The ongoing 2020-21 season marks the 29th season of Manchester United in the Premier League. The COVID-19 pandemic shook the football scene, too, making the previous season receive a delayed end.
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The season started with their first match against Crystal Palace FC on September 19, 2020. Manchester United lost the match to the Eagles 3-1.
The subsequent match against Brighton & Hove Albion FC saw them winning 3-2 with excellent goals by Marcus Rushford and Bruno Fernandes. The hit-and-miss lineup of matches continued with another loss for Manchester United on October 4, this time playing against Tottenham Hotspur FC. Even though Bruno Fernandes managed to score a goal for United, it was too little, too late. The Spurs beat Manchester United 6-1.
Since mid-October, the streak of Manchester United has been on the winning side, except for a 0-1 loss against Arsenal FC. Throughout the past three months since October, the club has slowly risen in the League ranks, standing at first after the three latest matches against Burnley, Liverpool, and Fulham FC.
UEFA Champions League
Manchester United finished third in the 2019-20 Premier League season and qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2020-21. This year marks their 23rd UEFA Championship, the highest amongst all English football clubs. Manchester United finished third in the UEFA Championship Group Stage and advanced to the UEFA Europa League knockout phase.
UEFA Europa League
The 2020-21 season marks the fifth Europa League for Manchester United. The team will compete in the Round of 32 marches beginning on February 18, where they will face-off against Real Sociedad FC. Manchester United and Real Sociedad previously faced off in the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League in the Group Stage.
Manchester United also qualified to enter the 2020-21 FA Cup in Round Three. They faced off against Watford on January 9, winning by 1-0 with an early goal by Scott McTominay. The draw for Round Four placed them against Liverpool FC, with whom they have a match scheduled for January 24, 2021.
Manchester United has a great standing in the English Premier League for the 2020-21 season. The team has played nineteen matches and managed to win twelve of these, with four draws and three losses. With forty points, they stand atop the list beating rivals, including Manchester City, Leicester City, Liverpool, and Tottenham.
In the UEFA Champions League standing, things do not look particularly well for the club. In the last five games played, they have managed to win only three and bagged nine points, standing third in Group H. Things could take a turn with the team’s upcoming Europa League Group Stage matches, but only time will tell.