Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Paul Pogba still absent

Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Paul Pogba still absent

Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League news, score and updates

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SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

Sheffield United XI: Moore, Basham, Jagielka, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Pereira, James, Martial, Rashford

  • Harry Maguire captain Manchester United on his return to Sheffield United
  • Phil Jones comes in for his first Premier League start of the season
  • Phil Jagielka made his first league start since returning to Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

1: Y’all ready for this? Excellent. We’re underway at Bramall Lane. Oh look, Kyle Walker is in the house – wonder who he’s supporting…

Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League news, score and updates

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Lights, camera… nearly action

16:25: A spectacular (as they go) lights show at Bramall Lane as the sides emerge from the tunnel. It’s a sell-out this evening as Chris Wilder’s side seek to add Manchester United to their growing list of Premier League scalps.

Prediction? Honestly, I think this will be really low scoring. One goal in it and it could well fall to the Blades.

Welcome back, Harry

16:20: Call me soft but I like this.

The Bramall Lane announcer formally welcomes back Harry Maguire as he ends his warm-up and Sheffield United supporters applaud. Got a really warm reception when he got off the coach earlier.

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Twitter reaction

Peter: Phil Jones? Phil Jones? Phil Jones really? Ole, do you realise Mauricio Pochettino is unemployed right now?! I pray we lose this game!

Nicole: I’m happy Brandon Williams is starting today. Would have been annoyed if Ashley Young would have started ahead of him.

Alfie: Good to see that TV is prepared to show the smaller teams on a Sunday and not just the top 6 – well done

Peter is raging, Nicole pleased and Alfie couldn’t care less. Nice balance of comments there guys.

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Daniel James – best in the world

16:10: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he has the best defensive winger in the world in his squad.

Solskjaer’s side have struggled this season, winning four of their first 12 Premier League matches.

One shining light has been Daniel James, who was signed from Swansea in the summer – and Solskjaer believes the Welshman is the best in the world at what he does.

“He is probably the best defensive winger in the world with his honesty, commitment and the way he does his recovery runs and doing his back tackles,” Solskjaer said.

The aura still exists

16:05: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists the aura associated with Manchester United remains despite their recent decline.

The Reds’ trophy-laden era under Sir Alex Ferguson has become a distant memory since his departure in 2013 and, by their own high standards, they are having a hard time.

Solskjaer’s side make the trip cross the Pennines on Sunday to face Sheffield United with Blades boss Wilder tipping them to eventually rediscover their former glories.

“Manchester United are one of the most iconic teams in the world, and there will always be an aura surrounding them,” said Wilder. “No matter how their fortunes on the pitch may fluctuate, it’s still one of football’s true powerhouses that we are talking about whenever we mention their name.

“They are an incredible football club who are just going through a spell right now where they are not having it all their own way. That happens in football. But fortunes can fluctuate very quickly in this game and they will find their way back to the top, that’s for certain.”

Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League news, score and updates

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Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League news, score and updates

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How’s stat

15:55: Phil Jagielka (37 years, 99 days) is the oldest Englishman to start a Premier League game since Peter Crouch in May 2018 for Stoke away at Swansea.

Wait, there’s more…

Brandon Williams (19 years 82 days) is the youngest Manchester United player to start an away game in the Premier League since Marcus Rashford in October 2016 (18 years 358 days v Chelsea).

Wait, there’s even more…

Phil Jagielka makes his first Premier League start for Sheffield United since May 2007, a gap of 4,578 days. The only player to have a longer gap between starts for a club is Wayne Rooney for Everton between 2004 and 2017 (4,837).

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Twitter reaction

Alan: Who is Rashfrord? Asking for a friend…

Samuel: Phil Jones makes his first start in the Premier League this season, possibly in midfield. Gold star to whoever can remember when he last played there.

Ron: Harry Maguire is undoubtedly a more natural leader than David De Gea but I have also always believed in players having to earn the right to be United captain. De Gea earned it, Maguire hasn’t yet!

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Team news – Sheffield United

15:45: Chris Wilder makes two changes to the side who earned a terrific result against Tottenham.

Ever-present Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, is banned from playing against his parent club – so Simon Moore starts between the sticks. First start in the Premier League for the 29-year-old.

Defender John Egan is out through injury and that paves the way for Phil Jagielka to make his first top-flight start since returning from Everton.

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Team news – Manchester United

15:40: Well there’s no Marcus Rashford for Manchester United – but the similarly named Rashfrord makes the starting XI. JOKE! That’s just a dig at United’s official twitter account spelling their striker’s name wrong.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes one change to the side who beat Brighton at Old Trafford with the injured Scott McTominay replaced by Phil Jones, who makes his first Premier League start of the season.

Teenager Brandon Williams, who is actually in my FPL team this week, starts at left back with Ashley Young firmly glued to the substitutes bench.

Sheffield Utd vs Man Utd LIVE: Premier League news, score and updates

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Mike Smalling on target

15:35: Nine games and two goals for Manchester United loanee Chris Smalling.

The England centre-back has certainly enjoyed himself in Serie A – nailing down a starting role and apparently doing enough for Roma to want to make his stay permanent. Almost makes you wonder why United let him leave and decided to keep Phil Jones… almost.

The starting XI

15:30: And the line-ups arrived for the only Premier League fixture of the day. Dean Henderson obviously can’t play against his former club. Phil Jones makes his first league start of the season…

Sheffield United XI: Moore, Basham, Jagielka, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset

Subs: Verrips, Besic, Osborn, Freeman, Robinson, McBurnie, Sharp

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Pereira, James, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Grant, Tuanzebe, Young, Garner, Mata, Lingard, Greenwood.

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Can Solskjaer quash Pochettino talk?

15:25: The sudden availability of former Spurs boss Pochettino may have caused a few other managers to shift uncomfortably and question their own job security, not least Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Argentinian was reported to be a long-term target of Manchester United before the appointment of Solskjaer.

Despite a dreadful end to last season and a far from convincing start to this, the Old Trafford board have kept faith with the Norwegian but will no doubt have been interested by the events of this week.

Solskjaer can only silence his critics by winning football matches, starting with Sunday’s tricky trip to high-flying Sheffield United.

Remarkably, just over two years since leaving League One, Chris Wilder’s fifth-placed Blades are bidding to retain their status as the top ‘United’ in the country.

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Afternoon…

15:20: Hello folks! Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League as Manchester United travel to Sheffield United.

I’ve just been watching the highlights from last night’s fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. It was brutal.

There were, however, a few similarities to how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have performed in recent months. Ortiz looked good, won key battles and landed plenty of jabs but ultimately failed to deliver the killer blow.

Can the Red Devils show a Wilder-esque ruthless streak today?

It will not be easy. The Blades will head into the match ahead of their opponent’s in the Premier League table and looking to extend their five-match unbeaten run.

All the ingredients for a cracker at Bramall Lane. Standby…

Published at Sun, 24 Nov 2019 16:12:00 +0000