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Old Trafford: The Theatre of Dreams once again?

Manchester United are right in the middle of what has been a make-or-break period of their season with the team going up against all of the top six in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup. While the defeat against Sevilla still hurts, it is a minor blip on the radar as United have had an impressive five weeks or so since the Liverpool game and are arguably one of the most inform teams in the League.

Starting with the game against Chelsea where United came back from a goal down to secure all three points, the club beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after finding themselves in a spot of bother yet again. Games against Liverpool, Sevilla, Brighton and Hove Albion, Swansea City and Manchester City followed. United have dropped just one game.

United over the course of these few weeks, have found a spirit that they lacked earlier on. Players like Alexis Sanchez have picked up form and things are on the up once again at Old Trafford. With United’s current tally of 71 points and with six games to go, the team can finish on 89 points in the league. Enough to win the league in most seasons.

But that, of course, isn’t a real victory in itself but it only points to the good work that Jose Mourinho has done here since taking over. Fans and officials knew about the scale of rebuilding required and credit to them to sticking by the manager despite some bad games along the way.

But with results in the big games going their way again and star names like David De Gea looking set to sign new deals at the club, the sky is the limit for this team. United have over past few weeks. While the future arguably best outfield player was brought into question ahead of the Manchester derby, Paul Pogba emphatically rejected those rumors and roared back into form after going into a lull since the signing of Sanchez.

While up till now, things have gone mostly United’s way it is imperative that the team plays with the same positivity and mindset that they did against Manchester City. With every game on paper seemingly winnable and United having momentum from recent results, there is no reason as to why United cannot take maximum points from the remaining fixtures in the Premier League. The toughest game is Arsenal at home but considering the London team’s woes, anything short of victory has to be treated as a disappointment.

United also have the opportunity to win a trophy this campaign and have already booked a visit to Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. United face the country’s most in-form team in Tottenham Hotspur but beating them should not be beyond United despite the defeat suffered in January. Should United beat both North London teams, the club would have defeated all top six sides in the space of just over two months. Exactly the kind of form United will need ahead of what is set to be a crucial summer and season.

It has been a huge step forward for United this season and the element of positivity is finally back at Old Trafford. Should United play the way they have for the past month or so, Old Trafford can finally be the Theatre of Dreams for United fans again. Bring on the 2018/19 season!

Written by Vivek Menon

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