Predicted Manchester United XI v Sheffield United

Manchester United are back at Old Trafford this Wednesday to take on Sheffield United.

It is a big game, with the Blades just two points behind us in the Premier League table.

Our draw against Tottenham enabled Chelsea to extend their lead in fourth to five points. A win is an absolute must.

Changes expected

The packed fixture schedule means United have to make changes, with a FA Cup quarter-final taking place just days later.

We anticipate two changes in central midfield, with Fred and Scott McTominay out, and Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in.


Pogba and Matic both looked sharp when they came off the bench, and this midfield may be United’s best. They have earned a shot to show what they can do as a trio with Bruno Fernandes.

We can two changes in defence, with Brandon Williams brought in at left-back. He scored against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the previous game.

Victor Lindelof limped off late against Tottenham, and United have no reason to risk him, when a fully fit Eric Bailly is available.

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One of the following two changes is very likely. Dan James is expected to drop to the bench after a poor performance against Tottenham.

There is debate over who should come in. Mason Greenwood has a strong case, but we foresee Juan Mata getting the nod, and the teenager being used from the bench.

The remaining dilemma is up front. Should Anthony Martial keep his place, or will he drop out after an underwhelming performance against Spurs?

This match may be suitable to bring in Odion Ighalo, for his superior hold-up play, against a normally tough Blades defence, to help out the talented attackers around him.

Martial would then come back in for the FA Cup game with Norwich on Saturday.

Option B

Five changes may only be necessary if the players’ fitness is not holding up. Solskjaer may prefer to only make a maximum of four.

This is a look at the line-up if Greenwood gets the nod out wide, Martial retains his place up front, as does Luke Shaw in defence.

Sheffield United have injury and suspension problems at the back, and a three-pronged forward line of Greenwood, Martial and Rashford could ruthlessly take advantage.

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