Sheffield United is pinning its hopes on a much-needed reset after a couple of weeks off as they continue their quest for their first win since returning to the Premier League.
However, the pressure isn’t only on the Blades; it’s also on Erik ten Hag, who needs Manchester United to show more consistency to re-enter the top-four race.
Sheffield United faces injury setbacks, with Chris Basham still hospitalized after a horrific injury at Fulham, and John Egan and Tom Davies unavailable.
George Baldock’s return remains uncertain, potentially prompting a formation change for Paul Heckingbottom.
For Manchester United, Casemiro’s absence, which might have been a significant blow last season, holds less impact this term due to the Brazilian’s struggles.
The possibility of Sofyan Amrabat partnering with Scott McTominay is being considered if Ten Hag opts for two defensive midfielders.
While Raphael Varane may return, Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez are still sidelined. Despite Manchester United‘s inconsistent form, Sheffield United faces an uphill battle to secure its first win in eight games.
Although Manchester United has been inconsistent, they did finish the previous round with a 2-1 victory over Brentford, providing some relief.
Paul Heckingbottom noted that, in patches, Ten Hag’s team displays impressive football. While Sheffield United’s injury troubles persist, their opponents have a good chance to secure a win.
The last visiting team to Bramall Lane, Newcastle, scored eight goals, emphasizing the need for an early lead against Sheffield United, whose morale can drop quickly.
With their attacking prowess, Manchester United has the tools to secure an easy victory.