After putting their eight game win-less streak behind them with a 2-1 win against Swansea City, Manchester United will now focus on the weekend FA Cup.
Sheffield United might be seen as a lower grade club, but presently they represent the giant slayer, given that they have knocked out some teams in the higher division from domestic Cups since January 2014 (Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham United, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers)
Manchester United vs Sheffield United : Form Guide
Manchester United’s last two games was a bit different from the rest of the season given that they had a combined 31 shots on goal for the 180 minutes, this implies that Van Gaal has given his players more freedom to attack.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United have won five of their last six games and despite the fact that they lost their last game at home, they went on a five-games winning streak before that.
Manchester United vs Sheffield United : Head to Head
This teams met for the last time in Sheffield United’s one-season spell in the Premier League in 2006-07.
The Red Devils emerged victorious by a 2-0 and 2-1 score-line with Wayne Rooney scoring in both matches.
Manchester United : Team News
Adnan Januzaj’s Dortmund loan has been cut short due to lack of playing time, and the player could feature if registered before 5pm Friday, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw are all out on Long-term injuries, while Ashley Young and Phil Jones are seen as doubts after limping off against Swansea City.
Sheffield United : Team News
The only player that is sure not to feature is Craig Alcock as he has joined Doncaster Rovers for an undisclosed amount.
Manchester United : Predicted line-up
Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Schneiderlin; Pereira, Herrera, Martial; Rooney
Sheffield United : Predicted line-up
Long; Brayford, Edgar, Collins, McEveley; Coutts, Basham, Hammond, Woolford; Sammon, Sharp
Manchester United vs Sheffield United : Prediction
FA Cup might Louis Van Gaal’s only shot to a silverware, and he’ll do his utmost best to avoid a second trophy-less season during his reign and a third since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
My prediction is Manchester United 3-1 Sheffield, they should have enough fire power to brush aside Saturday’s visitors even though they might not have been playing classic game recently.