Man United's next five fixtures: Can they pick and sustain momentum after Liverpool draw?

Man United's next five fixtures: Can they pick and sustain momentum after Liverpool draw?

Manchester United's season has been far from what fans expected before the new campaign kicked off.

They got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 thumping of Chelsea in the opening match of the English Premier League campaign, but the fire quickly died down as they failed to pick a win in their subsequent three fixtures; drawing twice and losing once, a home loss to Crystal Palace. 

They've limped from match to match and failed to build on their wins, and the situation has been worsened by injuries to key players. 

Injuries hit hard

It's hard to play at your best when up to six of the first team players are out due to injuries. The team oozes with quality and despite losing their fear factor in recent seasons, they can still get back on track. 

Their 1-1 draw against rivals Liverpool, in a match they could have easily won if their concentration levels had not dropped at a key moment, can act as a catalyst to another perfect run. 

With Martial and Wan-Bissaka returning and the expected return of Pogba, Shaw, and Lingard, the Red Devils might be having their strongest 11 side back for the upcoming run of fixtures. 

Can they build on the Liverpool draw? Here are their next round of fixtures; 

Partizan Belgrade - 24th October (Away)

Ther Serbian side leads Group L in the Europa League on four points after the opening two matches. United narrowly won their opening match against Astana 1-0 at home, before a thoroughly disappointing second match away to AZ Alkmaar, in a match they failed to register even a single shot on target.

Ole Gunnar has given the young players a chance in cup matches, but with some of the key players getting back from injuries, this might be the best time to give them some minutes, and if well played, despite their recent struggles, they can pick a second win in the group. 

Norwich  - 27th October (Away)

Three days after their trip to Serbia, United will be on the road again to face the Canaries. The new Premier League boys have already registered impressive results, including their 3-2 win over Manchester City. 

They haven't won a single Premier League match ever since the win though, losing three and drawing once. 

They have dropped to 19th on the table and United can take the advantage to pick an important win. 

Chelsea - 30th October (Away)

United's third straight away match will be against Frank Lampard's Chelsea. The Blues have improved since their 4-0 loss to United and will prove a stern test for Ole Gunnar's side.

Despite the tie being an EFL match, you will expect both sides to parade their strongest sides, and it'll be interesting to watch if Chelsea can avenge the early-season defeat considering they have picked momentum in recent weeks. 

Bournemouth - 2nd November (Away)

Another match on the road! Bournemouth will be another tricky opponent for Ole Gunnar following their impressive start to the season. They are however winless in their last three matches, and United could ride on that to pick a positive result. 

Partizan - 7th November (Home)

Their first home match for almost three weeks! Partizan will travel to the Old Trafford, and by then, who knows, United could be back on track with a couple of wins in their bag.

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