Man United’s sluggish performance against Chelsea demonstrated once again that the Red Devils are still far from Manchester City’s high standards. If United are to turn things around and be genuine contenders for the title, there are some games in particular where they’ll have to be in top form.
5. Leicester City (Away) –24 Dec 2017
Leicester City has had a poor start to this season’s Premier League. Leicester’s new coach, Claude Puel, in contrast, has started his tenure positively; having triumphed in his first home game against Everton and then holding Stoke City away.
The King Power Stadium has become a fortress for the Foxes over the years. Even during their tumultuous 2016-17 campaign, the former Champions got 34 points at home.
4. West Brom (Away) – 17 December 2017
Tony Pulis’s side is, on average, the ‘tallest team’ in the Premier League and Jose Mourinho must think of strategies to nullify their aerial threat. Despite their bad run of form this season, their home record is still solid; they have lost just one of their five home games this term.
Though Manchester United managed a win last time, they struggled against the Baggies at the Hawthorns in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
3. Watford (Away) –29 November 2017
When Manchester United traveled to Vicarage Road last time out, they were beaten convincingly by a well-organized Watford side. The Hornets were sensational and truly deserved the win. United’s current position shows minimal improvement. Their continuous failure to beat opponents away from home is a big concern.
An exciting Watford side will likely magnify this vulnerability and so United will have to be on their toes to defeat a Hornets side.
2. Arsenal (Away) –2 December 2017
Manchester United has lost in their last two league visits to the Emirates, having failed to score in either. The ongoing rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho has only added to the excitement surrounding the contest.
So far this term, Arsenal has had the perfect home record, winning all five of their games.
1. Manchester City (Home) –10 December 2017
It’s a game anticipated with both fear and excitement by the United faithful; the Manchester Derby has become increasingly important in a Premier League context over the years. It pits José against Pep, Pogba against Aguero and one of the sturdiest defenses against the league’s meanest strike force. This game will prove to be one of the most decisive of the whole season.
City is in the midst of a 22-match unbeaten run and has amassed 31 points from a possible 33 points in the league so far this term; plus the Citizens have won four out of their last six visits to Old Trafford.