and just one point ahead of 19th-placed Stoke City. However, West Ham in 13th have only three points more and this relegation battle will be bigger than ever. Without a single win in last five matches, Crystal Palace will be heavy underdogs on Monday.
Liverpool Come To Manchester
And then the big clash is next. On 10 March, Liverpool will be visiting United after a 0-0 match at Anfield and this time it probably will not be as dull. United will be more attacking than last time while Liverpool will want to usurp the second place in the standings.
That is also a reason why this match will have such importance. Liverpool will have to win if they are put themselves in a strong situation and try to finish second, as they did in 2014. However, a win for United could mean a virtually over race, as the lead would probably be five points with eight matches to play.
Non-Premier League Action
After Liverpool, United will host Sevilla three days later in the return match of the first knockout round of the Champions League. It was 0-0 in Spain last week and Man United will have to win it if they are to progress. For that to happen, Jose Mourinho’s boys will have to improve as they did not play well in Seville. However, their rivals showed how unstable they can get, as they lost 5-2 at home to Atletico Madrid, coming back with two goals after a 5-0 lead from the visitors.
Afterwards, another cup match for United awaits, as Brighton will be in town for the FA Cup quarterfinal match. It was a good draw for United once again FA Cup and they will be backed to reach the last four.
Swansea On The Last Day
On 31 March, Swansea City will be another team paying a visit to Old Trafford. They are also in relegation battle and until they come to Manchester, Swansea will already know in how difficult situation they are. By the last day of March, their troubles could be smaller, while they will play against Tottenham in FA Cup quarterfinal prior to this match.