Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sheffield United, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford on Wednesday hoping to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.
After Manchester City’s 5-0 win at West Brom, the Red Devils have slipped down to second place in the league table. They can undo that, however, by beating Sheffield United, who sit rock-bottom on a mere five points from 19 games.
These two sides last met a month ago at Bramall Lane, which United won 3-2 to make it eight wins in their last nine meetings (D1). And given their very different runs of form, a similar outcome is expected in ‘The Theatre of Dreams’.
Manchester United Form & Stats
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made it four wins in five games by beating Liverpool 3-2 in an FA Cup fourth-round tie. The ever-impressive Bruno Fernandes scored the winner, taking his tally up to 16 goals and 10 assists in only 29 appearances. And despite his constant game time, the 26-year-old has no plans to take a break.
It’s easy to see why as well, with Man United having lost just one of their last 13 games in all competitions (W9 D3). They’re also undefeated in as many Premier League matches (W10 D3), installing them as a title threat.
The Red Devils have also overcome their early season home struggles, having won four of their last five league games at Old Trafford. They’ve clearly hit their stride, especially in the attack, and have plenty of quality back-up options.
Key Team Stats
- Unbeaten in their last 13 league games (W10 D3).
- Won 8 of their last 9 games against Sheffield United in all competitions (D1).
- All 3 of their league defeats have come at Old Trafford.
- Bruno Fernandes has made 26 goal contributions (16 goals, 10 assists) in only 29 appearances in all competitions.
- Haven’t lost a league game against a bottom club since December 2011.
Sheffield United Form & Stats
The Blades have suffered a dramatic downturn in form. From finishing in ninth-place and five points outside a Europa League qualification spot in 2019/20, the visitors sit last in the league table for this season.
The pressure is taking its toll as Sheffield desperately attempt to keep their top-flight status for a third consecutive campaign. They’ve lost 16 of their 19 games so far, with their 1-0 win over Newcastle on January 12 marking their only triumph in the Premier League.
Taking the recent FA Cup victories over Bristol Rovers and Plymouth into account, though, Chris Wilder’s men have won three of their last four games. Most of them may have been a lower league club, but it still represents their best run of form.
Key Team Stats
- Lost 16 of their 19 league games (W1 D2).
- Winless in their last 15 away league games (D3 L12).
- Winless in their last 10 games against Manchester United in all competitions.
- Failed to score in 6 of their past 7 trips to Manchester United.
Out: Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones.
Doubts: Brandon Williams.
Out: Sander Berge, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson, Ben Osborn, Oliver McBurnie, John Egan.
Doubts: Lys Mousset.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in the Premier League
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Premier League.