Manchester United took the first step on the road to redemption with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford sealed a routine victory for United, who returned from the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool in an ideal way, albeit against a very poor, lifeless team from Tottenham.
Victory in the capital, after West Ham United’s 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, has left Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team in fifth place in the table with 17 points to their name, three behind the fourth-placed Hammers.
Given that United were considered to be on the rocks and their title hopes were almost over after the defeat to Liverpool, they will take part in Saturday’s Manchester derby against Manchester City just two places and three points behind them in the standings, which means that their fortunes may soon be transformed with yet another victory.
Currently, Chelsea sit at the top of the table with 25 points, three ahead of nearest challengers Liverpool in second place and five ahead of City in third place and West Ham in fourth place. United are currently eight behind Thomas Tuchel’s charges.
With ten matches now ticked off in this season’s Premier League match program for United, here’s a closer look at how their next six league matches compare to the three clubs you would expect to be up there and challenge for the title when they are end campaign.
United 5. (17 points)
United’s form may have been cut short in recent weeks, but Saturday’s win over Tottenham, combined with Liverpool’s draw against Brighton & Hove Albion and City’s surprise defeat to Crystal Palace, has allowed them to bridge the gap a bit.
However, United’s upcoming match series could be the decisive period of their season, with them due to lock horns with three of the current top six in their next four matches.
United welcome city rivals City to Old Trafford on Saturday before meeting Watford in their first match after the international break.
After traveling to Vicarage Road, United then travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea. Arsenal visit Old Trafford four days later.
The Reds then get a feel for a lighter-looking set of matches, locking horns with Crystal Palace and Norwich City in the final two matches of their next six.
United’s next six Premier League matches:
Manchester City (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Norwich City (A)
By – 3. (20 points)
Saturday’s shock 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace was City’s first defeat in the league since the season’s opening day, and it has proved costly, certainly considering Chelsea are allowed to open a bit of a hole.
Like United, City’s upcoming matches will definitely be a challenge, starting with Saturday’s visit to Old Trafford.
When the first Manchester derby of the season is out of the way, Pep Guardiola’s team will welcome Everton to the Etihad Stadium. A week later, West Ham travel north to continue their excellent form.
After back-to-back home games, City need a trip to Villa Park to face Aston Villa before visiting Watford three days later.
City will end their upcoming six-match set with a home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Byensnext six Premier League clashes:
Manchester United (A)
West Ham United (H)
Aston Villa (A)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Liverpool – 2. (22 points)
Liverpool unexpectedly slipped up in their title clash at the weekend, blowing a two-goal lead at home to Brighton, which resulted in them being forced to settle for one point in a 2-2 match.
The Merseysiders remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but four of their first ten matches have ended up reaching a level, meaning they have lost a bit of ground as a result.
Liverpool’s next two outings are set to be tough, against a strong West Ham at London Stadium this weekend, with Arsenal then following at Anfield after the international break.
After back-to-back matches against London clubs, Liverpool host Southampton before traveling to Goodison Park to face local rivals Everton in their first match in December.
Meetings with Wolves and Aston Villa end Jurgen Klopp’s team’s next six matches.
Liverpoolsnext six Premier League clashes:
West Ham United (A)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
Aston Villa (H)
Chelsea – 1. (25 points)
Currently on a streak of four league wins in a row and sitting beautifully at the top of the table, Chelsea are the team to be beaten.
The Blues extended their lead at the top on Saturday with an impressive 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Tuchel’s next six games have a varied appearance, with Saturday’s clash with Burnley at Stamford Bridge looking like one of the more favorable on the horizon.
After meeting Burnley, Chelsea face Leicester City away and their next outing is then at home against United.
The club in west London will then face back-to-back away games against Watford and West Ham before rounding out their next set of six games at home against Leeds United.
Chelseasnext six Premier League clashes:
Leicester City (A)
Manchester United (H)
West Ham United (A)
Leeds United (H)
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