Competition: Premier League Date: Sunday 24th November 2019 Venue: Bramall Lane Kick-off: 16:30 BST Referee: Andre Marriner
Sheffield United host Manchester United this weekend. The Blades go into the game in fifth place in the Premier League table and one point above the 13-time champions.
Chris Wilder’s men have surprised everyone this season. Their form has been superb and has included wins over Arsenal, as well as draws at both Chelsea and Tottenham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been inconsistent this season. However, things have started to pick up a bit for the Red Devils. They’ll be hoping to roll in to Bramall Lane and take all three points from the Blades.
The Blades have a couple of worries heading into the clash. Goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, is missing thanks to the parent club loan rule. On top of that, John Egan picked up a knock in midweek and could also miss out.
A number of United’s players have come back from international duty this week. Manager Chris Wilder will probably update us further in his press conference tomorrow.
For Man United, they have a number of problems. Scott McTominay is set to miss out, although there has been murmurings he could well make it. Ashley Young remains out, although they could welcome back Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic.
Long-term absentee Paul Pogba is still missing and nowhere nearer a return.
Regardless of Man United’s status in the league now, it remains the biggest fixture on the calendar for many a Blade.
Bramall Lane is completely sold out. The away fans will make their usual racket and that should ensure for a raucous atmosphere in S2.
Furthermore, three points are at stake and could be crucial. The Blades continue to defy the odds and climb the table, while the Red Devils will want to ensure their recent good run of form sees them move up the table.
History is on the side of the away side too. Last time out at Bramall Lane saw a Wayne Rooney double give them three points. Prior to that, Man U have won two times in the FA Cup at Bramall Lane, while the Premier League meeting before that saw them run out 3-0 winners.
Of course, Blades fans have good memories too of home clashes with the Red Devils. Brian Deane’s first ever Premier League goal in a 2-1 win one of the better memories at Bramall Lane of the last few decades.
In other news, there’s also a return to Bramall Lane for Harry Maguire. He will be hoping for a good reception off the home supporters.
The game will be shown live on Sky Sports on Sunday 24th November. Kick-off 4:30pm.
Our view and prediction
It’s going to be a huge game for both clubs and a tough one for the Blades. For all the good form and performances, playing Manchester United always brings a few problems with it.
Chris Wilder will be well prepared, however, and will be looking for his side to go toe to toe with one of the world’s giants.
Sheffield United can get the win but the away side shouldn’t be taken lightly at all. We’re going for goals. Wide areas will be key for both teams and that’s where the game might be won or lost.
Predicted score: Sheffield United 2-2 Manchester United