Manchester United’s bid to qualify for the Champions League continues on Wednesday as they welcome top five rivals Sheffield United to an empty Old Trafford.
The Red Devils didn’t get the three points they were hoping for against former boss Jose Mourinho last Friday as Tottenham Hotspur dug deep for a 1-1 draw after exploiting questionable moments from Harry Maguire and David de Gea to take the lead.
United were left dominating against Spurs’ low block and eventually saw their pressure tell when substitute Paul Pogba won a penalty, which Bruno Fernandes stepped up to convert to make it 1-1. Pogba showed several flashes of quality in his cameo and may be in line for his first start of 2020 here. He’s 11/2 to open the scoring, 15/8 to score anytime and 50/1 to bag a hat-trick.
Still, they can put the pressure on Chelsea and move within two points of the top four here, and extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches (eight wins, five draws) - which has included 10 clean sheets and just three clean sheets. They’re 11/10 to win to nil here.
The reverse fixture was a memorable 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane last November in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fought back from two goals behind to take the lead before conceding an injury-time equaliser to Oli McBurnie. A repeat of that scoreline is a massive 100/1.
Sheffield United have enjoyed a remarkable season and would even leapfrog the hosts into fifth with a win here, but they’ve looked a little off-colour since the restart, playing out a 0-0 draw with relegation-battling Aston Villa before suffering a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.
John Egan will be suspended here after his two books in Tyneside, so Chris Wilder will be forced to rejig his tried-and-trusted back three, something they evidently struggled with after conceding all three goals to the Magpies after his dismissal.
We recommend backing Bruno Fernandes to score anytime here at 13/8. The Portuguese has scored four goals in his last seven appearances for the club and appears to be the club’s new designated penalty-taker after dispatching from the spot last time out.
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