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10 huge days for Manchester United at Old Trafford

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David Moyes may not have begun his Manchester United career in exactly the way he wanted, but he was the opportunity to turn it all around in the next 10 days and make people forgot the troubled start. 

Manchester United sit in ninth place in the Premier League -  a sentence that isn't often written. 

A crushing Manchester derby defeat against City made United fans instantly start to doubt Sir Alex Ferguson's successor. 

But United, and especially their fans, have the opportunity to make the next 10 days a success.

The Red Devils will be playing at their famous Old Trafford stadium in each of their next four games. This is a prospect they rarely happens. 

United will prepare for two Premier League games, one Champions League and one League cup tie at their own Carrington training ground. 

If Moyes and his men can secure four victories in this 10 day period they will set themselves up for a great early Christmas run-in. 

Southampton are the first team to test the United defence this weekend. 

England striker Rickie Lambert has helped his club rise through the leagues, and they now sit four points and six places above the Premier League champions. 

This fixture is followed by a Champions League clash against Spanish qualifiers Real Sociedad on Wednesday, and a visit from Stoke in the league just three days later. 

Their fourth and final home game of October sees Norwich try to claim a giant-killing in the Capital One Cup. 

All of these games can - and should - be won by United. 

Four fixtures in the space of 10 days will test any side in the world, but with the added bonus of no travel attached to these games its hard to see how United can make excuses should they slip-up. 

Squad rotation will be in place no doubt, especially for the league cup game, but United should have enough talent in their ranks to secure the much-needed wins. 

With the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie in great goal-scoring form for both club and country, it isn't wrong to say that they could elapsed a lot of goals in the next two weeks. 

18-year-old starlet Adnan Januzaj will no doubt have the opportunity to prove his two debuts goals were no fluke, and could play an important role. 

In essence, United could have slipped further behind Premier League leaders Arsenal, suffered a humiliating European defeat and be knocked out the League Cup all before the end of the month. 

But I can't see many people betting on those odds. 

In reality, United could get right back on track, with Moyes proving his doubters wrong by showing he really is the new King of Old Trafford. 

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