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Manchester United's Next Six: Predicting The Future

Thursday 31st August 2017
Manchester United are the talk of the Premier League. Jose Mourinho's side remain the only unbeaten team in the top flight. But what happens next?

We've all done it. Admit it. We scour the fixture lists, bite our upper lip, and try to predict results--three points in that one, maybe steal a point there--and calculate where our side will be in the not too distant future. So, in an effort to determine how long United can keep this run going, let's play the same game now for the Red Devils' next six matches across all competitions.
Stoke at the Bet365

Honestly, Mark Hughes has been a thorn in United's side ever since he took up management. His time at Blackburn Rovers saw the club claim famous victories against the Old Trafford mob, even at the Theatre of Dreams.

Sparky has lost a host of players, though, and his injury list is long. The Potters are in rotten shape at the moment. Let's say  1-2, United . Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have been playing well but have made the odd error. There's always a chance of the Potters nicking one. David de Gea will be breached at some point.

FC Basel at Old Trafford

Winning the Champion's League will be a step too far for Jose this year. Expect a massively changed side as the manager rotates to rest his favoured Premier League squad.

Basel have a habit of being a bogey side for bigger clubs. Maybe because they play in the Barcelona colours. Then again, red, blue and yellow kits always seem to get Mourinho's blood boiling.

Most likely a win but a narrow one:  1-0 United

Wazza Returns

Is Wayne Rooney coming back to Old Trafford already? He's only been gone five minutes! His early form sprouted a lot to talk about Ronald Koeman as a transfer mastermind. Defeat at Stamford Bridge brought the Dutchman's other qualities into question, however.

It looks nailed on that Everton will be the side to break United's winning streak and push the humble pie in Mourinho's direction. Lukaku will no doubt disappear in this one.

Everton 2-1 all day long.

Bugger. Should I write the rest of the article? Ah, I've come this far...

Man Utd v Burton

The last time Burton Albion made for Old Trafford, Nigel Clough had guided the team to a well-remembered draw at home. It was the 2005-06 season in the FA Cup third round. United then tore the non-league minnows apart in the replay.

Clough is in his second stint with the club, which has risen all the way to the Championship. Nonetheless, I can see the same thing happening in this EFL Carabao Cup clash, with Anthony Martial no doubt shining on a rare chance to start in the middle.

Man Utd 3-0  (to be conservative)

Down to Saint Mary's

The game of the season. Personally, I cannot watch these sides clash without feeling utter terror any time Southampton are on the ball. The Saints always step their game up against United. Remember last season's Cup final?

Mauricio Pellegrino will make the most of his side's home field advantage to try and pick the Manchester giants apart.

Guaranteed Matt Le Tissier will be watching this one on Soccer Saturday. He'll jinx it for a  2-2 draw . Damn, my glass is half-empty again.

Is that you, Vlad?

If no-one else's heart sank into their chest when CSKA Moscow and United were drawn in the same Champion's League group, then you've no idea just how tricky the Russians will be to break down at home. Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, et al will be afforded mere milliseconds on the ball before one of the plucky Moscow midfielders is challenging for possession. It will not be pretty.

Seriously, this could even be a  1-0 loss to CSKA.

More vodka, please.

So, there you have it, United's next six briefly disassembled and predictions made. I wasn't wholly wrong about the opening day fixtures so it might be worth having a few quid on my calls. I do stress that reimbursement will not be made and my opinions remain my own!
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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