Manchester United have a golden opportunity to take advantage of various rivals’ recent slip-ups as they head to bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United tonight.
While Premier League champions Liverpool lead the way after beating Tottenham on Wednesday, the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Leicester City have all been off form of late.
The problem for Solskjaer’s team is, as ever, inconsistency, with fans treated to thrilling wins one week and meek defeats just days later.
On paper, the Red Devils should make light work of a Sheffield United team who have just one point from 12 games – but this is exactly the sort of match in which Solskjaer’s squad have struggled to make an impact.
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Score prediction: Man Utd to win 2-0
Despite their desperate run of results, Sheffield United have rarely been hammered so Solskjaer’s men may not have things all their own way.
However, the Blades have been so blunt going forwards it is difficult to see how they get anything out of the game.
Man United have been inconsistent this season, but you’d expect them to play with more freedom than they did in the draw against Man City. If they can keep things tight at the back and offer more in attack, it should be a routine win.
Man Utd predicted lineup
Here is how we think the Red Devils will look tonight…
United XI (4-3-3): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford
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Last meeting: Man Utd 3-0 Sheff Utd (June 24, 2020)
How to watch
Live stream: Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch the match online.
Sheffield Utd team news
Oli McBurnie is a doubt for the hosts with a shoulder injury. A late call is set to be made on the Scotland international, with Blades boss Chris Wilder saying it is a “touch and go” situation.
Provisional squad: Ramsdale, Verrips, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Egan, Lowe, Jagielka, Robinson, Bogle, Ampadu, Fleck, Lundstram, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, McBurnie, Sharp, Mousset, Burke, McGoldrick, Brewster.
Man Utd team news
Edinson Cavani is set to miss a third-straight United match. The 33-year-old has returned to training after sustaining a knock at West Ham but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect to have him back for the trip.
Anthony Martial is pushing to start after coming off the bench in Saturday’s goalless draw with Man City, while Solskjaer revealed Marcos Rojo is out until January after a calf issue flared up. Injured defender Phil Jones and back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero are not registered in the Premier League squad.
Provisional squad: De Gea, Henderson, Grant, Wan-Bissaka, Fosu-Mensah, Lindelof, Maguire, Mengi, Tuanzebe, Telles, Shaw, Williams, Fred, Pogba, McTominay, Fernandes, Matic, Van De Beek, Lingard, James, Mata, Ighalo, Martial, Rashford.
Hello and welcome to another evening of festive Premier League action as Sheffield United host Manchester United at Bramall Lane!