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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Sheffield United

Back from the International Break, can Manchester United blunt the Blades?

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Manchester United are looking for back-to-back victories in the Premier League for the first time this season, as they head to Bramall Lane to face 20th placed Sheffield United in the Saturday night kick off game.

We should however, start with two disclosures: one, the International Break should eradicate any form (good or bad); two, this is Manchester United so it will almost always be a coin flip which team shows up.

Manchester United, hot off an easy 2-1 victory against Brentford (smirks…), head to Bramall Lane for a late-night kick off in the Premier Leagues 9th round of matches. We’re 8 games through the 38 game season and are already sitting slap bang in the middle of the table after 4 wins, and 4 losses. Hey at least it’s one or the other right!

Sheffield United, “The Blades” (sounds intimidating right?), are rock-bottom. 20th, with just 1 point to their name after a 2-2 result against Everton back in September. Surely. Surely to god this cannot be their first home win of the season against a newly revitalized United squad complete with a returning Varane, Amrabat and International-break-positive-vibes-retreat-patrons McTominay and Maguire.

In 10 Premier League outings, Man United have won 7 of them, Sheffield 2 with just the one draw. The Red Devils have scored in ALL 10 of their meetings, every last one of them, so there’s absolutely no reason to suggest that wont happen under the floodlights in Yorkshire on Saturday.

I must stress, Sheffield United have conceded two or more goals in EACH of their last seven Premier League games… This cannot be the day to end records.

Ten Hag and his merry-men should be rocking up to Bramall Lane, fueled with international performing confidence and take down any scrap of confidence that they can “do us”.

Manchester United will be looking to claim back-to-back victories for the first time this season, a season which is currently the clubs worst ever start to a top-flight season for 34 years. It’s dire, lads. So let’s go full-Delia Smith and let’s be ‘avin them!

With Sir Jim’s shadow looming over Old Trafford, will that cast any clouds over the players? The manager? The staff? Can the uncertainty at the top of the club spur them to victory or lay incompetence’s at their feet as they stumble to yet another shaky performance?

Time will tell, and there’s only 90 mins (plus 10 extra, obvs.) to show which United side have returned from their International jollies.

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