The November and December period is about to get testy for Manchester United. They face Arsenal at the weekend, before trips to Tottenham and Southampton in December. There is also a home fixture with Liverpool to content with.If the Red Devils do not perform well in these games, there is a chance their top four dream will die before the season reaches its half way point.
United are currently only two points off a top four spot. Even if they lose to Arsenal, that gap can only go to five. That is a gap that can be bridged within a week or two. However, games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Southampton cannot be taken lightly. These are United’s rivals, not Chelsea and Manchester City.
Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says that if Manchester United and Louis van Gaal want to prove they are back, they need to win some of those games and cement a position in the top four. Despite having a lot of injuries, excuses are running out for Van Gaal.
Arsenal will be a keen test, while Spurs and Southampton are always tricky trips. Liverpool at home is a game they lost 3-0 last season. If these games do not go well, Louis van Gaal’s future at United may hang by a thread.