Six targets for United to achieve in 2020
After the final international break of the year, Manchester United will return to action on Saturday to embark on a hectic run of 12 fixtures across all competitions before the close of 2020.
1: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION
Impressive wins over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig placed United in a strong position within Group H, but a shock defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir has left the Reds with work to do. The Turkish side visit Old Trafford next Tuesday and a victory from matchday four would leave us on the brink of qualification, with PSG’s visit to Manchester and a trip to Germany still to come.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are progressing nicely in the competition following successes over Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this season, which have teed up a challenging quarter-final against Everton at Goodison Park on 23 December. Remember, the one-off semi-finals are due to be played shortly afterwards on 5/6 January 2020, before the final takes place on 28 February.
The league is always the priority at United and Ole’s Reds are confident of moving up the rankings during this action-packed schedule, fuelled by the frustration of a disappointing start to the campaign and Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion represents an opportunity to start on the front foot. Our Old Trafford form this campaign has been under par, so three points in M16 this weekend would provide some positive momentum with the top four only six points away.
The Reds are just one game away from toppling a historic landmark, set by one of our greatest-ever sides. Alex Ferguson’s title winners recorded seven consecutive away league wins between April and August 1993, and that’s also the number of triumphs on the road Ole’s men have achieved, after beating Brighton (twice), Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Newcastle and Everton in the Premier League. Another three points, against high-flying Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday 29 November, will see our 2020 squad inked in the record books.
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There is a poll in our Official App asking fans which of the 12 remaining games in 2020 they are most looking forward to and, unsurprisingly, the Manchester derby at Old Trafford is winning by a huge margin. It remains the biggest fixture of the season for most supporters, of course, and our recent form is decent: Ole has overseen three wins from five matches against Pep Guardiola's Blues.
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When United host Leeds in December, 6,146 days will have passed since we last played our historic rivals at Old Trafford in the Premier League. The previous clash was way back in February 2004, when a Paul Scholes goal contributed to a 1-1 draw in which Solskjaer stepped off the bench, so this next top-flight meeting is long overdue. It won’t be the same without fans, yet the rivalry remains important for generations of supporters and three points would be a lovely Christmas present.