Manchester United v Sheffield United Recent Form
Manchester United come into this match with a 13-match unbeaten run and four wins in their last five league games. They beat Fulham 2-1 on Wednesday night to go top of the Premier League. Sheffield United lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur last time out but beat Newcastle United in the fixture before that.
Manchester United v Sheffield United Recent Matchups
Manchester United won 3-2 when the sides met in the reverse fixture just a month ago. Marcus Rashford’s second-half goal was enough for the three points and for United to continue their excellent record against the Blades. The Red Devils have won nine of their last 10 matches against Sheffield United in all competitions.
Manchester United v Sheffield United Stats & Analysis
The Premier League’s form sides are both in Manchester right now. City look unstoppable but United climbed top of the table with their 2-1 win over Fulham last week. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have gone from strength to strength in recent weeks with a style of play that often leads to high-scoring matches.
The difference-maker for them has been their improving home form. It was never a struggle winning points on the road as they’ve thrived. But United took just a point from their first four Premier League home matches this season. That changed after the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and they’ve won four of their last five home league games.
United have also done a better job of keeping the goals out at the other end. It took them until mid-January to keep their first Premier League clean sheet away from home this season. That was a part of an ongoing effort by Solskjaer to secure their backline. It’s worked out well as Manchester United have conceded an average of just 0.40 goals per game in their last five league fixtures.
Sheffield United are at the other end of the spectrum and table. The Blades have conceded freely and have the worst away form in the division. They’ve taken just one point from their nine away league matches this season and are still on course to set an unwelcome record. No side in Premier League history has had fewer points at this stage of the season than Sheffield United currently have.
Manchester United v Sheffield United Bets
So it’s no surprise to see that Manchester United are the massive favourites to win this one. The Red Devils are just 2/7 to secure the three points and to continue their excellent run of form in the Premier League. A draw is 11/2 and Sheffield United are way out at 12/1 to get what would be their first league away in almost 12 months. A Sheffield United win or a draw double chance is 16/5 if you fancy the hosts to drop points.
But a United win is by far the likeliest outcome. They’ve shown their defensive solidity in recent weeks and the Blades have hardly been prolific in front of goal. Manchester United to win to nil seems likely at 20/21.
But that’s still not great value. Instead, it may be worth backing a high-scoring win for the hosts. United have the third-highest average number of total match goals this season at 3.21 so they’re certainly capable of scoring. The hosts, Manchester United are 11/5 to win with a European handicap of 0-2 to the visitors and 11/2 for 0-3.
There are goalscoring options all over the pitch. Edinson Cavani could feature after grabbing a goal in his last Premier League outing. The Uruguayan is 20/21 to score anytime so there may be better options. Paul Pogba is a 7/2 anytime goalscorer while Harry Maguire is out at 11/2 to do the same. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rotated his squad for this match amid so many fixtures. Dan James and Donny van de Beek are 10/1 and 9/1 respectively to score the last goal of the game.