Where does United vs Villa rank in Man Utd’s greatest comebacks?

Erik ten Hag is walking on the edge of the knife this season and any game could be his last in charge of the Red Devils. He was brought to the club to bring glory back to Old Trafford, but so far, no luck.

Manchester United’s performance reached an 80-year low this season, and it would be exciting to see if the Dutch manager will be able to pick his boys from the knockdown they are currently in. The former Ajax manager has proven his worth throughout his coaching career, and it seems that the Glazer family is ready to give him another chance.

Is the Villa comeback a stepping stone to something better?

Throughout the 2023-24 Premier League season, Manchester United picked up 10 wins, lost on eight occasions, and shared the spoils only once. It seems to be an all-or-nothing strategy for Erik ten Hag and his boys, which for now is keeping the team’s chances of securing a top-four spot alive.

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are ahead with a couple more points each, so if Manchester United want to congratulate themselves on a job well done at the end of the campaign, they’ll have to produce plenty of more top-notch displays, such as the one we saw against Aston Villa.

The match against Aston Villa on the 26th of December was held at Old Trafford and Unai Emery’s boys were leading 0-2 at halftime. However, United showed composure to pull off a remarkable come-from-behind 3-2 win, with Alejandro Garnacho being the hero for his team.

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Can Manchester United turn this season around?

Will he be able to fill in all the holes that the sinking ship that is Manchester United has this season? Rumors about potential candidates for the Manchester United manager position are intensifying by the day, but let’s see what are ten Hag’s chances of keeping his job and Manchester United’s odds of turning the season around.


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Comeback kings United eager for more

Aston Villa have been remarkable throughout this entire season. Emery’s players are heavily involved in the title race, despite dropping points in the last couple of games. If you are a United fan, you could definitely consider the 3-2 win over Villa as a light at the end of the tunnel.

Anyone who watches the Premier League closely knows that the race for a top-4 position is always a nasty business. If you want to secure a Champions League spot in England, you have to be at your lethal best throughout the entire season. It goes without saying that Manchester United haven’t been very consistent this season, but they do seem capable of comebacks. The Aston Villa game alone proves that. In the next chapter of our article, you’ll learn more about Red Devil’s next opponents, but if Manchester United manage to pull off a couple more comebacks, we will definitely see ten Hag’s side partake in the race for a Champions League position.

Manchester United’s next opponents

Who are the Red Devils’ next couple of rivals and will they share Villa’s fate? Here are the opponents and dates:

  • Nottingham Forrest vs Manchester United – 30th of December
  • Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United – 8th of January (FA Cup game)
  • Manchester United vs Tottenham – 14th of January
  • Wolverhampton vs Manchester United – 1st of February
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As you can see, during the first month of the new year, the Red Devils have only two Premier League games to play. First, there’s a difficult visit at City Ground against Nottingham Forrest. Steve Cooper got sacked and it seems that there was an immediate effect from the board’s move, as Nottingham Forrest thrashed Newcastle 1-3 on the 26th of December. Forrest are quite unpredictable, but so are Manchester United. We believe the Red Devils have their chance to put a dent in Nottingham Forrest’s survival ambitions this season.

The next Premier League game we have to talk about is the vicious clash against Spurs at Old Trafford. Anje Postecoglu’s team is performing above all expectations this season. Everyone thought that with Harry Kane’s departure, the team would transform into a lackluster side, but nothing of the sort is happening. However, despite the solid start to the season, Spurs did show weakness in a couple of games. We are sure that Erin ten Hag and his players have what it takes to exploit those weaknesses. Especially, when you consider the fact that the Red Devils will have the home-field advantage at Old Trafford for this game.

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Zack is a longtime football fan, writer, and bettor. He also has experience playing and coaching the game of football at a local level. His interest in the MLS, Liga MX and the Canadian Premier League adds a new dimension to the content we have at FootballWhispers.