Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season ended in a shocking 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
After our elimination in the Carabao Cup against West Ham on Wednesday with the same result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team suffered consecutive home defeats within four days.
After leaving the League Cup, Solskjaer would have waited for his team to provide a full response to Wednesday’s disappointment ahead of a massive game against Villarreal.
But with home games against the Europa League winners and Rafael Benitez ‘Everton ahead of the international break in October, United must regain that feeling of victory quickly.
Mixed day for rivals
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While United was licking their wounds after losing to Villa, Manchester City had also beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to end Thomas Tuchel’s undefeated start to the season.
In the late kick-off on Saturday, Brentford and Liverpool drew a thrilling 3-3 draw, leaving United just one point behind their bitter rivals.
As frustrating as it is that if we had gotten Dean Smith’s side out of the way, yesterday’s results brought everyone closer together in the table.
In fact, Graham Potters will overtake Brighton in Monday Night Football when they beat Crystal Palace in Selhurst Park.
Decisive course of the game for Manchester United
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Our next five Premier League games are against Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
This is a grueling streak of back-to-back Champions League games against Atalanta that also take place between those massive domestic games.
If we’re still just one point from the top after this testing period, we’ll have some real momentum towards a friendlier holiday schedule.
It’s been a difficult week, but if we can start our Champions League campaign and beat the Toffees, we’ll be back on track.
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