The Red Devils’ offence really picked up when Paul Pogba was brought on as a substitute in Friday's draw. He could start on Wednesday.
We were 2-for-2 on Premier League picks last week, hitting on Manchester City beating Arsenal and Aston Villa drawing against Sheffield United. In one of five matches this Wednesday, Manchester United is a -265 home favourite over Sheffield United (+724) with a draw at +335 on the soccer odds. It’s set to begin at 1 p.m. ET. The over-under for goals is 2.5, with the under favoured.
Manchester United Odds and News
Manchester United sits fifth in the Premier League table with 46 points, tied with Wolverhampton. Sheffield United is seventh with 44 points. Man U has a goal differential of plus-14 and Sheffield United just plus-2.
The Red Devils returned from the coronavirus shutdown with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur last Friday, keeping Manchester United unbeaten in its past six EPL matches. It last was beaten 2-0 by Burnley on Jan. 22. Against Tottenham Hotspur, Bruno Fernandes had the lone goal for Man U, coming on a penalty shot in the 81st minute. It was the third goal and sixth point in as many EPL games for Fernandes since signing from Sporting Lisbon.
Steven Bergwijn had given Spurs a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute by beating David De Gea. United was originally given another penalty shot in the 90th minute but that was overturned on replay. The Red Devils’ offence really picked up when Paul Pogba was brought on as a substitute. It was Pogba’s first appearance since Boxing Day. There’s talk he could move into the starting lineup for this match. Defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones missed the match due to injury and Victor Lindelof limped off near the end. Their status is still unclear.
Sheffield United Odds and News
Sheffield United had a scoreless draw vs. Aston Villa last Wednesday and then lost 3-0 at Newcastle United on Sunday. Sheffield United was down to 10 men early in the second half (all three goals were scored after halftime) when defender John Egan collected his second yellow card. He will thus be suspended for this match.
Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson is ineligible to play against Manchester United because it loaned him to Sheffield United. Either Simon Moore or Michael Verrips will start in net. The status of injured players Jack O’Connell, Phil Jagielka and David McGoldrick are up in the air.
Sheffield United hasn’t won a match at Manchester United since Boxing Day 1973 – the sides haven’t played there, though, in EPL action since 2007. When Sheffield United hosted the Reds on Nov. 24 at Bramall Lane, they drew 3-3. Substitute Oliver McBurnie tied it for the hosts with a stoppage-time goal. They had blown a 2-0 second-half lead. Moore was in net then for the Blades.
The favourite for anytime goalscorer in this match is Man U’s Marcus Rashford at +140. He had a goal in the last meeting. The shortest odds for a Sheffield United player is +350 for Billy Sharp, who didn’t score in the 3-3 draw. That both teams score is +119 with no at -189. The Red Devils are -286 favourites to score first.
Manchester United vs. Sheffield United Score Prediction
Manchester United 2, Sheffield United 0 – priced +370 on the exact score prop.