In a big game for both teams' hopes of qualifying for Europe, out-of-form Sheffield United travel to face Manchester United.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Manchester United extended their unbeaten run to 12 games last time out.
Expert Verdict: Manchester United were rusty on their return to Premier League action but they got a point against Spurs, whereas Sheffield United have drawn with struggling Aston Villa and lost heavily to Newcastle with ten men. The Blades' momentum has gone following the break, and the hosts can pull clear with a win in this game.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford returned to face Spurs, with United one of the teams to have profited from the season’s enforced pause. Only Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain out and it is likely neither will have played anyway. Pogba could start this time.
Marcus Rashford – His off-the-pitch work earned him many fans during lockdown, and now he will want to get back to goalscoring ways on the pitch.
Bruno Fernandes – Another goal last time out, this time from the penalty spot, as he returned to action in the same vein of form as he finished in March.
Paul Pogba – The extension to the season has given the enigmatic Frenchman a chance at reviving his fortunes at Old Trafford. He is certainly good enough to do so.
Manchester United are now unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions, with their return to action ending in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur. Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty was enough to earn a share of the spoils.
Goalkeeper:David de Gea
Defenders:Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Midfielders:Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Paul Pogba, Brandon Williams
Forwards:Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial
Sheffield United are going to be short for this match, with Dean Henderson unavailable against his parent club and John Egan suspended, meaning at least two enforced changes. Phil Jagielka turned his ankle and so may miss out on the chance to replace Egan, leaving the Blades short at the back given Jack O’Connell could also miss out.
Simon Moore – Dean Henderson has been outstanding this season but, with the Man United loanee sidelined, the stand-in stopper needs to step up.
Billy Sharp – The popular Blades captain scored winning goals in two games before the season paused and could be their key to getting back in the goals.
John Fleck – One of the goalscorers when these teams last met, he returned to the side last time out and will want to get back to the form he showed pre-lockdown.
Sheffield United have not scored since their season restarted, after a goalless draw with Aston Villa – though that did include a controversial ‘goal’ missed by goal-line technology – and a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle last time out, in which John Egan was red-carded.
Defenders:Kieran Freeman, Chris Basham, Jack Robinson
Midfielders:George Baldock, John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Enda Stevens
Forwards:Billy Sharp, Lys Mousset
Sheffield United have not beaten Manchester United in the league since the Premier League’s opening day back in 1992. This season’s meeting in November saw the Blades go 2-0 up through John Fleck and Lys Mousset, only for Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford to hit back. Oli McBurnie snatched a late equaliser, however, as it finished 3-3.
Manchester United have been in excellent form and they ensured they added another point to the tally at Tottenham on their return at the weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have Bruno Fernandes in fine form since he joined United and he added another goal to his tally from the penalty spot.
They now have a big chance to climb further clear of Sheffield United in the battle for European qualification, with the Blades struggling on their own return.
Sluggish in their first game back against Aston Villa, albeit unlucky too, they then suffered a 3-0 loss to Newcastle last time out and had John Egan sent off.
With Jack O’Connell already sidelined and Dean Henderson ineligible, their solid defence is being disrupted badly and that could also prove costly.
Add to that, the fact Marcus Rashford is back up front for United and Paul Pogba could come back into the starting XI too, and the Blades could be in for a difficult evening.
So impressive before lockdown, this could be a third game without a win for Chris Wilder’s side as their season ends in disappointing fashion.
Certainly for the hosts, this is a must-win game and a big chance to open up a gap on the chasing teams.
Manchester United are favourites for this match, at a best price of 4/9 to win with Bet365.
With Sheffield United lacking goals, you can bet against both teams to score at 4/6 with Bet365.
There were six goals when they last met, but under 2.5 goals this time will return 10/11 with Bet365.
Marcus Rashford is evens to score at any time with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, while in-form Bruno Fernandes can be backed at 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
Manchester United have their best attacking players back, whereas the Sheffield United defence will be a makeshift one. It does not bode well for the visitors.