Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday, in what could be a crunch game for European qualification.
With 5th place potentially harbouring Champions League football next season depending on Manchester City’s appeal against their European ban, both clubs will be keen to finish there.
Manchester United are in pole position, level on points with Wolves just outside the top four, but the Blades will be firmly in the running if they can spring the type of upset at Old Trafford that they’ve been capable of all season.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said he is ‘sick and tired of people talking about European football’ after his side ‘turned in two bang average performances in a week’ – his side will need to perform considerably better against Manchester United than they did against Newcastle in a 3-0 defeat at the weekend.
Wilder will have to do without defender John Egan for the game against United, with the Irishman seeing red in Sunday’s loss at St James’ Park.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson won’t be available either, the on loan stopper ineligible to play against his parent club.
Jack O’Connell is touch-and-go for the Blades, with a knee injury ruling him out for the last two matches.
David McGoldrick, who signed a new contract with the club last week, is also hoping to shake off a knock picked up against Aston Villa.
From a Manchester United perspective, gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may consider starting Eric Bailly at centre half against the Blades, after regular centre back Victor Lindelof limped out of Friday’s clash with Tottenham.
Paul Pogba is pushing for a start, with many United fans keen to see the £89m man start alongside Bruno Fernandes in midfield.
The duo looked lively when in partnership for a short spell of Friday’s draw at Spurs.
Scott McTominay will be champing-at-the-bit to be included, after penning a new 5-year deal at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Manchester United v Sheffield United at Old Trafford kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday, June 24.