Topsy-turvy is the perfect way to describe Manchester United’s season, with the Red Devils falling to some embarrassing lows and also having some surprising highs in recent times.
Regardless, for those who bet on Man Utd games, five wins in their last six games show that it just might’ve been a slow start. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have found back the rhythm, but things get even more complicated from December when all the cup competitions kick in.
United have already qualified for the UEFA Europa League knockout stages and are into Carabao Cup quarter-finals, while the FA Cup also stands at the horizon.
However, with the pressure of aiming to secure a top-four finish lingering over their heads, there’s always a chance their performance-levels drops off during these cup games.
Solskjaer has reiterated that the league is truly beyond their reach right now with bookmakers like Betway heavily favouring Liverpool to win the title. The United manager has maintained optimism nevertheless in stating that United will give their all in order to win the cup competitions they’re in.
When it comes to the Carabao Cup, they have a real chance of going all the way. Colchester United are up next at Old Trafford and even if the likes of Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Brandon Williams are given more exposure playing-time, it should normally be an easy win.
Colchester knocked Tottenham Hotspur out, but United seem extremely secure at home this season having only lost once in all competitions.
Beyond them, Betway have pegged Manchester City as probably the biggest threat considering Liverpool will probably play their B-team going forward. However, City’s concentration in the league could cause them to sacrifice the cup they’ve won for the last two years.
For Leicester, a similar concentration in the league could cause a collapse in their own Carabao Cup hunt.
With United’s reserves and youngsters looking strong in such cup games, winning the Carabao Cup could give them confidence in this topsy-turvy campaign.
The FA Cup is an unpredictable element, as a tough away fixture in it could end their dreams just like that. United haven’t had the best away form this season, as the other Premier League giants will also be gunning for it.
United will need to take every game like a final to win that tournament, which could bring some prestige to their campaign in May.
But the biggest trophy they’ll be hungry for is the Europa League, where Betway still has them as one of the betting favourites to win. It’s a direct, one-way ticket to the Champions League. Even if United finish outside the top 6, they’ll get a guaranteed place back into Europe’s pinnacle competition.
Solskjaer is adamant his side want to go all the way, but the competition will get tougher after a point. With big sides guaranteed to come from the Champions League as well, some other European elites will also be hungry for the title.
United have maintained impressive form against top-sides under Solskjaer’s reign. As long as their stars are injury-free, they’re defensive strong and clinical in finishing off chances, the Red Devils will be optimistic of guaranteeing their place at the Champions League next season.