Danny Mills: Manchester United must beat Stoke City and Chelsea

by Sid Choudhary

Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills feels Manchester United’s next two games are crucial to their season.

The Reds travel to Stoke City on Boxing Day before welcoming Chelsea to Old Trafford and, without a win in their past seven games, it is imperative that they pick up maximum points from those two games. Following the loss to Norwich City on Saturday, Man United fell out of the top four in the Premier League and have been struggling for form since the start of November.

The festive period has traditionally been a strong time for United, as it tends to be the time of the season where they really make a push for the title. Despite the poor campaign thus far, a good run of results over the next few weeks could see the Reds back in contention for the coveted prize, but Mills warns that anything less could see them in dire straights.

“Manchester United have got Stoke away and Chelsea at home in their next two games. If they fail to win in both of those then United will have a serious problem.” Mills said.

United are desperate to get their season back on track and will hope that two more wins in December can help them do exactly that. The visit to Stoke will be far from easy, given the Potters recent reinvigoration under Mark Hughes with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic causing all sorts of problems for teams in the league.

Chelsea will visit Old Trafford under the stewardship of Guus Hiddink, who has announced as interim manager for the rest of the season following the departure of Jose Mourinho from Stamford Bridge. United will surely fancy their chances at home against a team just four points off the relegation spots.

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