Manchester United have emerged from January unbeaten, and would have done so with a 100 per cent record were it not for Tuesday night’s draw against Burnley.
There were a couple of eye-catching results – the impressive away wins over north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal – and United generally made light work of their other opponents.
But there are some stern tests that lie ahead in February as the Champions League returns to focus and we’ve taken a look at what United might expect from the challenges to come…
Leicester (A) – Draw
Claude Puel’s Foxes are a difficult side to predict; the Frenchman appears to be in perpetual danger of the sack, but they put a dent in Liverpool’s title hopes on Wednesday, arguably deserving more than their 1-1 Anfield draw.
United have won on just one of their last four league visits to the King Power Stadium and Leicester will be on a high going into this one – so it may be a second successive draw.
Fulham (A) – Win
Claudio Ranieri has engineered some improvement at Craven Cottage since taking over from Slavisa Jokanovic but Fulham’s defence is still pourous.
United’s reinvigorated frontline should be able to cause all sorts of problems and secure a win on the road.
PSG (H) – Win
If Jose Mourinho was still in charge for this clash, there would be a sense of trepidation in the air, but Solskjaer’s refreshing approach raises the prospect of a famous night under the lights at Old Trafford.
The French champions will be missing Neymar and can lack fluidity at times, especially in the face of a hostile atmosphere and relentless pressure. A win here would be the best result of Solskjaer’s reign so far.
Chelsea (A) – Win
While Solskjaer has managed to lift the mood around Old Trafford, Chelsea are once again battling with doom under a new manager.
United’s record at Stamford Bridge is historically bad but they merited victory in this season’s league encounter there and will be fired up to make amends for last season’s FA Cup final defeat, in a competition that represents Solskjaer’s best chance of silverware this term.
Liverpool (H) – Draw
United will be fired up to put a dent in Liverpool’s title challenge, but asking for three massive wins in three consecutive huge fixtures may be a little too much to ask.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are getting a tad twitchy as the business end of the season approaches and United should fancy this chances of getting a result.
Crystal Palace (A) – Win
Selhurst Park is not an easy place to go – as evidenced by United falling 2-0 down there last season – befoe Nemanja Matic sealed a comeback with a wonderful late strike.
But the Eagles lack firepower this season and United should be able to make the most of that and seal a victory to see out the month unbeaten.