Manchester United started their season in a relatively unconvincing fashion with two defeats from their opening three Premier League matches and that included an embarrassing 6-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered another league defeat at home to Arsenal last month, but they have since picked up momentum and have won three successive top-flight games. The most recent of those came at Southampton where they made a stunning comeback from two goals down to win 3-2 in stoppage time.
The winning streak has pushed them to eighth on the table and they are only five points behind league leaders Tottenham with one game in hand. The Betway football app is an excellent way to explore available betting options around United’s final league position this season and a few good results will push us right back into title contention.
Meanwhile, United have also made progress in the Carabao Cup and they are scheduled to face Everton on the road in the quarter-final this month. Elsewhere, they are on the cusp of reaching the round of 16 stages of the Champions League.
A preview of United’s December fixtures:
West Ham United (Away) – December 5:
The Hammers are currently fifth on the table with 17 points, one more than United. Like the Red Devils, David Moyes’ side have won three straight league games and it could be a tight contest at the London Stadium. United have been on the winning side in just one of the previous five meetings while there have been two draws and two defeats. The losses have come in their past two trips to the London Stadium, and it’s only their status that still keeping them as a betting favourite with Betway88 in this game.
RB Leipzig (Away, Champions League) – December 8:
Losing to Paris Saint-Germain at home leaves three teams (PSG, United and RB Leipzig) on nine points, and United need to beat RB Leipzig in their last game to go through to the next round. A draw is sufficient thanks to a superior head to head record, but Leipzig will be looking to win and United will have another tough game on hand, not great when you’re playing City four days later.
Manchester City (Home) – December 12:
The Manchester derby is always a much-anticipated fixture in the Premier League and one of the popular games on Betway88. United had the edge over the Cityzens last term as they did the double over them. They also beat them in the Carabao Cup semi-final, but lost on aggregate. United’s style of counter-attacking football has caused plenty of trouble for the Cityzens’ defence in the past and they should fancy a third successive league win over their arch-rivals.
Sheffield United (Away) – December 17:
Sheffield were a tricky opposition to beat at home during the previous campaign, but they have looked a completely different outfit this term and are languishing bottom of the table. While they have conceded the same number of goals as United (16) this season, their attack has been a huge disappointment with just four goals scored compared to the Red Devils’ 16. Anything other than a routine win for United would come as a surprise.
Leeds United (Home) – December 20:
The game will revive an old rivalry between the north-West sides. Leeds don’t have the big-name players of the past, but they are still a quality opposition with their tireless workrate and high pressing over the course of 90 minutes. There should be goals in this encounter and the Red Devils will need to be at their best to come up with three points.
Everton (Away, League Cup) – December 23:
Cup competitions are United’s best bet for silverware this season according to Betway88, and the Everton game will be a good stress-test for that theory.
At the start of the season, the Toffees were on a roll with four league wins on the bounce, but they have since lost momentum and have picked up just one victory from the next six outings which have included four defeats. One of those losses came against United at Goodison Park and it is probably the best time to play them again. There will be changes for both sides with the congested schedule, but United should prevail with the better squad options.
Leicester City (Away) – December 26:
Leicester have made huge strides in the Premier League over the past five years, but they have tended to struggle against the Red Devils. United have picked up seven wins in the past eight league meetings with other result ending in a draw. The stalemate came at a similar period three years ago where current United captain Harry Maguire scored a last-gasp equaliser for the Foxes.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (Home) – December 29:
United’s final game of 2020 could be a tricky one. They have faced Wolves at regular intervals over the past three years and their record has been average with just one win from seven games in all competitions. The Red Devils have not beaten Wolves in the Premier League since 2012 and they will be desperate to end the run before the turn of the year.
United have found their mojo over the past few weeks and the onus now lies on whether they can stay consistent over an extended period of time. The fitness of the players could also be another concern and Solskjaer needs to keep his main players unscathed during the congested festive schedule. If that happens, United should fancy their prospects of breaking into the top four by the New Year while making progress in the Cup competitions as well.