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Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd preview, predictions & confirmed team news

By Chris Smith

Sheffield United v Man Utd - preview - predictions - team news - Premier League

Published: 23:36, 23 November 2019

Sheffield United’s latest chance to prove their Premier League worth comes against 13-time competition winners Manchester United on Sunday.

The Red Devils are not the power they used to be but are still the biggest name in the English top-flight.

Chris Wilder’s side, meanwhile, have played without fear so far and currently sit eighth in the table with 17 points – just two adrift of fifth-placed Wolves.

Man United showed signs of improvement before the international break but have sorely lacked consistency under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. As Arsenal found out just a month ago, a trip to Bramall Lane is anything but a walk in the park.

Read for Sheffield United v Manchester United predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd and what TV channel is it on?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Bramall Lane

Date: Sunday, 24 November 2019

Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League & Main Event

Last five meetings: Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd

09 Jan 2016: Man Utd 1-0 Sheffield Utd (FA Cup)

17 Apr 2007: Man Utd 2-0 Sheffield Utd (Premier League)

18 Nov 2006: Sheffield Utd 1-2 Man Utd (Premier League)

09 Jan 1995: Sheffield Utd 0-2 Man Utd (FA Cup)

09 Jan 1994: Sheffield Utd 0-1 Man Utd (FA Cup)

Aggregate Score: Sheffield Utd (LLLLL) 1-8 Man Utd (WWWWW)

Ones to watch

Sheffield United: Enda Stevens

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Sheffield United’s greatest threat comes down the flanks, attacking the wide spaces and getting crosses into the box.

Republic of Ireland international left-back Enda Stevens plays a huge role in that and it’ll be interesting to see how he copes against Man Utd’s tackle-master – Aaron Wan-Bissaka – on Sunday.

Key stat: Stevens has completed 27 take-ons in the Premier League this season, at least 12 more than any other Sheffield United player.

Manchester United: Marcus Rashford

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Marcus Rashford finally looks like he’s ready to silence his critics, scoring goals for fun and causing havoc for opposition defences.

The 22-year-old was on target in both of England’s games during the recent international break and has been United’s main source of goals over the past month or so. He’ll need to be at his sharpest to hurt a resolute Blades defence on Sunday.

Key stat: Rashford has been directly involved in 10 goals (scored nine, assisted one) in his last 10 games for club and country.

Team news

Sheffield United

Dean Henderson is unable to feature against his parent club, so Simon Moore will deputise between the sticks in one of two forced changes for Chris Wilder.

Centre-back John Egan picked up a calf injury during the international break so veteran Phil Jagielka has slotted in as part of a five-man defence alongside Enda Stevens, George Baldock, Chris Basham, and Jack O’Connell.

And it’s a similar attack for Wilder with John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck in midfield, supporting forwards Lys Mousset and David McGoldrick.

Starting XI: Moore; Basham, Jagielka, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; Mousset, McGoldrick.

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Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has looked to match Sheffield United’s five-man defence, deploying Phil Jones alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, and they will be flanked by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams.

Further forward Man Utd have entrusted Fred and Andreas Pereira to hold the fort, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James all in attack.

Starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Jones, Williams; Fred, Pereira; James, Martial, Rashford.

Squawka prediction

Sheffield United are unbeaten in five, sit fifth in the table and are making a friend of every neutral in the country right now. Man Utd started to show signs of improvement before the international break but a draw still wouldn’t be a terrible result for Solskjaer’s side.

Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Manchester United