In what has been a disappointing season thus far, the Red contingent of Manchester hit a new low yesterday following their 5-0 demolition at the hands of their arch rival Liverpool. The result leaves United in 7th place after accumulating just 14 points from a possible 27, one that puts a dark shadow over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future at the club.
Needful to say that the match with Liverpool was United's first real test against a top team this campaign and that means more tricky fixtures awaits them. With everything looking bleak and unsteady, take a look at three crucial games that will be difficult for them to win prior to the International break this coming month.
United's next game will see them travel to White Hart Lane where Tottenham Hotspurs lie in wait. The North London club who are a point ahead of them will equally be looking to bounce back from their defeat to West Ham United as much as the Red Devils will want to get over Liverpool. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still manager by then, chances are that United will not come away with a good result on this one.
2- Atalanta vs Manchester United (2nd November 2021)
Seeing how the Red Devils had to overwork themselves in beating the Serie A side last time out at Old Trafford and to think that Atalanta were missing some key players means the return leg in Italy will be another tough nut for United to crack. If they perform in a way like what we witnessed yesterday against Liverpool, then Atalanta are likely to slow their Champions league qualification hopes.
3- Manchester United vs Manchester City (6th November 2021)
Four days after the game against Atalanta, United will welcome another big team to Old Trafford and its none other than Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Regardless of form, a game against the Citizens on any day has always been a tough one for the Red Devils and if they do not improve their performance by then, City might stroll past them the way Liverpool did.
Many will agree that Manchester United won't get an easy ride in the aforementioned fixtures with or without Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on board. The club are currently in shambles and it will take something really special for them to get back on track.
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