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Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 5:20:47 PM

Devils need festive cheer

A win over Leicester in the League Cup quarter-finals has never been more welcome for Man United, as their indifferent league form cannot guarantee them a win, even against West Ham on Saturday. - AFP

A win over Leicester in the League Cup quarter-finals has never been more welcome for Man United, as their indifferent league form cannot guarantee them a win, even against West Ham on Saturday. - AFP

Two timely wins away from home. Relief, joy and anticipation. That’s what most Manchester United fans must be feeling after last week’s win against Aston Villa and Stoke in the League Cup in midweek.

Further good news is that after a favourable Champions League draw against Olympiakos of Greece, United and Manchester City were kept apart in the draw for the League Cup semi-finals.

A busy English Premier League festive schedule means the Devils have to play four games in 12 days starting with today’s home match against West Ham, followed by ties against Hull and Norwich (both away) and Spurs (at home) on New Year’s day.

Winnable games? Yes, I certainly think so.

With the top four teams – Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Chelsea – facing each other, it is crucial that United come away with full points from these games and kick on from there. We have won three on the trot and progressed in two Cup competitions.

Positives for United before today’s clash against the Hammers is that Wayne Rooney could make a rapid return to the team after missing the victory over Stoke. Boss David Moyes is already without first-choice forward Robin van Persie, who is out for a month with a thigh problem.

Also, for the first time in 19 months, Ashley Young scored a goal in the midweek win over Stoke. Although he is having a disappointing season so far, the goal was a reminder of Young’s ability.

Darren Fletcher too seems to be regaining his old form and the Scot will be needed in these testing holiday period, with games coming thick and fast.

As we approach the second half of the season, psychologically, the players will feel that they will do better because that’s how it has always been with United. It has all to do with psychology but the confidence gained from recent wins is priceless.

Moyes is definitely getting to grips with things and knows what he has at his disposal. He is also far better, confident and bullish in post match interviews (win or lose). So, when he says he will turn it around, I genuinely believe he will and I’m sure the players do too.

We may not win the league this year, but we sure as hell won’t go down fighting. And I expect us to at least make the top four.

Randeep Singh wishes his loving sister a Happy Birthday and all readers a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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