Manchester United restart our 2019-20 campaign away to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday before a further three games in the following 11 days before the end of June to start busy summer.

Three of those aforementioned four games are in the Premier League and the other is away to Norwich city in the FA Cup. Victory in all three league matches would almost guarantee we end the month in the top four.

We restart down in fifth, three points behind Chelsea and one point above Sheffield United following their 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa on Wednesday in the first Premier League game since March due to the coronavirus disruption.

Chelsea only have two Premier League games this month, first away to Aston Villa, and then at home to a Manchester City side who looked good in their 3-0 thrashing of Arsenal in their first game back. They go to rivals West Ham United on Wednesday 1 July. Our goal difference is currently two better than the Blues’.

Many footy betting tips ahead of the weekend are suggesting wins for both Manchester United and Chelsea which would keep us at a three point distance but wouldn’t be a disastrous result for us given the difference in opponents.

Here’s a quick look at our four games:

Friday 19 June: Tottenham Hotspur (away)
We were 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford at the start of December when Tottenham Hotspur headed into the game as favourites. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not only showed his tactical prowess that day but has done in games since, included our last Premier League fixture three months ago in beating Manchester City 2-0.

Who knows how either side will come out in their first game back but I would certainly have been confident in picking up three points in our first visit to the new Tottenham stadium given the form the two sides had been in.

Fans will be flocking to a Premier League stream to watch many of the remaining games and you can be sure this match will be one of the most popular between now and the end of July when the season is scheduled to finish.

Verdict: Manchester United win

Wednesday 24 June: Sheffield United (home)
This will be our second game back and five days after our first game. Also the first game in an empty Old Trafford. However, Sheffield United’s players will be a bit more fatigued than us as this represents their third game back in the space of a week and comes only three days after their trip to Newcastle United.

The Blades were controversially held to a 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa on Wednesday but aside from the goal that never was they didn’t create a whole lot versus a defence that had been dire in the first half of the season. We’ll go into this match as heavy favourites.

Verdict: Manchester United win

Saturday 27 June: Norwich City (away), FA Cup
In between two Premier League games is an FA Cup quarter-final tie against the team bottom of the Premier League. Norwich City will be comfortable with their surroundings and empty stadium by this point as their first two games back are at home in the league before hosting us. They take on Southampton and Everton respectively.

Ole guided us to a comfortable 3-1 win at Carrow Road back in October before hammering the Canaries 4-0 at Old Trafford back in December. I expect a heavy squad rotation here but a win nonetheless. This will be our first Saturday game back and is scheduled for the evening.

Verdict: Manchester United progress

Tuesday 30 June: Brighton & Hove Albion (away)
Brighton & Hove Albion have already been eliminated from the FA Cup so will have a whole week off after travelling to Leicester City the Tuesday before. Graham Potter’s side already have a relegation battle on their hands before a tough schedule – Arsenal at the AMEX being the first game back.

If Ole has rotated our squad heavily for the FA Cup tie in between this, then there’s no reason why we can’t go to the south coast and pick up the three points. If several of our players are playing their fourth game in less than a fortnight then it may be tougher.

Verdict: Manchester United win




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