Manchester United slumped to yet another Premier League defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Crystal Palace - who were swept aside on their midweek visit to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round - got immediate revenge for that result with a 1-0 victory. Palace defender Joachim Andersen settled the scores midway through the first half as United were consigned to their fourth top-flight reverse already this campaign.
That result leaves Erik ten Hag and his squad languishing in tenth position on nine points after seven matches. Here are their next Premier League six fixtures compared to their main top-four rivals;
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The verdict: It will be a stop-start period in the Premier League with other competitions to contend with - not to mention international breaks in October and November as top players jet off to various locations. Eyes are drawn to the Manchester derby, but United do have one or two favourable fixtures (on paper) before and after then. City appear to have a challenging stretch with Arsenal, Brighton, United, Chelsea and Liverpool to come in their next six games, while Newcastle only have two home matches before December rolls around.
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