Sheffield United will be aiming for their first victory over Manchester United since 1993, and will cherish no better time than now to pull it off when they tackle the Red Devils at the Bramall Lane.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 24th,November
Kick-off: 16:30 UK time.
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Unbeaten in their last five topflight games, Sheffield United come into this game in a lofty fifth place on the League standings and will be confident of claiming another big scalp when Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and his team make the trip to South Yorkshire.
Chris Wilder’s side has played some fast flowing attacking football while maintaining a miserly defence which has contributed to the huge success they have enjoyed. Only Leicester City (eight) have let in fewer goals to theirs (nine) in the league so far, and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the Red Devils who have scored eleven goals in their last five games.
Manchester United’s renaissance was halted when Bournemouth dealt them their fourth league defeat on match day eleven but that has not deterred them, and they put Brighton to the sword 3-1 just before the international break.
They will hope to maintain such urgency and reel in their opponents who sit two places and a point above, and the fact they have maintained a superior record in recent times over The Blades stands them in good stead.
Dean Henderson is ineligible to feature against his parent club and will be big blow for Wilder. Centre back John Egan limped off with a suspected calf injury while on international duty with Ireland and will leave his chances of playing in doubt.
The injuries continue to pile up for the Red Devils as Solksjaer will have to find a replacement for Scott McTominay and Marcos Rojo who has joined Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Baily in the treatment room.
The duo of Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are likely to make their return to action here alongside Ashley Young who served a ban before the break.
Head to head
Sheffield United have lost all of the last seven games they had faced their opponents. They have managed 34 wins in the total 93 meetings, ten wins shy of Man United’s 44 while 15 of those games played out a stalemate.
Manchester United have won in all of their last four visits to the Bramall Lane.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in seven of Sheffield United’s last eight games in the Premier League.
Man United are winless in nine of their last ten away games in the Premier League.
Sheffield United have beaten Arsenal and Burnley on this ground in recent weeks while also forcing Tottenham to a draw last time out. Sheffield’s last five matches in all competitions (DWDWD)
Manchester United have seemingly turned things around for themselves and have won all but one of their last six games in all competitions. Manchester United’s last five games in all competitions (WWLWW)
Manchester United are favourites for this one at odds of 23/20, but the halftime/fulltime market option has even greater value; Sheffield should be able to hold on till after halftime, even if you are tipping Solkjaer’s charges to come away victorious. That is a great 9/2.
Marcus Rashford has been in great goalscoring form lately and you can get the Englishman to score anytime at 9/5 or even better 9/2 to strike the first goal. Or if you want to plump for goalscorers from the opposition side, 23-year-old striker Lys Mousset looks a decent option here. The Frenchman has had a hand in six goals (three goals and three assists) for his team and is 11/4 to join the goal party at any time of the game.