Manchester United needed a big performance against Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday night, only four days removed from a record 7-0 defeat to Liverpool.
A response back in front of an encouraging Old Trafford crowd was exactly what Erik ten Hag got from his players and the Red Devils now have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals already.
But Europe is not the only front on which United will be fighting in the coming weeks, with the Premier League and FA Cup still important competitions to also focus on.
Here are United’s next six games, which fall either side of an international break in March.
Manchester United’s Premier League commitments resume on Sunday with a home fixture against struggling Southampton.
United’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s in August was their second in a row, having also beaten Liverpool after opening defeats to Brighton and Brentford.
United made it back-to-back wins over Spanish opposition when they put Real Betis to the sword at Old Trafford following a comeback victory against Barcelona in the previous round.
The three-goal cushion is Spain will be an invaluable help for Ten Hag when it comes to team selection as it could given the boss the opportunity to rest and rotate.
Four trophies may be a push, but Ten Hag will definitely be eyeing up three with United one of the favourites left in the FA Cup.
A clash with Fulham at Old Trafford is all that stands between them and a spot in the final four at Wembley. Manchester City and Brighton are the only other Premier League sides left in the competition.
United will return from the March international break with a blockbuster clash against Newcastle in the race for Champions League football.
The Red Devils are still firm favourites to kick on and nail down third ahead of the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool. They could deliver another knockout blow to Newcastle, who they beat in February’s Carabao Cup final, and their UCL hopes with victory on Tyneside.
There will be plenty of retrospective articles doing the rounds when this clash comes around. After all, United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford in August spawned some marathon punishments, a well-kept promise from Casemiro and a subsequent run of 12 wins in 16 league games.
The Bees will provide a stern examination of United’s improvement since then and harbour hopes of reaching Europe themselves.
Games between Manchester United and Everton always have incredibly fiery potential – throwing in the gravelly Sean Dyche will only spice things up even more.
The former Burnley boss has quite a task on his hands when the Toffees travel to Old Trafford, however. They’ve only won there twice in the Premier League era, the second and most recent being when Bryan Oviedo stuck an 86th-minute winner against David Moyes’ United nearly 10 years ago.
The first legs of the 2022/23 Europa League quarter final ties will be played on 13 April and the return games on 20 April.
Should Man Utd beat Real Betis over two legs, they would have two more games to fit into their imminent schedule. They are currently due to visit Nottingham Forest on the Saturday in a 17:30 GMT kick off after the first leg and host Chelsea at the same time on 22 April.
Man Utd are of course still in the FA Cup and will face Fulham at home in the quarter finals for a spot at Wembley in the final four.
The semi finals are due to be played on the weekend of 22/23 April, when United are due to host Chelsea. That game against the Blues will need a new date if United progress in either the FA Cup or Europa League.
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