By Andy Hyslop
- 3-0 win over Sunderland saw United go top of the league
- Difficult away games against Arsenal, Everton and Crystal Palace in the league
- Home game against Manchester City on October 25
- Two Champions League games coming up over next month
Manchester United have had a decent start to the season, they currently sit top of the Premier League after seven games. Through to the 4th round of the League Cup. Secured their place in the Champions League group stages.
The next month could be a pivotal one in United’s season if they are going to be challenging for the prizes come the end of the season. After seven games of the premier League season United sit one point clear of neighbours City after winning five, drawing one and lose one.
Over the next month, United have four tough games, three of them away from home. Starting with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Sunday, ahead of the International break. Then after the International break, United will travel to Goodison to face Everton.
First up though is the Champions League game against Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. After losing their opening game against PSV. United need to get three points on the board against the Germans. Wolfsburg won their opening game 1-0 against CSKA Moscow.
Either side of the upcoming International break United will face trips to Arsenal and Everton. If United can come through these games still top of the league or just a few points off the top. United will be in a good position. United have a decent record at the Emirates but will still be seen as a tough place to go for the reds.
Traditionally United have a pretty good record at Goodison Park, but have lost their last three games without scoring a goal. If you look at the records of our results at these two grounds over the last seasons. Then I feel a lot of United fans would probably take four points out of these two games.
After these league games, United face another away day. This time in the Champions League against CSKA Moscow. Moscow are probably the weakest team in their Champions League group but Moscow will still be a tough place to go for anyone. Moscow may struggle away from will always be a force when playing at home.
United will return to Premier League action in the Manchester Derby, in United’s only home league game in October. This is not just a game against our neighbours but could also be a game that will see United stay or go to the top of the league.
The final two games of October see United face Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the League Cup, then a trip to Crystal Palace. Palace is a tough place to go for anyone. United won there last season but Palace have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool and City at Selhurst in the last season or so.
By the end of October, I think we will have a good ideas as to whether United will be challenging for the major honours come the end of the season.