Manchester United have to take advantage of favourable fixture list

Manchester United have the opportunity to close the gap on the league leaders with a favourable fixture list up until March.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United traditionally kicked on during the second half of the season and timed our title charge perfectly.

As it stands, Ralf Rangnick’s United side currently sit 11 points off Manchester City after 15 games played. But with a nice run of games presenting itself, the Reds will be hoping to reduce the gap ahead of facing our fierce rivals in the return fixtures.

United aren’t due to face any of the league’s top three sides again before March and on paper Rangnick looks to have a chance to build some real momentum at Old Trafford.

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In United’s next five matches before the new year, the Red Devils face each of the three sides in the relegation zone, alongside Brentford and Brighton.

We start 2022 by welcoming Wolves to the Theatre of Dreams and then have back-to-back matches against Steve Gerrard’s Aston Villa, including the FA Cup third round clash.

Following the return of David Moyes to Old Trafford with his West Ham side, United’s four league games in February are currently earmarked as Burnley, Southampton, Leeds and Watford.

Also in February, United will have the first leg of our Champions League last-16 tie and hopefully we will have secured our place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

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It’s crucial that Rangnick and his team accumulate as many points as possible heading into March, which currently sees us start the month with a trip to the Etihad.

The clash against City is listed as our 28th Premier League game of the season. It’s highly unlikely, but if United do embark on a long unbeaten run, which sees us close the gap down to Pep Guardiola’s side to around five points, we could enter the game with a faint chance of entering the title race.

Following the clash against the Citizens, United are due to face Tottenham, Liverpool, Leicester and Everton, ahead of the run in.

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United potentially have 11 Premier League games before we travel to the reigning Premier League champions, there is no reason why 30 points from a possible 33 should be seen as unrealistic ask.

With the talent this squad possesses and the winners that are in the dressing room, if Rangnick’s team get on a roll, then the Manchester United juggernaut may prove hard to halt.

United have to be ruthless and show their superiority in the games against the so-called ‘smaller sides’, starting with Saturday’s trip to Norwich City.

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Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.