Manchester United aims to reaffirm favoritism against Sheffield United

Red Devils to face Premier League bottom-dwellers in postponed match
Coventry City v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final
Coventry City v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Manchester United faces yet another challenge in their journey towards consolidation in the Premier League. Following an exciting victory over Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final, attention now turns to the postponed 29th round clash against Sheffield United. Amidst a landscape filled with absences and expectations, the Red Devils seek to reaffirm their favoritism and continue their pursuit of a higher position in the table.

Manchester United's situation is one of relative stability but not without its hurdles. The team currently occupies 7th place in the Premier League, amassing 50 points thus far. The absentee list is extensive and concerning. Injuries have plagued the team, with key players such as Malacia, Martial, Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martínez, and Lindelof sidelined. Uncertainty looms over the participation of other important names such as Varane, Evans, Garnacho, Kambwala, Amrabat, Rashford, McTominay, and Mount, who will be reassessed before the game.

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Sheffield United finds themselves in a rather precarious position. Bottom of the Premier League, the team has gone nine games without a win, with six defeats in this period, including two consecutive losses. Despite the difficulties, the team is not willing to give up easily. The clash against Manchester United represents a crucial opportunity to try to reverse the situation and seek a late-season revival.

The head-to-head record between Manchester United and Sheffield United in the Premier League heavily favors the Red Devils. In 11 games played, Manchester United emerged victorious on 11 occasions, while Sheffield United managed only two wins, along with one draw.

In the last five encounters between the two teams, Manchester United secured three wins, one draw, and one loss, while Sheffield United recorded one win, two draws, and two losses. These recent results highlight the competitiveness that can be expected in this fixture, despite the overall historical disparity.

The probable lineups indicate how the teams are likely to shape up on the field. Manchester United may feature players such as Onana, Dalot, Casemiro, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Mainoo, Eriksen, Antony (or Rashford), Bruno Fernandes, Garnacho, and Hojlund. On the other hand, Sheffield United is expected to field a lineup including Grbic, Bogle, Ahmedhodzic, Trusty, Osborn, Vinicius Souza, Arblaster, Hamer, McAtee, McBurnie, and Brereton Díaz.