Analysing Manchester United’s tricky run of fixtures after the international break

After a promising first 12 months in charge of Manchester United – guiding them to a third-place finish in the Premier League and securing the Red Devils’ first piece of silverware in five years when winning the League Cup – it’s fair to say things haven’t gone to plan for Erik ten Hag this season.

It’s been a turbulent start to the 2023-24 campaign, with Man United losing three of their four Champions League group stage games, being knocked out of the League Cup by Newcastle United, and a rather mediocre record of eight wins and five losses in the Premier League.

The Dutchman is coming under increased scrutiny, and he’s amongst the favourites to be the first manager sacked of the season. It might only be a matter of time before he’s shown the exit at the Theatre of Dreams by the Glazers.

That said, let’s take a look at what could be a deciding run of fixtures following the current international break. 

Everton – Away

First up is a short trip to Merseyside to take on Everton at Goodison Park.  

Sean Dyche’s men have had some good results recently, but the Red Devils have a very good record against the blue half of Liverpool. 

It would be hard to back against the visitors if you’re looking for an Everton v Man Utd bet

Galatasaray – Away

Ten Hag and his players will then be heading to Turkey for a must-win Champions League group-stage game against Galatasaray. 

The Super Lig side stunned the Red Devils at Old Trafford back in October, as they came from behind twice to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Wilfried Zaha, Kerem Aktürkoğlu and Mauro Icardi.

This is going to be a very tricky game, but Man United need three points if they are to progress to the knockout stages. 

Newcastle United – Away

The Red Devils’ schedule doesn’t get any easier, as after trips to Liverpool and Turkey, they need to go to St James’ Park and face Newcastle United for a third straight away day. 

Man United have won just one of their last five games against the Magpies, and that came in the 2-0 win over Eddie Howe’s men in last season’s League Cup final. 

Newcastle won 2-0 when they hosted Ten Hag’s side here in April, and they will be very confident after recently giving the Red Devils a 3-0 thrashing at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup earlier this month.

Chelsea – Home

Man United will face Chelsea in what will be their first home game since hosting Luton Town at Old Trafford on November 11. 

The Blues have also had a rocky start to the campaign, but they’ve held their own against the proverbial Big Six.

However, the West Londoners have won just twice on their travels to the red half of Manchester in the last decade — with a 1-0 victory in 2013 and a 3-1 win in 2020. 

Bournemouth – Home

After a run of three away games, it’s three games at home on the trot for Man United.

This fixture against Bournemouth looks like a very winnable game for the Red Devils if you want a bet on football

The Cherries decided to somewhat controversially replace Gary O’Neill with Andoni Iraola, and it hasn’t worked in their favour as they’re in danger of relegation. 

It doesn’t get any easier in the build-up to Christmas, with a crunch tie against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and rivals Liverpool in the Champions League.