The Blades will go head to head with Brighton this weekend and with that will come a meeting with Neal Maupay.

The Frenchman was a reported target for United in the summer. Indeed, Chris Wilder admitted that Maupay was one of the players he was looking to bring in over the summer months.

Neal Maupay was linked with a move to Sheffield United in the summer.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Maupay, however, opted to sign for Graham Potter’s men. The Blades, on the other hand, splashed out on Oli McBurnie. And despite only scoring four goals this term, McBurnie has become integral for Wilder’s men, especially in recent weeks.

The Blades won out 1-0 last time the teams met. Coincidentally, it was McBurnie who got the winner that day at the AMEX, firing low past Matty Ryan to seal all three points.

Maupay, meanwhile, cut a frustrated figure for the Seagulls and failed to trouble the United backline too often.

But since then, just how is Neal Maupay getting on for the Premier League strugglers? We’ve taken a look ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Struggling in front of goal

In a strange twist of fate, Maupay has actually failed to score since the week before the sides met last time. His goal against Crystal Palace marked a run of three in three for the former Brentford man and made it seven for the campaign.

Neal Maupay has scored seven times for Brighton this season. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

However, ever since being shut out by the Blades backline, Maupay has not hit the target again. That makes it nine games without registering for the forward, despite starting in six of those.

Worryingly for Maupay, he has only played just over half an hour in the last two games. In fact, he didn’t even get onto the pitch when the Seagulls fought back to draw 3-3 with West Ham a few weeks back.

While seven goals looks pretty good on the surface, it’s safe to say Maupay has struggled for form of late. He’ll be hoping to put that right when Brighton travel to Bramall Lane this weekend.

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