Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season was ended with a shock 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Following our Carabao Cup exit against West Ham on Wednesday by the same scoreline, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered back-to-back home defeats in the space of four days.
After being knocked out of the League Cup, Solskjaer would have been eager for his team to produce a comprehensive response to Wednesday’s disappointment ahead of a massive game against Villarreal.
But with home clashes against the Europa League winners and Rafael Benitez’s Everton to come before the October international break, United need to regain that winning feeling and fast.
Mixed day for rivals
Whilst United were licking their wounds after losing to Villa, at the same time, Manchester City had beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to end Thomas Tuchel side’s unbeaten start to the season.
In the late kick off on Saturday, Brentford and Liverpool played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, which meant that United are only one point behind their fierce rivals.
As much as it is frustrating that we could currently be sat top, two points clear of Liverpool if we had seen off Dean Smith’s side, yesterday’s results has brought everyone closer together in the league table.
In fact, on Monday Night Football, Graham Potter’s Brighton will leapfrog Liverpool if they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Crucial run of games for Manchester United
Our next five Premier League matches are against Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
This is a gruelling run of fixtures with back-to-back Champions League fixtures against Atalanta also coming in between those massive domestic games.
If we are still only one point off top after coming through that testing period then we will have real momentum heading into a kinder festive season schedule.
It’s been a difficult week, but if we can kickstart our Champions League campaign and see off the Toffees, we will be back on track.