United's biggest challenge when football returns
It’s not clear when Manchester United will next be in action again.
That memorable 2-0 victory against Manchester City was United’s last league engagement before the enforced break – the best performance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign so far.
We’ve taken a look at the challenge which will face Solskjaer’s side when they return to action – whenever that may be.
Reds feeling cheated
The Europa League win over LASK made it 11 games unbeaten for United; their best run of form since Solskjaer was made permanent manager.
That momentum has been hard-earned, especially given where the club where when Burnley left Old Trafford as 2-0 winners back in January.
But when the season resumes, United will essentially be back to square one and will have to earn it all over again.
Momentum, form and confidence are all enormous factors as the business end of the season approaches and United were ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham on those scores.
It will be a challenge for United to use that injustice to fuel the rest of their season and not feel sorry for themselves over a situation which is out of their control.
Lack of gametime
United have an extended period without games now, and it will take everyone some time to get that match sharpness back.
It can’t be ruled out that this time will come to be used as a pre-season; with the end of the current season and the start of the next all running into each other as soon as it’s safe to do so.
The likes of Luke Shaw so clearly benefited from playing every three days, but it takes a little while to get into that rhythm.
It will be a unique mental challenge to recover from such a long spell without games and go back in to try to hit the ground running at the business end of the season.
It’s one United will have to conquer if they are to end the current campaign with silverware and a place in the Champions League.
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