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Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd Preview: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup & key stats

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be aiming to reclaim top spot in the Premier League  when they welcome Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night

With the Reds League campaign running smoothly, Solskjaer side took a step closer to FA cup glory on Sunday after a superb 3-2 victory over arch rivals Liverpool at the Theatre of dreams.

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Manchester United will be eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in the Premier League, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play.

Chris Wilder’s side on the other hand, gave fans some cheer at the weekend, when they edged out League One strugglers Plymouth 2-1 at Bramall Lane – a victory that was the Blades’ third in four matches.

The Blades have lost eight times in nine games and a total of just four goals scored, and are by some distance the Premier League’s worst performing team on the  road.

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Manchester Team News

Manchester United have been handed a major injury boost as Marcus Rashford is fit and available for selection after he came off with an injury in the FA Cup win against Liverpool at the weekend.

Ole Gunnar in his pre- match presser said:

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“Marcus is available, yeah. He trained this morning. I think he tweaked his knee a little bit but should be fine”

Manchester United Predicted Lineup

The Red Devils are expected to make a few changes to the side that defeated Liverpool in the FA cup tie.

David de Gea will be deployed in post with captain Harry Maguire partnering Eric Bailly, who was left out of the FA Cup tie, at the heart of the defence with Victor Lindelof dropping out.

Aaron Wan Bissaka will be deployed to his favourite position given the lack of competition for his position whiles Luke Shaw could be dropped to the bench as Alex Telles fills in.

In the heart of their midfield, Pogba who is enjoying his best patch of form will be retained. The former Juventus midfielder will partner Fred, who comes to replace Scott McTominay as double pivot.

Bruno Fernandes will be reinstated into the lineup after coming on as a substitute whiles Rashford and Greenwood will be deployed at the flanks with Martial leading the attack.

de Gea; Wan-Bissaka. Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Pogba, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Injury list:

Marcos Rojo (calf), Phil Jones (knee), Facundo Pellistri (lacing match fitness), Brandon Williams (knock)

Sheffield United Team News

The Blades will be without suspended defender John Egan and a recent setback for Jack O’Connell in his comeback from a knee problem would suggest he is also out.

Ben Osborn and Oli McBurnie missed the Blades’ FA Cup win over Plymouth Argyle, while Sander Berge is sidelined with a thigh injury.

Lys Mousset and Jack Robinson will hope to feature and there were no fresh concerns from Saturday’s tie, with manager Chris Wilder confirming:

Everyone came through okay, so that’s good news. There’s nothing new to report on that count, which is pleasing because we’ve got enough out already as it is.

Sheffield United Predicted Lineup

 Ramsdale; Basham, Ampadu, Bryan; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Burke

Key Stats

  • Manchester United have won their last seven home top-flight encounters with Sheffield United, a run that stretches back to August 1975.
  • Since a 2-1 win over Man Utd in August 1992 on the first ever day of the Premier League, Sheffield United have picked up just one point in eight top-flight meetings with the Red Devils (D1 L7).
  • Sheffield United have kept one clean sheet in their last 34 top-flight matches against Manchester United, a 1-0 home win in September 1972; their last away league clean sheet against the Red Devils was in a 1-0 win in April 1962, with Alan Hodgkinson in goal for the Blades.
  • Manchester United go into this match 35 points ahead of Sheffield United; they have won just one of their last six Premier League matches against teams they have had a 35+ point advantage in the table (D2 L3), losing two of their last three at home – 0-1 vs West Brom in April 2018 (50 pts ahead) and 0-2 vs Cardiff in May 2019 (35 pts ahead).
  • After a six-game winless run at Old Trafford (D3 L3), Manchester United have won four of their last five home league games (D1), keeping three clean sheets in this run. However, 50% of Man Utd’s total 12 home league goals this season have come in one game (6-2 vs Leeds).
  • Sheffield United have won any of their last 15 Premier League away games (D3 L12), haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 14 Premier League away games (D2 L12), and haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 20 Premier League away games (W2 D4 L14).
  • Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in six goals in his three Premier League appearances against Sheffield United (3 goals, 3 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 43 minutes against the Blades.
  • Anthony Martial’s first Manchester United hat-trick was in their 3-0 home league win over Sheffield United last season – he has been directly involved in five of the Red Devils’ last six Premier League goals against the Blades (4 goals, 1 assist).
  • Bruno Fernandes has failed to either score or assist a goal in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since joining Manchester United last year.
  • All seven of Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick’s Premier League goals have come against four of the six ever-present sides in the competition (3 v Chelsea, 2 v Man Utd, 1 v Arsenal, 1 v Tottenham). He’s the highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 100% of his goals to come against sides to have played in every season

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