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    nil
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    It’s been a great start to the season and there’s a well-deserved sense of optimism surrounding the club. We’ve not met any really tough teams yet, but we’ve handled the ones we have met as a title challenging side should: a series of strong wins getting a solid return of goals.

    The real test starts now, though, and the coming weeks will provide a strong indication of our relative strength: In the next four rounds of PL play, we’ll go up against Liverpool away, Spurs at home and Chelsea away while the other top teams, especially City, have a substantially more forgiving fixture list.

    This is the time to stand and be counted and, hopefully, stay on level-ish terms with City just like they’ve done with us despite going up against Liverpool at home and Chelsea away. It’s going to be difficult looking at the coming fixtures, but if ever we had a post-SAF team to accomplish that, this is it. Time for them prove that they’re really a side who can challenge for the title.

    I want 4 wins, but in your eyes, going into

    Liverpool (away)
    Huddersfield (away)
    Tottenham (home)
    Chelsea (away)

    what’s a realistic and acceptable return of points?

    #1539644

    jm1502
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    8

    #1539649

    hatters
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    I agree with jm1502. I expect us to get 8 points out of these games:

    Liverpool vs Manchester United – draw
    Huddersfield vs Manchester United – win
    Manchester United vs Tottenham – win
    Chelsea vs Manchester United – draw

    Mourinho will set up to stifle at Anfield and at Stamford Bridge. The difference this season is we now have incredible pace on the break with Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, and Rashford/Martial.

    #1539654
    killyboye
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    I think 10 points should be the aim, a win at Anfield, Huddersfield and at home to Spurs. A draw away to Chelsea would be a good result. Anyone know how long Morata is out for?

    #1539674

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    Winning at Anfield is the key I think. If we can beat them, we should on current form, it’ll give us enormous confidence to best Huddersfield and then Spurs at our place. We don’t have a good record at the bridge so a draw would be a good result. Would love 10 points

    #1539682

    Draw vs Liverpool
    Win vs Huddersfield
    Win vs Spurs
    Loss vs Chelsea

    To be honest, 7 points would be a decent return if it meant we got 3 of the 5 big teams out of the way, including two away matches. The real important ones are when we face Arsenal and City in December; it will define how we go into the Christmas period and will mean that we would’ve played all the big teams.

    Here’s to hoping we don’t pick up any silly injuries in the international break and that we’re raring to go against Liverpool.

    #1539686
    Wonderfuel Gas
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    I reckon it’s par 8 for that run of games but six or seven wouldn’t be the end of the world either. A lot depends on the performances though…I’d be more disappointed if we’re (genuinely) outplayed by Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea but scabbed six or seven points than if we played fantastic but got held to four or five points. If that makes sense.

    #1539712

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    @Wonderfuel Gas:

    In a way, yes. We could, potentially, draw both Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea while playing fantastically while only, say, out of this World goalie performances scrapes points for them. That would, I guess, be something. However, as teams like Arsenal have had to realize time and again: Playing well and not getting points wins you nothing.

    Just for argument’s sake, reverse your stance: Say we play horribly, but through amazing DDG performances and a lucky counter attack manages to get 4 wins. How would you feel about that?

    I want both, to be honest. I want us to play the same kind of attacking football that’s gotten us 6-1-0 and 21-2 and I want to keep the points coming in.

    For me, the aim should be 8 or 10.

    Wins over Liverpool, Huddersfield and Spurs and a draw at Chelsea. 8 points is with a draw at Liverpool because it’s Liverpool and United; a very tense and nervy fixture as always. However, with the season they’ve had and the season we’ve had, I’d say we’re in a good position to get 3 points at Anfield; but it *is* a very tough fixture as always.

    Huddersfield a win because we’re better, Spurs a win because it’s Old Trafford and Chelsea a draw because we’re in a good place, but it’s Stamford Bridge.

    Like I said: Time for answers.

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    Wonderfuel Gas
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    I’d be more concerned in that scenario nil…getting played off the park against three of our biggest rivals even if we did manage to scab three lucky wins would be a pattern forming that wouldn’t bode well for our long term prospects. Don’t think it will happen though, I feel fairly confident the lads will do us proud.

    But you’re right though, we’ll know a lot more about this squad in about a months time. Bring it on.

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    Leemo J
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    Win vs Liverpool
    Win vs Huddersfield
    Draw vs Spurs
    Loss vs Chelsea

    I think we will have too much for Liverpool, their defence is woeful and even though we are struggling at the fullback positions we still have an overall decent defence so far this season, this one will come down to team selection I reckon.
    Nice win against Huddersfield, should be a straight forward 3 or so goals for us.
    Spurs I’m struggling to pick out, first decent side to play us at home this season. I think it will be a tough score draw, and a loss at the bridge as Chelski look good this year with a strong side.
    Just my thoughts 🙂

    #1539774

    theMartial Art
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    The next 4 matches should give everyone an indication of where United are. Think we will have a good idea of what to expect after the Liverpool game. Just a shame about the international break.

    Prediction is pretty hard to get right consistently, but I’m fairly good at prediction

    Liverpool 0 – 1 Utd
    Huddersfield 0 – 4 Utd
    Utd 2-0 Spurs
    Chelsea 0-0 Utd

    PS: People keep saying Man Utd haven’t beaten a top team yet. I think they’ll continue to say that if Utd smash liverpool after the international break 😉

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    redblood
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    8 for me too, wouldn`t be the end of the world,but hoping for 10 of course.
    Ps;Morata out for 4-6 weeks.
    tMA-IF mate,IF!.

    #1540267

    theMartial Art
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    @redblood – Possible but obviously not probable

    #1540287

    libanski
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    Personally I think we’ll come out with all points
    Utd 1 liv 0
    Huddersfield 0 United 2
    United 2 spurs 1
    Chelsea 1 United 2

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    killyboye
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    As I said, I think 10 points should be the aim, 9 would be also be excellent. I think we have to start thinking that we’re capable of beating anyone, that was what Fergie did very well, he always thought we could beat anyone regardless of form or stature and got the players thinking the same way. It’s half the battle.

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    roygbiv
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    A tough run of games is part and parcel of playing in the Premier League but this time around we’ll approach those games with confidence. It’s been several years since we could say that and even though the team is still far from perfect they do have that belief you’d want to associate with Manchester United.

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    happyhurling
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    Libanski – Very bold predictions mate!

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    Wonderfuel Gas
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    The more I think about it the more I’m hoping for quality performances rather than totting up how many points we can get. I want us to come out of these games as the cock of the walk whether that is getting eight points or twelve. I hope we look like we belong in these games.

    We got battered twice at Stamford Bridge last year without much of a prayer in either game. I want to go there and hold our own, show the cockneys who is boss and look better than them. Hopefully hear Hazard squealing like a little rat.

    I want to swat Spurs aside with all the majestic arrogance we used to at Old Trafford.

    As for Liverpool, I’d take a scruffy last minute 1-0 with it going in off Fellaini’s shin pad. Of course you would…but what would really make me happy is going to Anfield and dominating the horrible scrotes for once. We all know their hyper active midgets will run around at 100 mph right from the off and the scousers will howl themselves hoarse at every little injustice making it sound like we’re on the ropes. I’d love us to play them off the park like a team full of belief in its self and its purpose.

    For Huddersfield I’d just like a ticket.

    #1540411

    happyhurling
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    Funny stats comparing Hazard and Martial since Martial joined us.

    Hazard;
    71 games
    8 assists
    20 goals

    Martial;
    62 games
    12 assists
    18 goals

    One is a bit-part player who comes on as sub and the other is in the same category as Messi and Ronaldo!!
    😉

    #1540416

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    I’m hoping for 8 hatters, but I’m not sure we’ll get them mate. The key is not losing against the scousers. If we do, then even Huddersfield will be tricky. If we win at Anfield, then anything’s possible.

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