Ole: October is a vital month for us
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking forward to some big Premier League clashes in October as well as the return of the UEFA Champions League.
United's first game in October will be the Old Trafford showdown with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but that is far from the only big fixture this month, once the upcoming international break is over.
The Reds will also make the trip to Newcastle's St James' Park before Ole's side welcome Arsenal and Chelsea to the Theatre of Dreams.
In addition, the Champions League's first two matchdays will also go ahead, towards the end of the month, on 20/21 October and 27/28 October respectively.
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Ahead of the match against Spurs, the boss was asked about the month ahead.
"It’s an important month in terms of results, looking at the teams we’re playing against," Ole said.
"But also we need that fitness coming up. How can we deal with all these games? The Champions League will be in there. We’ll get a good feeling of where we’re at."
After the disappointing defeat to Crystal Palace on the opening day, United have won three away games in a row, including two victories at Brighton & Hove Albion.
"Results at the start of the season will always affect the mood and put the mood into a group of players, club, our fans, the media," stressed Solskjaer.
"Everything is dependent on results in football, it’s a result-oriented business. We got Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal at home, we got two difficult ones with Everton and Newcastle as well, so of course it’s a vital month. With the Champions League as well, which weren’t the easiest games [following Thursday's draw]."
United have been drawn against last year's finalists Paris Saint-Germain, semi-finalists RB Leibzig and Turkish champions Istanbul Basakshehir in the group stages of Europe's elite competition.
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Last season, United began the Premier League with a cracking 4-0 win at home to Chelsea before the Reds' results started to vary. After Bruno Fernandes came in, United didn't lose a league game which, ultimately, led to Champions League qualification.
The manager is keen to keep the form going from the end of last season and avoid the up-and-down start to 2019/20.
"Of course, last season we started badly and ended up probably higher than any of you thought we were going to get with the third position," he told reporters. "We wouldn’t want to be having to catch up 10-15 points again."
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