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United face crazy January schedule as Carabao Cup semi-final dates are revealed

Manchester United face a crazy schedule for the rest of January following their progress to the Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

The Red Devils are currently the only Premier League club alive in four competitions and this has obviously made the scheduling more difficult.

The Premier League recently rearranged the fixture against Crystal Palace in a short notice. United will now be facing Palace on the road (January 18) between the Manchester City and Arsenal league games.

Some United fans have already expressed their frustration over the decision, considering Mikel Arteta’s side have a free midweek before they entertain the Red Devils at the Emirates Stadium on January 22.

Following the Gunners clash, Erik ten Hag’s side now have to face Forest in a double-legged semi-final in the Carabao Cup and there is also an FA Cup fourth round tie to look forward to against Reading.

The Red Devils will be away to Forest in the first leg. The semi-final ties will be played in the weeks commencing January 23 and January 30. United have their FA Cup game sandwiched between.

Hence, United face a crazy January schedule ahead with as many as six games possible. The club’s presence in all competitions at the moment means that there is no space to reschedule any fixture.

Here is how United’s remaining January fixtures look like

January 14: Manchester City – Premier League (home)
January 18: Crystal Palace – Premier League (away)
January 22: Arsenal – Premier League (away)
January 24/25: Nottingham Forest – Carabao Cup first leg (away)
January 28: Reading – FA Cup fourth round (home)
January 31/February 1: Nottingham Forest – Carabao Cup second leg (home)

United are currently pushing to land a new striker on loan. Burnley’s Wout Weghorst is the main target and they may have to speed up the process to handle the heavy workload in the coming weeks.

Ten Hag has made it clear that Anthony Martial can’t play 90 minutes in every three days. We saw Anthony Elanga struggle up front against Charlton Athletic in the recent quarter-final tie.

The upcoming schedule should provide a huge test of United’s squad depth and fitness levels. With a top-four spot on the line, the manager will most likely rotate his players in the Cup games.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com