Manchester United face a nightmare run of fixtures this month following the preponement of the Premier League clash against Chelsea.
The Red Devils were due to face the Blues on May 15, but the game has been rescheduled following the Blues’ progress to the FA Cup final.
With Thomas Tuchel’s side due to face Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on the same date, they will now visit Old Trafford on April 28.
With the change, United’s schedule has become much more tougher with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to face in the space of just 10 days.
Ralf Rangnick’s side are set to face Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night before visiting the Emirates Stadium to tackle Arsenal on Saturday.
Five days later, they will host Chelsea at Old Trafford. With a top-four spot on the line, the club find themselves in a precarious position.
Tuesday 19 April: Liverpool vs Man Utd – 20:00 BST
Saturday 23 April: Arsenal vs Man Utd – 12:30 BST
Thursday 28 April: Man Utd vs Chelsea – 19:45 BST
United are currently just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. With six games remaining, they have a genuine chance of pipping the north London club, who still have Liverpool and Arsenal to face.
However, the Red Devils must first win their own matches. That appears easier said than done with a hectic schedule coming up. On Tuesday night, they make the trip to Anfield where they have struggled in recent years.
They have not won at the stadium since 2016. It has been a similar case with their league visits to the Emirates, but should fancy their chances of beating the Gunners, who have looked out of sorts amid key injuries.
The same can’t be said about Chelsea. The last three meetings have ended in stalemates. The west London giants have one of the league’s best defences, and are likely to make things tough regardless of the home advantage.
United will want to take maximum points from the three games, but a tally of six or seven won’t be bad either. Anything less than that could put Spurs or even Arsenal in the ascendancy for the final Champions League spot.
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