Sheffield United v Manchester United Betting Preview 24/11/2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was very impressed with the performance of his Manchester United team against Brighton a fortnight ago. It wasn’t the toughest test that they’ll face all season but United went about their business in the sort of dominant fashion that their fans expect of them at Old Trafford.

It will be tough for Man Utd to be anything like as dominant when they travel to Bramall Lane on Sunday to take on Sheffield United. The Blades have taken to life back in the Premier League in incredible fashion and found themselves in fifth place ahead of the recent international break.

Whilst most Premier League fans have been surprised by the quality of Sheffield United’s play, their fans almost expected them to rise to the challenge of top flight football. They excelled in League One then the Championship under Chris Wilder, and he is working his magic once more despite facing more illustrious opponents week on week.

Home Side Must Be Considered Value

Manchester United’s performance against Brighton has seen them priced up as favourites for this contest. Whilst they do have a lot of quality in their ranks and the burgeoning strike partnership of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial is usually good for a goal, you have to think that Sheffield United are overpriced at 14/5 with Betfair.

Under Wilder’s management, Sheffield United have always concentrated on making life difficult for their opponents. They don’t do this simply by sitting back and packing the defence though.

Their players take rather odd positions when the team is getting the ball from front to back which can often throw highly coached Premier League players out of their rhythm and off their game.

Sheffield United’s unorthodox approach makes them very tough to prepare for. With the best will in the world, you couldn’t say that Solskjaer has shown himself to be a tactical genius. He and his coaches will need to problem-solve during the match which could prove problematic so the home side do look like very good value.

Expect Fine Margins to Make the Difference

This is a clash between two of the tightest defences in the Premier League. Sheffield United have conceded just nine goals from their 12 matches to date with Manchester United faring only slightly worse with 12 goals.

Although both sets of players will head into the match believing they have a good chance of winning, they’ll also be concerned about the quality of their opponents. That could prompt a slightly cautious approach from both teams which suggests that neither will run away with the match.

To offer some insurance in case of an away win, consider betting on the match to be one by a one-goal margin exactly which is available at 13/10 with Betway.

Mousset to Reward the Fans’ Support

It took a while for Lys Mousset to force his way into the Sheffield United team. He had to settle with trying to make an impact off the bench before some strong performances forced WIlder’s hand, and he began getting starts.

His lack of playing time at the start of the season was a rare bone of contention between the Blades fans and their manager. Mousset’s performances since his move from Bournemouth has helped make him very popular with the fans, and he is repaying that support with goals and assists.

Mousset has clearly bought into what his new manager requires from his players and looks a good bet to score the game’s first goal at 8/1 with bet365 who pay out unlimited each way places.

Betting Tips

Sheffield United to Win at 14/5 with Betfair

Match to be Won by 1 Goal at 13/10 with Betway

Lys Mousset to Score First at 8/1 with bet365

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