Sheffield United travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday night to take on Manchester United in a head-to-head battle for European contention.
The Blades are without a win since returning to action, getting stunned by Newcastle on the weekend after a controversial 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, and Chris Wilder's side risk dropping out of the European spots if they fail to get a positive result against the Red Devils.
Following their dropping of points at Tottenham, United have fallen further behind Chelsea in the race for the last remaining top four spot. In their first game back at Old Trafford since the coronavirus hiatus, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are in need of a win in order to keep their hopes of Champions League football alive.
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Axel Tuanzebe is likely to remain absent, while Victor Lindelof could feature after coming off with a knock against Spurs on Friday evening. Phil Jones sat out Friday's match, but may have recovered in time for Wednesday.
John Fleck completed more than 70 minutes on the weekend as he continues his recovery and could be in line for another start, but centre-back Jack O'Connell is out with a knee injury and John Egan is suspended after being sent off on Sunday.
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay, Fernandes; James, Rashford, Martial.
Sheffield United: Henderson; Basham, Jagielka, Robinson; Baldock, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, Stevens; McBurnie, Sharp.
Manchester United are riding a 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions, though a draw was all they could muster against Spurs in their return to Premier League action. With three wins in their last five outings, United are enjoying a good run of form and will be entering into Wednesday night's clash with confidence.
Coming off the back of their flat performance against Newcastle at the weekend, the Blades are still seeking that elusive first win since the restart – although they'd have picked it up at the first time of asking had it not been for a malfunctioning goalline technology system.
Here's how the two teams have fared in their last five outings.
Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd (19/6)
LASK 0-5 Man Utd (12/3)
Man Utd 2-0 Man City (8/3)
Derby 0-3 Man Utd (5/3)
Everton 1-1 Man Utd (1/3)
Newcastle 3-0 Sheffield Utd (21/6)
Aston Villa 0-0 Sheffield Utd (17/6)
Sheffield Utd 1-0 Norwich (7/3)
Reading 1-2 Sheffield Utd (3/3)
Sheffield Utd 1-1 Brighton (22/2)
The Blades will be a little shaky after their poor performance at the weekend, and with games coming thick and fast for Wilder's men, you have to imagine the Red Devils will capitalise. Three matches in a week is a lot to ask for for a team that hardly rotate their lineups.
With Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford back in contention, Solskjaer's side are a different animal. United will be keen to avenge their 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture in November, expect the quality in the side to see them through.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Sheffield United
Source : 90min