Published:11 December 2020
A woeful exit from the Champions League left Manchester United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing flak once again just as the team appeared to be building momentum after a mediocre beginning to the domestic season.
And this means the stakes for Saturday's home derby against Manchester City have been lifted far beyond normal levels.
Manchester United has been moved up from the lower depths of the points table into 6th place after four consecutive league wins, one spot above Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, which is slowly beginning to tick.
Yet the 3-2 capitulation in Leipzig on Tuesday, when a draw would have sent it into the Champions League last 16, has tarnished the remarkable turnaround of Manchester United and has re-started the rumour mill on who is being lined up to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
For the first time since 2010, Manchester United is looking to win 3 consecutive Premier League matches against its neighbour, and 3 points will place them in the top four, ahead of Sunday's match, smoothing Solskjaer's waters somewhat.
The problem is that this season, Manchester United’s home form is lamentable.
It has collected 4 points from 5 league matches at Old Trafford and Manchester City is capable of causing more pain.