Manchester United: Will Ralf Rangnick’s side be undone by challenging March fixtures?

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Manchester United will face Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, and Liverpool in March; they now sit fourth in the Premier League, two points ahead of West Ham and Arsenal; if they are eliminated from the Champions League, United will almost probably go five years without a title.

Manchester United: Will Ralf Rangnick's side be undone by challenging March fixtures?

United will be put to the test in the Premier League against title contenders and top-four opponents, as well as in the Champions League when Atletico Madrid visits.

United are now just two points ahead of West Ham and Arsenal after Saturday’s goalless draw at Watford. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick had urged the squad to sustain momentum in their pursuit of a top-four finish.

The Gunners are still in fourth place, but they have three games in hand, and after winning all of their games in February, Mikel Arteta’s side appears to be on the verge of securing a Champions League berth.

Rangnick lamented United’s wastefulness in front of goal despite his team creating multiple chances against Watford.

Manchester United: Will Ralf Rangnick's side be undone by challenging March fixtures?

“It feels like two points that we should have easily won have been dropped once again,” he remarked. “We did everything except score, and I believe we had enough chances to win the game. We, on the other hand, did not. As a result, we drew and dropped two crucial points in a crucial game.”

What does March hold for United after winning only twice in seven games in February, including an FA Cup defeat on penalties against Middlesbrough? Will the club be left without a trophy for the seventh year in a row?

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“It may happen, but it only makes sense to take one game after another,” Rangnick said when asked if March could be a defining month.

United will open the month by hosting Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on March 6. Since losing to Crystal Palace in October, the champions have only dropped points twice, including their most recent home game, in which they lost 3-2 to Tottenham.

Despite this, City has dominated throughout the season and is almost certain to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals after defeating Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in the first leg of their tie.

The previous Manchester derby, which took place in November, was former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final game in command, and it resulted in a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

On March 12, United will play Tottenham, who have struggled under new head coach Antonio Conte. Spurs defeated Manchester City and Leeds in February but fell to relegation-threatened Burnley.

When they last met in October, both clubs were led by different managers: Tottenham was led by Nuno Espirito Santo, while United was led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The game ended 3-0 in United’s favor, and the news of Santo’s resignation broke soon after.

Manchester United: Will Ralf Rangnick's side be undone by challenging March fixtures?

Following that, United will focus on the Champions League on March 15, when Atletico Madrid comes to town for the second leg of their last-16 encounter.

Joao Felix’s early headed goal was cancelled out by Anthony Elanga‘s late strike – the teenager’s first in the competition – in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Rangnick’s team will have a tough test if they are to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals after UEFA eliminated the away goals rule this season. If United loses to Atleti, it will be five years since they last won a trophy, which was the League Cup in 2017 under Jose Mourinho.

On March 20, United will travel to Anfield to play Liverpool, who are currently in second place in the Premier League, six points behind City.

Manchester United: Will Ralf Rangnick's side be undone by challenging March fixtures?

Liverpool won the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea, and they are still in position for a quadruple this season. Jurgen Klopp’s team is in the midst of an amazing unbeaten streak and has yet to lose in 2022.

United’s previous encounter with Liverpool took place in October at Old Trafford, where they were humiliated 5-0 by their North-West derby opponents, with Salah scoring a hat-trick.

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