Manchester United v Sheffield United Tips – Easy passage for Red Devils
The Reds Devils have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup already by lower league opposition. Will it be a case of Déjà vu on Saturday evening?
January 7th, 2016
Louis van Gaal is still a man under pressure despite his side beating Swansea City at the weekend. A Wayne Rooney back-heeled goal secured the much-needed win and ended an eight-match winless run, however Van Gaal’s attention must now turn to the FA Cup and Saturday evening’s clash with Sheffield United really is a must-win.
A few demons will need to be exorcised for the hosts. Their exit from the Capital One Cup earlier this season at the hands of Championship side Middlesbrough may have been less embarrassing than their 4-0 drubbing by MK Dons the previous season but losing at Old Trafford to a side sitting a division below them was completely unacceptable, especially so given that the United boss fielded a relatively strong team for that encounter.
Can the Blades perform another cup upset at Old Trafford this weekend? Clearly they are more than capable of doing just that and despite their last outing finishing in defeat to Peterborough in a League One clash, the FA Cup regularly throws up a few surprises along the way and anything is possible on Saturday.
To be honest we don’t really see this match being much of an upset. Sheffield United may well get their names onto the g oalsheet and they have a go at their more illustrious opponents, however Van Gaal certainly won’t be tempted to field a weakened team this weekend and the Red Devils should easily live up to their billing as favourites, Ladbrokes going 3/10 for a Manchester United victory.
These odds clearly offer little value, however confident one may be about a home win, therefore we’ll be concentrating on the handicap market. Backing the hosts at 11/13 with Ladbrokes to win with a one-goal handicap offers better value, however the Old Trafford outfit have been struggling somewhat in front of goal recently. The weekend match against Swansea was only the fourth time in sixteen attempts that Van Gaal’s men have scored more than once and we won’t be trusting them to rack up too many goals this weekend, despite the opposition sitting two divisions lower.
The Blades have been scoring for fun at Bramall Lane, however they haven’t been nearly as convincing away from home. Nevertheless, they have nothing to lose in this clash and we’ll be backing ‘Both Teams to Score – Yes and over 2.5 goals at 8/5 with William Hill.