Kick-off: 1800, 24/06/2020
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United will be aiming to extend a six-match unbeaten run in the Premier League when they welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford.
They were on course for defeat at Tottenham on Friday night but a second-half penalty from Bruno Fernandes rescued a point, while Sheffield United slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.
The visitors have failed to score in seven of their eight defeats this season and a home win to nil is our opening Man Utd vs Sheff Utd prediction at 11/10.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United needed a spot-kick to earn a draw at Tottenham but it was the least they deserved for an improved second-half performance.
The introduction of Paul Pogba was one of the turning points, with the Frenchman coming on just after the hour in north London to make a first appearance since December following an injury nightmare.
The midfielder made a big impact, earning the 81st-minute penalty with a sublime piece of skill that allowed Fernandes to score and cancel out Steven Bergwijn’s opener for Spurs.
It was interesting to note that Fernades took the spot-kick despite Pogba being on the bench, which suggests the January signing is now the first-choice penalty taker at the club.
Fernandes has now scored three penalties for United in all competitions and the Red Devils have scored the most spot-kicks in the Premier League this season with seven.
With that in mind, we’re backing Fernandes to score first at 11/2 in the Man Utd vs Sheff Utd odds.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Fernandes, James, McTominay, Martial, Rashford.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Sheffield United were in good form before lockdown after a favourable run of fixtures saw them pick up 11 points from five matches to remain in contention for a European place.
Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle was a major disappointment, though, and their squad will be tested over the next few weeks, with games against Tottenham, Wolves, Chelsea and Leicester on the horizon.
The dismissal of John Egan on Tyneside means he is suspended for this game while on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson is ineligible against his parent club.
Defender Jack O’Connell has also missed the Blades’ two matches since the resumption after suffering an impact injury in training following a collision with Henderson.
With the visitors having two days less to prepare for this game than their hosts, this could be a tough afternoon for them given the options available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer off the bench in comparison to Chris Wilder.
The Red Devils have won both the first half and second half in each of their last six Premier League wins and a repeat appeals at 23/10 as our final Man Utd vs Sheff Utd prediction.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, McBurnie, Sharp.
Tottenham 1-1 MAN UTD – Bruno Fernandes (pen)
Newcastle 3-0 SHEFF UTD
Head-to-head: Sheff Utd 3-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 Sheff Utd
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