Manchester United are coming off an impressive win against Crystal Palace. The Red Devils thrashed their opponents to the tune of a 4-0 score, meaning they will go into the international break with the morale quite high. After seven games, United sit at the top of the Premier League standings alongside Manchester City with 19 points.
There is no question the team got off to a great start. However, the team can’t get complacent. October will be a tough month for The Red Devils, with pivotal fixtures on both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Breaking Down The Fixtures
This is how the October schedule looks for Manchester United:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 1, 2017
Yes, that is tough. After the international break, United will travel to Anfield Road to take on Liverpool, and later they will head to Portugal to visit a struggling Benfica side. The games against Huddersfield Town and Swansea City – both away – could be easier, but the final days of October will be even tougher. After a string of four consecutive games on the road, Jose Mourinho’s men will return to Old Trafford for two tough games against Tottenham Hotspur and Benfica.
All signs indicate this might be a make-or-break month for United. The rivalry games against Liverpool are always special, and Tottenham are one of the top teams in the Premier League over the past years as well. As if that wasn’t enough, the two games against Benfica could potentially allow United to clinch a berth in the tournament’s next round.
The two games against Huddersfield and Swansea might allow Mourinho to rotate the side. But the team would make a huge mistake if they get over-confident against two “lower” opponents. In fact, United must make sure they can get wins against both opponents in order to give themselves some breathing room going forward.
Fans Should Not Panic, Though
Let’s be clear on something. The season will not end in October, and there will be enough time to turn things around if the results are not there. But at the same time,this month could make or break United’s campaign going forward. Especially considering the opponents and what is at stake for the club.
United must maintain the form they have shown until this week. If they keep playing like this, there is no question they will remain in contention across all competitions once October comes to an end.