Sheffield Utd Vs Manchester Utd ; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions

Manchester United will be looking to build on last weekend’s derby draw when they travel to bottom club Sheffield United on Thursday. 

Having crashed out of the Champions League with defeat to RB Leipzig last week, United steadied the ship with Saturday’s drab 0-0 draw against Manchester City. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to see his side take three points, particularly with the likes of Chelsea and Man City already having slipped up earlier in the week.

Chris Wilder’s side have picked up just one point so far this season, against fellow strugglers Fulham. 

Sheffield United

It is quite a fall from grace for a side that punched above their weight in the Champions League race for much of last season and, while Chris Wilder will be keeping things in perspective following a meteoric rise to this level, it is getting increasingly difficult to see them overcoming such a wretched start.

The two players returning for Sheffield United ahead of Newcastle visit -  Chronicle Live

Positive results for Burnley and Fulham at the weekend mean that the gap to safety is now eight points, which at their current rate of form would take them another 96 games to bridge.

It is not just this season either; including the end of last term, Sheffield United have lost 14 and won none of their last 15 Premier League games and six of their last seven at home – as many defeats as they had suffered in their previous 30 at Bramall Lane.

Another defeat on Thursday would see them lose four home games on the bounce for the first time since April 1965 and also lose more than seven home games in a single calendar year for the first time since 1975.

Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Southampton saw them attempt just 74 passes in the first half – the fewest by a Premier League team since February 2007 – and with a league-low five goals to their names too it is difficult to see quite how they can escape from the mire any time soon.

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Stevens; Baldock, Berge, Ampadu, Fleck, Lowe; Mousset, Burke

Manchester United

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring against Southampton in the Premier League on November 29, 2020

Manchester United have not had things all their own way either this term but, despite sitting in the relatively lowly position of eighth, they are at least still in the hunt and sit just five points off the top of the table with a game in hand.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have their away form to thank for that, with 15 of their 20 points coming on their travels.

The stats behind Man United’s away form are remarkable; victory on Thursday would see them become only the fourth side in English top-flight history to win 10 consecutive away league games, while they could also become the first team to score two or more goals in 10 successive top-flight games since Tottenham Hotspur more than 60 years ago.

A mammoth 75% of their point-haul has therefore come on the road, where all five PL away games saw them score 3+ goals. As can be expected from a side which thrives on a comeback, 75% of Man United’s PL away goals arrived in the second half, and 43.75% after the 75th minute.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Head to Head

In five previous encounters between the two Premier League teams, Manchester United hold the clear advantage. They have won four games and drawn one.The two clubs last faced each other in June this year, with Manchester United beating Sheffield United 3-0. A hattrick from France international Anthony Martial ensured a decisive victory for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side.

Match Predictions

  • Man Utd win
  • Bruno Fernandes 0.5 assist
  • CS 0-2

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