Manchester United will not play a Premier League fixture again until February 4, with important cup action taking the focus over the next week and a half.
The Red Devils face a packed schedule over the coming weeks with fixtures in all four competitions on the horizon. For now, though, they must overcome three must-win clashes to secure progression in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Wednesday, January 25 – Nottingham Forest (A), Carabao Cup | Kick-off 8pm
The first leg of United’s Carabao Cup semi-final again Forest falls this Wednesday, and Steve Cooper’s side have overseen an impressive change in form since the sides last met in December. That is why it may be worth checking United’s latest odds on Rushbet.
The Tricky Trees spent several weeks in the bottom three of the Premier League but after wins against Leicester City and Southampton, as well as a draw to Chelsea, they now sit 13th placed.
Their home crowd at the City Ground are renowned for their unwavering support and dedication to get behind the team no matter the result, so the Reds must drown out the noise and focus on the end goal. An advantage heading into the second leg is crucial.
Saturday, January 28 – Reading (H), FA Cup | Kick-off 8pm
After knocking out Everton two weeks ago, the Red Devils progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup and face Reading on a late Saturday kick-off.
This may be a good chance for Erik ten Hag to utilise several youth players throughout the match, as it’s one that United should win comfortably on paper against the Championship side.
The competition, like the Carabao Cup, provides a great chance for the Reds to pick up some silverware, which Ten Hag deserves in his first season as manager.
Wednesday, February 1 – Nottingham Forest (A), Carabao Cup | Kick-off 8pm
United should already have their feet halfway into the final by the first half of the tie because if not, the pressure falls onto this meeting.
Being at Old Trafford for the second leg will significantly benefit the players and Ten Hag, as the supporters will be roaring them on from the get-go.
The other semi-final in the Carabao Cup is between Southampton and Newcastle and given the latter’s form, the Reds will be hoping the Saints can do the job and knock out Eddie Howe’s men. They have not conceded a league goal since the World Cup and are on a 15-game unbeaten streak.
United then face Crystal Palace on February 4 at home.