ASTON VILLA (H)
Monday 22 April, 20:00 BST
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are in an even bigger relegation fight, although their form has picked up in recent weeks and, having claimed an impressive 3-1 win at Stoke in their last away game, they’re unlikely to surrender meekly against the Reds. United overturned a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 at Villa Park in November and will be determined to avoid another slow start. The Villans are still the last league team to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford (in December 2009) but went down 4-0 in this fixture almost a year ago to the day; a repeat of that scoreline would do nicely.
Saturday 28 April, 16:00 BST
The Reds have lost just once in the last 10 meetings with Arsenal, scored 24 goals and created a pervading sense of dominance in this fixture. Yet Arsene Wenger’s side have suffered only one league defeat since mid-January as they push for Champions League qualification. And while it’s a long time since the Gunners challenged for the title, Sir Alex pitches Wenger’s men among next season’s potential rivals. “Arsenal are improving,” he says. “There’s some indication they are building a better squad than people think.” United’s 10-point target for a 20th title, coupled with Arsenal’s quest for European football, means this could be a match with a dash of the feistiness of old.
Sunday 5 May, 16:00 BST
Since United won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in a stormy and action-packed October affair, the Londoners have held the upper hand. A luckless 4-5 reverse in the Capital One Cup followed for Sir Alex's side and United's FA Cup hopes also ended in the capital after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. The fixture list continues to look daunting for the Europa League hopefuls, yet they appear to be handling the taxing schedule remarkably well. The Blues have long been formidable opponents but Reds will hope this game evokes memories of United's win late in the 2011 season that virtually secured the 19th title.