And the international break is over. The matches between national sides will not be taking part for a month and during that time Manchester United will try to make up as much as possible for their poor start in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won just five points from the first four matches and are waiting for a league win since the opening day. Some of the players have been on international duty, some have been recuperating from their injuries, but now the new challenges lay ahead and everyone will be needed.
Here are the matches Man United will play before the October international break comes around.
Leicester And Astana At Home
First up will be a tricky match against Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers’ side will come to Old Trafford this weekend and they will want to continue their good start of the season. Leicester are one of only three undefeated teams this season – alongside Man City and Liverpool – and are sitting in third place for a reason. A youthful squad with the addition of experienced guys like Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy is a really intriguing mix.
James Maddison will definitely be one of the talking points in that match, as Man United are considering making an offer for him in one of the next two transfer windows. After that match, United will stay in Manchester, as Astana will come all the way from Kazakhstan for the Europa League opener. Man United will be big favourites to start the European campaign with a win.
Away At West Ham
After Astana, Man United will play against West Ham in London. This will be an important travel as Devils need to win, after losing there 3-1 last season. Mark Noble had a great day against United last year and Jose Mourinho’s Devils were thoroughly exposed throughout. A win should do a good job of forgetting about last season’s loss.
Hosting Rochdale and Arsenal
Man United will then start featuring in another competition. League Cup is now reaching the point when all the best Premier League sides start playing and League One’s Rochdale will have the opportunity to play at Old Trafford. Obviously, United will be favourites and after going out in the same round last season, at the hands of Derby County, a better run in the competition will be expected this time. This will also be a good opportunity to see more of the youngsters.
Arsenal next up is one of those Premier League derbies that always come early in the season. Hopefully Man United will have a couple of good wins behind them before this match comes around.
Traveling to Netherlands And North-East
And then finally, two matches away from home before another international break. AZ Alkmaar are a decent Dutch side, but one that gives too much space in behind and Man United could have a good time in that Europa League match.
After that, the club will go to Newcastle, to play against the Magpies. It will be another beatable opponent, but let’s wait and see in what kind of mood United will be by then.