Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
This weekend marks a number of must win games for several clubs, with managers under pressure or eager to make a statement by picking up three points.
Here's why these three Premier League fixtures in particular will be important for all teams involved:
Swansea v Manchester United
Manchester United will travel to South Wales on Sunday to face Swansea. Both teams are desperate for a win. A defeat for Swansea will leave them still in the bottom three while Manchester United will be further adrift from the top four. The Swans are yet to win since the opening day of the season, United are four league games without a win.
Despite new managers for both teams, in normal circumstances they would be given more time to establish themselves at their new clubs. However, all eyes will be on both managers to see who can excel. The Swans need three points but a draw will be a good result for the Welsh side. If Jose Mourinho can't secure victory against Swansea, then further questions may start to be raised as to whether or not he is the right man for the United job.
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
The North London derby will see second place Arsenal take on fifth place Tottenham. The Gunners have started this season looking like title contenders, despite predictions that Arsenal could miss out on the top four - Arsene Wenger has so far proved all his doubters wrong once again. The Gunners are currently on a 15 game unbeaten run in all competitions. Whether or not Arsenal will be challenging for the title come April remains to be seen.
If Tottenham want to be considered as title contenders then they have to beat their rivals, Spurs are three league games without a win. Both managers will be determined not to lose, If Wenger can pull off a victory then it will certainly be a statement from the Frenchman that Arsenal are serious title contenders.
Chelsea V Everton
Chelsea and Everton both under achieved last season, with new managers both have had an impressive start. Chelsea are just one point behind league leaders Manchester City. The biggest test will be for Everton, can the Blues achieve victory at Stamford Bridge?
Everton's recent 1-1 draw with Manchester City showed that the Toffees have what it takes to match the very best. A defeat to Burnley the following week tells a different story. Can Romelu Lukaku continue his great form by scoring against his former club?
Both clubs have got points to prove, If Chelsea want to be looked at as serious title contenders and Everton want to qualify for Europe then both teams have to win.
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