Premier League | Manchester Utd VS Sheffield Utd; Thursday, 25 April at 03:00 GMT +8

Manchester United secured their spot in the FA Cup final for the second time, but suffered a nail-biting loss in the final 20 minutes, losing to resilient Championship side Coventry via a 4-2 penalty shootout. Despite setting a record 22nd FA Cup final appearance, the Sky Blues have little reason to celebrate, as they have gone winless in regular 90 minutes across six consecutive fixtures, drawing on five occasions and suffering one loss. However, the Red Devils have a stellar record against the newly-promoted team, triumphing 14 times and only sharing points once in the last 15 such-type clashes.

The Blades, on the other hand, were utterly demolished by Burnley in a humiliating 1-4 loss, leaving them at the foot of the Premier League table, 10 points adrift of safety with just five rounds left to play. Chris Wilder’s men are unlikely to orchestrate a escape from the bottom three come the season’s end, as they have rarely been on the winning side this term. Sheffield United have endured a dismal run of form, adding just three points from the available 27 and conceding 29 goals.

Despite the lack of defensive stability on both sides, the Red Devils are confident that they will run out victorious and earn crucial three points to maintain their European pressure.

Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag will not feature Jonny Evans, Raphaël Varane, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelöf, and Lisandro Martínez due to injuries. The Red Devils will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, featuring Andre Onana, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Diogo Dalot, Kobbie Mainoo, Scott McTominay, A. Matheus dos, Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho, and Rasmus Højlund.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder faces limited availability due to injuries to Chris Basham and John Egan. The Blades may use a 3-5-2 system, starting Ivo Grbic, Jayden Bogle, Anel Ahmedhodzic, Auston Trusty, James McAtee, Oliver Arblaster, Gustavo Hamer, Ben Osborn, Vinicius Souza, Oliver McBurnie, and Ben Brereton Díaz.

Predicted lineups:

Manchester Utd

Goalkeeper: Andre Onana
Defenders: Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders: Sofyan Amrabat, Mason Mount, Bruno Fernandes, Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo
Forwards: Rasmus Hojlund

Sheffield Utd

Goalkeeper: Ivo Grbic
Defenders: Auston Trusty, Anel Ahmedhodzic, Mason Holgate
Midfielders: Gustavo Hamer, Jayden Bogle, Ben Osborn, Oliver Arblaster, Yasser Larouci
Forwards: Oli McBurnie, Ben Brereton Diaz

  • Manchester Utd – 4 wins
  • Sheffield Utd – 1 win
  • Draws – 1

Over all competition record

Premier League Standings

Sheffield United may break down Manchester United, but may not prevent a 2-1 victory. The match is expected to be tight and even.

Winning probability:

Manchester Utd – 72%

Draw – 16%

Sheffield Utd – 12%

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