Competition: FA Cup – Manchester United vs. Sheffield United
Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, January 9 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Man United 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Sheffield United 8/1
Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening, with the Blades hoping to cause a major upset.
United manager Louis Van Gaal has been under immense pressure in recent weeks but he watched his side start 2016 in the right way as they beat Swansea 2-1 last Saturday.
That victory ended a winless run of eight in all competitions and the Red Devils will now expect to record back-to-back wins by booking a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Van Gaal is unlikely to make too many changes as he knows that Sheffield United will arrive at Old Trafford desperate to cause an upset.
The Blades started 2016 in disappointing fashion as they lost 3-2 at home to Peterborough, ending a run of four straight wins in all competitions.
They beat Worcester City and Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup to reach the third round and manager Nigel Adkins will now hope to guide his side to the fourth round for the fifth straight season.
However, Sheffield United will need to end a run of six consecutive defeats against the Red Devils to have any success. They last won at Old Trafford in 1973 and so history isn’t on the visiting team’s side.
Manchester United’s last five in all competitions: L/L/L/D/W
Sheffield United’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last six games against Sheffield United in all competitions by an aggregate scoreline of 13-1.
Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The United captain got a much needed goal in the 2-1 win against Swansea last time out and will look to build on that with another impressive performance against the Blades here.
Manchester United 2-1 Sheffield United – This could be a tight game and one that is likely to be closer than Manchester United would like. Sheffield United have been very good in the FA Cup over recent seasons and will look to try and pile more misery on Louis Van Gaal. However, home advantage should allow the Red Devils to prove their quality by sealing the win.