Back again for more football. It’s a feast of… no, I’m not going to say it. But there the games are coming thick and fast this evening. In fact all season, really. This time it looks like a bit of a mismatch as title-challengers (yes, really – at least at this stage) Manchester United take on the club at the very bottom of the pile, the club with just one win from their 19 games so far. And only two draws in that time, too. Yes, Sheffield United look doomed to relegation, as they have done for quite some time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not quite worked wonders for United, but you cannot argue with a significant upturn in results and their position in the table, even though there are still a fair few areas that need work. Their form overall is excellent, having only lost two of their last 14 games in all competitions. Their league form is even more impressive – since they lost to Arsenal on November 1, they are unbeaten, winning a total of 30 points from a possible 36 in that time, or 2.5 a game.
An FA Cup win over Liverpool at the weekend was obviously a significant moment – coming a week on from a 0-0 draw in the league – and one which underlined the malaise the defending champions find themselves in. It would be easy to get carried away but it is impossible to deny the progress that United have made this season. Bruno Fernandes has again been leading from the front, with excellent performances from Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford and a few others like Luke Shaw, too.
As for Chris Wilder’s side? It’s grim, really. Even grimmer when you consider they would have entered this season with hopes of at least staying up following an excellent season last time. The chances of them getting anything here are slim but this is just 90 minutes and it has been a strange old season.
Game kicks off at 8.15pm GMT and we’ll be back with the team news very shortly.