Merry Christmas, everyone! Manchester United will be back in action very soon and we will be eagerly waiting. After a really good debut from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout, the Devils are truly entering the festive run of matches. These clashes will be coming thick and fast and a series of wins in that time could truly get the team back in contention for the Champions League.
With eight points behind the fourth and fifth in the league, that is still far ahead of Man United. However, bigger surprises were happening in Premier League before. Let’s see what matches are ahead for Man United in this period.
Man United v Huddersfield Town
The first match in this run of four matches during 10 days will be against Huddersfield. The Devils will finish their first half of the season with the match against Terriers and it seems as they are arriving at Old Trafford just in time. Huddersfield are one of the worst sides in the league this year and they seem to be one of the favourites to go down and return to Championship.
Huddersfield have won just 10 points from 18 matches they have played and have won only twice in that period. David Wagner’s side has conceded 31 goals – there are four teams worse than the in that regard – but have scored just 11. That is why United must continue winning – this side had troubles scoring against every team in the league.
Man United v Bournemouth
Next up will be Bournemouth, again in Manchester. That match will come four days later and United will want to make it a more straightforward affair than last time these two sides met. Man United did win 2-1, but it was only after a late Marcus Rashford goal, clawing their way back after going behind early on.
It will be of huge importance to neutralize the quartet of Eddie Howe’s team – Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks and Joshua King have all enjoyed great spells this season, but Old Trafford must become a fortress once again. Win these two matches and the gap between the Devils and their rivals should be smaller.
Newcastle v Man United
The run of Premier League matches will end on the second day of the New Year. Man United will travel to Newcastle who have been improving in the past month and a half. That led to the Magpies getting to five points above the relegation zone and some breathing space. Still, against Fulham, the worst defence in the league, they did not manage to score a goal – which was the first clean-sheet for the Cottagers. Newcastle simply struggle up front and that is a great chance for United.
After all, all three league matches are truly winnable and possible nine (or seven) points would make the prospects of Champions League football next season all the more realistic.
Man United v Reading (FA Cup)
And then there is the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Man United will play Championship side Reading and should look to avoid another “Derby scenario” from League Cup. Younger players should get some chance here, but nevertheless, this is a must-win match.