'Three home games is a chance to build momentum'

Wednesday 06 December 2023 15:26

Erik ten Hag has used his manager’s notes in United Review to highlight the importance of three consecutive Old Trafford matches.

After a run of challenging away fixtures at Everton, Galatasaray and Newcastle, the Reds are now set to host Chelsea, Bournemouth and Bayern Munich.

This series of games provides a chance to build momentum and Ten Hag has called upon our match-going fans to, once again, show incredible support for the team. 

“Good evening and welcome back to Old Trafford,” writes Erik in United Review, the matchday programme at Old Trafford. “It feels good to be back home after three tough away games in a row.

“Now, we have three big home fixtures in less than a week and they will all be very important in deciding how our season progresses from this point.”

Later in his notes, Erik continues: “Now that we are in December, the games will be coming along every few days and that means there will be a lot of tests, but also a lot of opportunities to show that we can piece our game together and move forward. 

“This run of home fixtures is an ideal opportunity to start building momentum at an important point in our season, and I know Old Trafford will be behind the players tonight as we look to start moving forward again.”


Elsewhere in United Review, 1968 European Cup winner Paddy Crerand looks forward to welcoming a Chelsea team that has experienced ups and downs of their own this season.

“I can’t even begin to predict this one, to be honest, as Chelsea are such a strange side right now,” writes Paddy. “They’ve had real issues, but yet they are still very dangerous and that’s the problem – you never know what you’re going to get with them right now. 

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“I’m sure they’ll get there in the end as they’ve got so much quality and Mauricio Pochettino is a top manager, but they’ve probably needed more time to gel compared to other teams with their summer signings. That’s because so many new players came in at the same time.

“It was perhaps a bit risky to have such a big overhaul, and it’s unusual. It doesn’t matter what players you bring in, it will take time for them to get to know each other, both on and off the pitch. But Chelsea will be back threatening for the league title in the next few years, I really do think that.”

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