STAR PREVIEW Wed: Manchester Utd v Sheffield Utd

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anchester City continued their title challenge with a thumping victory at West Brom yesterday and Manchester United can match them with three points against Sheffield United at Old Trafford this evening.

Ole Gunnar Solksajer’s men are known for their away form, and with good reason – it’s the best in the league – but they’ve quietly begun to master getting results at home over the past three months. Arsenal’s win here on the 1st November is the last time a Premier League team won at Old Trafford, and whilst they had to scrap for a 1-0 win over West Brom shortly afterwards, they’ve since had a credible draw against Manchester City in the derby and beaten Leeds (6-2), Wolves (1-0) and Aston Villa (2-1) as part of a run which has seen them go unbeaten in 13 Premier League games.

That’s a marked improvement on their previous performances at Old Trafford and reflects their progress in recent months as they keep on winning. Their latest success, a 3-2 win against Liverpool in an FA Cup thriller, ought to ensure their confidence remains sky-high.

United could be without Marcus Rashford due to a knee injury but Edison Cavani is an excellent all action alternative whilst Mason Greenwood should have benefitted from his goal against Liverpool at the weekend. Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw have been finding their best form in recent weeks, with Pogba scoring winners against Burnley and Fulham, whilst Bruno Fernandes continues to amaze. Long story short, it would be a brave man to bet against United at this moment in time.

Manchester United v Sheffield United
Premier League
20:15 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United
JUN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United
NOV 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Sheffield United 3-3 Manchester United
JAN 2016 FA CUP Manchester United 1-0 Sheffield United

Sheffield United are unlucky to be quite so far at the bottom of the league – they’ve lost 11 games by a single goal – but a dreadful attacking performance with just ten goals scored has left them rooted to the foot of the table and things don’t appear to be changing.

Chris Wilder’s men have enjoyed some cup success in recent weeks with a win at Bristol Rovers (3-2) and at home against Plymouth (2-1), whilst they gained a much needed 1-0 win at home to Newcastle in the league just over a fortnight ago, but Steve Bruce’s team lost Ryan Fraser to a red card before half time and the Magpies have been struggling badly (lost their last four). This will be a much tougher test.

United haven’t beaten a one goal handicap on many occasions this season – they’ve done it just four times, and only once at home – but they look to be capable of doing it this evening and that may be the best betting option.

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