Erik ten Hag explains why Manchester United’s next three fixtures may ‘decide how season progresses’

Wednesday night&aposs clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford marks United&aposs first of three M16 outings in the space of just seven days, hosting Bournemouth on Saturday and then Bayern Munich in their final Champions League group game next Tuesday. The Reds have won six of their 11 home games so far this term, losing five.

Despite their indifferent home record so far this term, United, by and large, have been strong at Old Trafford throughout Ten Hag&aposs premiership, boasting the second-best Premier League home record last season, losing just once. By comparison, their away record, certainly against the division&aposs elite, is less than impressive.

And following three successive away games, of which United won just one, Ten Hag is confident that having three M16 outings in a row will give his team the platform it needs to get back on track. He has described it as a “very important” period in shaping their season.

Ten Hag, penning his programme notes in United Review ahead of this evening&aposs game, said: “Good evening and welcome back to Old Trafford. It feels good to be back home after three tough away games in a row.

“Now, we have three big home fixtures in less than a week and they will all be very important in deciding how our season progresses from this point.”

Tonight&aposs showdown with the Londoners is United&aposs second of eight games this month, meaning December could go a long way towards determining the success of their campaign.

“Now that we are in December, the games will be coming along every few days and that means there will be a lot of tests, but also a lot of opportunities to show that we can piece our game together and move forward,” Ten Hag added.

“This run of home fixtures is an ideal opportunity to start building momentum at an important point in our season, and I know Old Trafford will be behind the players tonight as we look to start moving forward again.”