When Manchester United lost 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in October, it seemed like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as manager was coming to an end.
But the club managed to revive themselves and were challenging for the Premier League title at one stage.
United are now second in the Premier League, 15 points behind Manchester City. They are also in with a chance of winning the FA Cup and Europa League.
If United finish second in Premier League and win either of the two cups, it would rank as a successful season.
One of the reasons behind United’s resurgence has been their away form. The club is unbeaten in the league on the road this term – and are on a 20-game unbeaten streak.
United travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Wednesday and midfielder Fred was asked about the reasons for their form in away matches.
“I don’t know – it’s hard to say,” Fred told United’s in-house media. “I think we’re playing very well away from home. We’re very compact and playing well as a team.”
“I don’t know what’s happening to the team at home, but we’ve dropped some points that we shouldn’t have dropped.
“We’re working hard on that and we’re looking to give our all mentally so that we can play better at home and not drop any more points.”
In their first game of the season, United lost 3-1 at home to Palace. Fred is hoping the team can put that right this evening.
“We lost our first game against them [Palace] at home,” added Fred. “We know they’re a tough side. We shouldn’t have dropped those points, but we’re going to try to do everything to recover and get the three points.”
The nature of home and away games do not offer much advantage to the clubs this season as COVID-19 protocols means that games are being played behind closed doors.
Solskjaer has repeatedly insisted that home and away games do not matter, it is all about winning.
But there definitely seems to be variance in United’s performances this season when they are playing at Old Trafford and when they are on the road.
Hopefully they can fix the issue during the rest of the campaign.