The Blades take on Manchester United in two weeks’ time at Bramall Lane.
Chris Wilder’s men welcome the Premier League giants sitting above them in the table. An inconsistent campaign has seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges struggle so far this year. However, five wins from the last six in all competitions have got the Red Devils motoring a bit.
For Sheffield United, it represents a chance to test themselves against another giant of English football. After narrowly losing to Liverpool, the Blades have done well against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Spurs.
And one key stat will have the Blades thinking that they can get another big scalp under their belts when Manchester United visit.
That stat? Well, Manchester United’s away record leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, since beating Fulham away in February, they have only won once outside of Old Trafford in the Premier League. That win came against Norwich City just a few weeks back.
It’s certainly a worrying stat for the Man United fans, especially given Sheffield United’s home form. They’ve won each of their last two games at Bramall Lane, keeping clean-sheets in both.
Why the Blades will fancy their chances
Despite losing three times at home this season, United have arguably deserved something from all three. Dean Henderson cost them against Liverpool, while a Harvey Barnes stunner helped Leicester get a win. The loss at Southampton was entirely avoidable but the Blades left their shooting boots at home that day.
The three wins they do have, all come with no goals against. It’s enough to give Chris Wilder and his team cause for optimism.
A look, too, at who Man United have lost out to away from home will also perk the interest of the Blades. Losses this season against struggling sides like Newcastle United and West Ham, coupled with a hammering at Everton towards the back end of last term suggest that Solskjaer’s men can crumble on the road.
The Blades will welcome Manchester United to Bramall Lane with open arms. They won’t, however, simply let the 13-time Premier League champions have their own way.