Manchester United registered a fifth-straight Premier League win on Saturday as they came from behind to beat arch-rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Jack Grealish put the Cityzens ahead at the hour mark, but United staged a tremendous comeback in the final 15 minutes to register a stunning derby win.
Bruno Fernandes put the club level in the 78th minute and moments later, Marcus Rashford bagged the winning goal which seemed unlikely at one point.
Despite the sublime result, United are fourth in the standings but they are within goal difference of Newcastle United and just one point behind City.
The gap is still nine points to leaders Arsenal, but United will have the opportunity to close the deficit.
Let’s look at United’s next six league fixtures compared to their top-four rivals.
Manchester United – 4th (38 points)
- Crystal Palace (away) – January 18
- Arsenal (away) – January 22
- Crystal Palace (home) – February 4
- Leeds United (away) – February 12
- Leicester City (home) – February 19
- Brentford (home) – February 26
Arsenal – 1st (47 points)
- Manchester United (home) – January 22
- Everton (away) – February 4
- Brentford (home) – February 11
- Manchester City (home) – February 15
- Aston Villa (away) – February 18
- Leicester City (away) – February 25
Manchester City – 2nd (39 points)
- Tottenham Hotspur (home) – January 19
- Wolves (home) – January 22
- Tottenham Hotspur (away) – February 5
- Aston Villa (away) – February 12
- Arsenal (away) – February 15
- Nottingham Forest (away) – February 18
Newcastle United – 3rd (38 points)
- Crystal Palace (away) – January 21
- West Ham United (home) – February 4
- Bournemouth (away) – February 11
- Liverpool (home) – February 18
- Brighton (home) – February 25
- Manchester City (away) – March 4
United have been in tremendous form at home since the opening-day defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The club have dropped only two points from their next eight home games. They are currently on a five-match winning run on their home turf while conceding just one goal.
They should easily beat Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Brentford at Old Trafford, but the main challenge will come on the road.
On current form, the Palace and Leeds fixtures are winnable on paper, but their biggest test could be the visit to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are one of two teams, including Newcastle, who are unbeaten at home this term. They have dropped just two points via the goalless draw against the Magpies.
Looking at the wider picture, United should record at least five wins in the run to boost their top-four bid. The club already have a five-point lead over fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.
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