It’s here. Sheffield United take on Manchester City today in the FA Cup semi-final as they look to produce the almightiest of shocks.
The Blades travel to London with a healthy following of around 30,000 looking to put themselve into the FA Cup final and with it, a chance at European football.
Manager Paul Heckingbottom has a healthy record at Wembley and he’ll be hoping to add to that against City.
Of course, changes are needed to the first XI, mainly enforced. We’ve had a look, then, at who will get the nod when Sheffield United take on Manchester City.
The Blades are dealt a hammer blow with news that both James McAtee and Tommy Doyle cannot play. Pep Guardiola alluded to the fact he’d have liked both to have taken part. Alas, FA rule dictate that both miss out.
Beyond that, it’s business as usual with the usual suspects out for United. There could well be a place on the bench for a returning Enda Stevens, while Ismaila Coulibaly will also be hoping to be involved in the squad.
Anel Ahmedhodzic is still awaiting the birth of his child as far as we know. He could miss out if he gets the call, with Chris Basham likely to be on standby.
Predicted Sheffield United XI
We think it will be much of the same from Paul Heckingbottom. The big call is in midfield where Hecky must replace both Doyle and McAtee. Oliver Norwood is almost certain to start but there are questions over John Fleck, who was poor in midweek.
The Scot is likely to start though simply due to lack of options.
Up front, Oli McBurnie and Iliman Ndiaye should start despite the heartwarming calls for Billy Sharp to get the nod to lead the Blades out at Wembley.