Three winnable games coming up, and the big names back in the squad, United now need to build up a head of steam.
The next three fixtures provide a pretty good opportunity for Manchester United. Though they are not in the position they will have expected or wanted to be in at the start of the season, it can be rescued to build again next season.
Liverpool face off against Everton so at least one of United’s main rivals for the fourth place will drop points – whilst Tottenham face the difficult task of Manchester City.
United’s next three games are against Cardiff City, Stoke City and Fulham. The first game is against the side is bottom of the league, against Stoke they face a side they have beaten home and away already this season, and in Fulham a side they dispatched of comfortably earlier on in the campaign. These three games are games they are expected to win, without doubt.
In reality, they should be expecting nine points from three games – especially with the new record signing of Juan Mata slotting into the United team, combined with both Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney returning to training, and surely to first team action soon
But it’s not only tonight United can capitalise as in a couple of weeks’ time Liverpool face title challenging Arsenal whilst Tottenham and Everton go head-to-head at White Hart Lane, another round of fixtures where at least one of the contenders for a top four place is going to drop points.
Nine points from nine, and those rivals could all start getting a little unnerved by a resurgent Manchester United side, and United could be a confident outfit when they visit the Emirates Stadium next month.
image: © birdies-perch