sport news 's face make-or-break month under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

January could prove to be the most important month of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's managerial career with battling it out in three competitions.

will have to negate six games in 23 days with the potential of another fixture being added to their congested calendar if they are to beat Wolves in their FA Cup third-round replay.

Solskjaer will be desperate to capture a trophy in his first full season at the helm with the Carabao Cup his first opportunity to do so.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players face a tough month of fixtures in three competitions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players face a tough month of fixtures in three competitions

Marcus Rashford and his team-mates failed to find a way past Wolves at Molineux on Saturday

Marcus Rashford and his team-mates failed to find a way past Wolves at Molineux on Saturday

Solskjaer was all smiles during his pre-match press conference ahead of the City match

Solskjaer was all smiles during his pre-match press conference ahead of the City match

JANUARY FIXTURES 

January 7 - vs Manchester City (League Cup semi-final first leg)

January 11 - vs Norwich (Premier League)

January 14 - vs Wolves (FA Cup third round replay)

January 19 - Liverpool vs (Premier League)

January 22 - vs Burnley (Premier League)

January 25/26 - Watford/Tranmere v Wolves/ 

January 29 - Manchester City vs (League Cup semi-final second leg)

Rivals Manchester City stand in the way of United making it to the League Cup final at Wembley and Solskjaer is expected to play his strongest team in order to get there.

Their first January test sees United host Pep Guardiola's men on Tuesday night and Solskjaer will be hoping the Spaniard chooses to play his fringe players rather than the likes of Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.

David de Gea is likely to be the only first-teamer left out by the United boss but Sergio Romero has proven he more than capable of filling in for his goalkeeping rival.

Solskjaer will be worried about his defensive options with Harry Maguire doubtful after picking up a knock against Wolves. 

Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Marcos Rojo are not yet match fit while Phil Jones has proven to be a liability when he has made the odd appearance.

Further forward Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard both missed Saturday's game at Molineux through illness but they are expected to make an appearance after skipping the third-round FA Cup clash.

A home match in the Premier League against bottom-of-the-table Norwich is up next this coming Saturday and is another must-win game for the Red Devils with five points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

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