Man Utd’s December Games Preview and Predictions

Manchester United cannot catch a break this season, and time seems to be running out for the under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There is a feeling that the Norwegian strategist is on borrowed time at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils continue to string underwhelming results one after another.

Saturday’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road could be the final straw, though the United powerbrokers have yet to make a final decision on Solskjaer’s future.

Regardless of who will be in the dugout, Man United will have a hectic schedule in December, which could prove decisive for their hopes of clutching a top-four finish in the Premier League.

From being one of the betting favourites for a top-four finish this season and an outside contender for a title race this season, United are no longer the front runners to finish in the top six in the online odds at Vwin and other Asian sports betting sites this season. A tough December follows, and United’s season could be over before the year ends.

Arsenal – Premier League, December 2

Man United’s Premier League action in December kicks off at Old Trafford as they take on Mikel Arteta’s resurgent Arsenal side.

The Gunners had strung together eight league matches without defeat (W6, D2) before falling to a dreadful 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

However, Arsenal will feel confident against the Red Devils after holding them winless in their last six Premier League encounters (W3, D3), keeping four clean sheets in the process. 

Prediction: Draw

Crystal Palace – Premier League, December 5

Man United will have an added motive to beat Crystal Palace when they lock horns at Old Trafford after going winless in both last season’s Premier League H2Hs (D1, L1).

After winning 11 consecutive top-flight H2Hs at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have failed to land the three points in their last three league matches against Palace at home (D1, L2).

But there is a silver lining for United in this fixture, considering the Eagles have lost their last two league travels by an aggregate score of 7-0.

Prediction: Win

Young Boys – Champions League, December 8

While they’ve struggled to hit the ground running in the Premier League, Solskjaer’s men have done well in the Champions League this term.

A home clash against Young Boys on December 8 could seal Man United’s qualification for the competition’s knock-out stage as they currently sit atop Group F after four rounds of fixtures (W2, D1, L1).

The three-time European champions will have revenge on their minds following a shock 2-1 defeat in Switzerland on the opening matchday.

Prediction: Win

Norwich City – Premier League, December 11

A trip to Carrow Road for a seemingly winnable game against newly-promoted Norwich City on December 11 could be United’s best chance to find their feet heading into Boxing Day.

Despite winning their last two Premier League outings in a row, the Canaries have faltered against every high-profile opposition this season.

The Red Devils have won their last three league matches away to Norwich and will be overwhelming pre-match favourites to extend that streak.

Prediction: Man Utd to score over 1.5 goals

Brentford – Premier League, December 14

Brentford Community Stadium will play host to the first-ever Premier League encounter between the competition debutants Brentford and Man United on December 14. 

After enjoying a blistering start to their inaugural top-flight campaign (W3, D3, L1), the Bees have fallen apart in the past two months, losing four of their last five league games (D1). 

Brentford’s dip in form could give United an upper hand in this encounter.

Prediction: Man Utd to score over 1.5 goals

Brighton & Hove Albion – Premier League, December 18

Brighton & Hove Albion could be a welcoming opponent, as the Red Devils have won their last five Premier League H2Hs by an aggregate score of 13-5.

Interestingly, United won both last season’s league match-ups despite conceding the opening goal on each occasion.

The Theatre of Dreams side will have to rediscover that bounce-back ability after losing four of the six Premier League matches in which they conceded first this season (W1, D1, L4).

Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Newcastle United – Premier League, December 27

Much could change between now and Christmas time, but Newcastle United already look like a doomed outfit, having failed to win any of their 12 Premier League fixtures so far (D6, L6).

Nailed to the bottom of the table, the Magpies may roll over at St James’ Park, especially after losing each of their last four Premier League meetings by 3+ goals ‘to one.’ 

Eddie Howe’s men have conceded a league joint-high 27 goals this season, though they’ve only failed to score twice in 12 top-flight matches so far.

Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Burnley – Premier League, December 30

Man United’s last Premier League fixture in 2021 pits them against another warm relegation candidate Burnley at Old Trafford. 

The Clarets have picked up just one win in their 12 league games so far (D6, L5), though they’ve only lost once in their last five visits to the Theatre of Dreams (W1, D3). 

Yet, Sean Dyche’s side have yet to win a Premier League match on the road this season (D3, L3), conceding an average of two goals per game in the process. 

Prediction: Man Utd to score over 1.5 goals

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