Sheffield United vs. Manchester United – EPL Pick December 17

A pair of United clubs will match-up on Thursday of Gameweek 13 in a battle where both Man United and Sheffield United desperately will seek victories.

Sheffield United have had a brutal start to this campaign under Chris WIlder. This has been a little surprising considering how well they did last year, priding themselves on rigid structure and defensive play.

For Manchester United, it’s quickly veering toward another lost season. Already out of the Champions League, Man U aren’t having too much success domestically either. They’ve been maddeningly inconsistent, and this continues to be a squad playing wildly below expectations.

With the sheer amount of desperation for a victory from both camps, it should make for a fascinating encounter to close out this gameweek. Surely both Sheffield United and Manchester United will feel that they have a real shot at victory here, and look for both to push for a much-needed three points.

As always, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further team news, tactical analysis, and a betting prediction. Enjoy the match, folks!

Sheffield United vs. Manchester United Betting Odds:

Sheffield United (+620)
Manchester United (-225)
Draw (+360)

Over 2.5 (-130)
Under 2.5 (+110)

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Sheffield United vs. Manchester United Pick:

Manager Chris Wilder fortunately doesn’t enter this clash with any new injury concerns among his side. That said, the squad as currently constructed seemingly isn’t good enough. They will again line-up in a likely 3-5-2 formation, and though they’ll attempt to load the middle of the pitch and clog up passing lanes and prevent against Man U’s speed – it just isn’t working this season for the Blades.

They offer very little up front with David McGoldrick, and their three at the back consistently get overrun and exposed. Don’t expect Man United to show the front-line of Sheffield all that much respect, and nor should they given their poor form and low expected goal totals.

For Man United, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to be without their most reliable striker right now in Edinson Cavani. The veteran has clearly provided a much-needed boost to a lacklustre United attack, but the depth and speed still within the squad remains elite.

Look for the Red Devils to really try and push the pace from the outset. They’ll play aggressively in a 4-2-3-1 formation, that often looks like four outright strikers. Anthony Martial should lead the line, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in rapid support. Those three have slowed down with their scoring pace lately, but Sheff

My Pick
Man United
Will S. / Author

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