Five fixtures that could define Man United’s season

2014/15 was a real rollercoaster for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal’s introduction over the summer didn’t yield the immediate results craved, yet slowly but surely the club’s form settled and the top four finish and Champions League return craved so dearly was secured… albeit in a rather limp fashion.

2015/16 won’t be kicking off in an understated way for the Red Devils, with Spurs at Old Trafford the first fixture out of the hat. Last time the Red Devils saw off their London counterparts with ease at the Theatre of Dreams, however, with the Lilywhites full of optimism this one could be a tricky starter.

From there a reasonable run of three games against Aston Villa, Newcastle and Swansea await before a huge home meeting with the old enemy, Liverpool. The Reds are always traditional foes, and with a 5-2 aggregate scoreline in favour of Van Gaal’s men last term, there’s every chance of more success.

The first Manchester derby of the campaign is pencilled in for October 24 at Old Trafford, by which time there should be an idea of how the teams’ seasons are going and the European football angle will also be present.

The last league game of 2015 looks to be tasty affair, with Chelsea at home on the agenda. The Blues claimed the title last term, but they may not have things as easy this time around, with United themselves gunning to be contenders for the big prize.

The return trip of the all-Manchester battle is set for March 19, which could be a time in which the title battle is in full swing. With seven fixtures left after the red and sky blue bout, one side could realistically kill off the other’s hopes of lifting the coveted trophy.

 


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