Manchester City have an opportunity to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League standings when they face Wolves on Saturday, while Manchester United will be back in the spotlight against Norwich.
Chelsea dramatically lost their place at the top of the Premier League table after slipping up against the Hammers last weekend, with Liverpool and Man City moving up to second and first place respectively.
City have won 11 games this season, losing just twice and drawing a couple of games, as they now get set to host eighth-placed Wolves.
Pep Guardiola’s charges cruised to the top of the standings with a 3-1 win at Watford in their last Premier League clash, but subsequently suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
City still advanced to the Champions League last 16 as group winners, however, and Guardiola suggested the loss wouldn’t serve to derail their confidence.
“We had already qualified with one game left from a tough group so I am more than satisfied with the performance in every single (European) game,” Guardiola said.
“We struggled in the first half today, but generally we have played well in the group stages.”
Of more concern is the fact that City picked up a couple of injuries, with Guardiola saying defender Nathan Ake has a problem with his back while midfielder Phil Foden was taken off as a precaution because of an ankle issue.
England defender Walker was also sent off for hacking out at Leipzig forward Andre Silva and will now face a suspension which could see Guardiola looking to give his replacement in Europe some game time.
Man City’s clash against Wolves will kick off Saturday’s action in the league, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United all involved in fixtures on the same day.
Plenty of attention will, of course, particularly centre on the clash between United and Norwich as Ralf Rangnick continues to settle in with the Red Devils.
Rangnick’s reign at Manchester United got off to a winning start thanks to a stunning strike from the much-maligned Fred, which was enough to clinch a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last Sunday.
“Overall I’m more than happy,” said Rangnick. “I was positively surprised by the physical state and the intensity of the first half hour. The only thing that was missing was scoring one, two or even three goals.
The German manager will get another look at the squad performance when United host Young Boys at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, before turning attention to bottom-of-the log Norwich, who have managed just two wins in the Premier League.
It’s a handy sequence of fixtures for Rangnick to find his feet, but he will unfortunately not be able to call on the services of forward Anthony Martial, who recently suffered a knee injury in training.
Nevertheless, United should be eyeing an emphatic win that would continue to give supporters hope of a bright new dawn under their highly-regarded interim manager.