Premier League: Manchester United v Sheffield United

The last time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted domestic defeat was when Arsenal won at Old Trafford at the start of November, a defeat which sparked a run that has them sitting top of the league as January draws to a close.

However there’s no time for complacency for United, with rivals Man City just two points behind having played a game less in the title race.

If everything’s going perfectly at the top of the league, it’s the opposite for the Blades, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just five points after 19 games, 12 points adrift of safety.

Chris Wilder’s side have failed to build on the incredible form they showed at this stage last season, when they sat comfortably in the top half of the table, dreaming of a European finish. This year, ambitions are different, as they hope to beat Derby County’s miserable points tally of just 11 set back in 2009.

In order to stop them doing that, Man United have a mostly fit squad to choose from, with only Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Brandon Williams and Facundo Pellestri unavailable.

Marcus Rashford has been passed fit after a scan revealed no damage to his knee after the Liverpool game, and he will be hoping to repeat the performance he put in against the Blades earlier this season, as he scored twice in a 3-2 win at Bramall Lane.

Goals are a feature of this fixture, with the sides sharing 14 in the games since Sheffield United were promoted back to the top flight.

One of those sources for the Blades is Lys Mousset, but the Frenchman faces a late fitness test after struggling with a knock recently. Club record signing Sander Berge is missing, as are Jack O’Connell, Oli McBurnie, Jack Robison and Ben Osborn, while John Egan is suspended.

Man United take on Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, January 27th. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.

Manchester United edge out Liverpool in Old Trafford FA Cup thriller

This clash lived up to is billing as heavyweight scrap at Old Trafford with both sides showing their class in front of goal.

Neither side were able to create much in a frantic opening 20 minutes before a touch of inspiration from Mo Salah edged Liverpool ahead.

Roberto Firmino’s pass caught the United back line square and the Egyptian star kept his head to clip past Dean Henderson.

But Solskjaer’s side were not to be set back by that as rising star Mason Greenwood immediately levelled things up.

Marcus Rashford’s lofted pass escaped James Milner’s lunging header and Greenwood lashed past Alisson.

That high octane end to the first half set the tone after the break as Greenwood and Rashford swapped roles to put United in front.

Greenwood’s whipped pass forced an error from Rhys Williams on the counter and Rashford raced on to fire home.

But again the pendulum was to swing in the final 30 as the alert Salah reacted quickest to Milner loose to fire the Reds back level.

And just as the game looked destined for a manic final period both managers turned to their benches to tip the balance and it was Solskjaer that found the answer.

Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes has already established himself as a fans favourite at Old Trafford and it was his brilliant free kick that swerved United in Round Five.

Full Time on a dramatic afternoon at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 3 Liverpool 2

Marcos Rojo’s Manchester United exit looms

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the defender will be allowed to leave Old Trafford before the closure of the transfer window.

Rojo has been surplus to requirements at United for a while now, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a raft of centre backs to choose from – the majority of whom are ahead of the 30-year-old in the pecking order.

Having been a Manchester United player since 2014, it’s fair to suggest he has been underwhelming during his time at the club, amassing just 76 Premier League appearances in that time – only 8 of those have come under current boss Solskjaer.

Rojo was loaned to Estudiantes in his native Argentina in the first half of the season and he has remained in his homeland for several weeks after the expiry of the deal at the beginning of January.

Argentina is almost certain where he will stay, too – with Boca Juniors his believed destination come the end of the transfer window.

Estudiantes are also said to be keen on a permanent deal, but as picked up by Sport Witness, Rojo’s father is a ‘fanatic’ Boca fan.

The player is under contract at Manchester United, and it’s claimed that he will need to cancel his deal with the Red Devils by mutual consent in order to free up a switch away from Old Trafford.

Manchester United power into the FA Cup Fourth Round win 1-0 Watford win

Despite creating a host of chances on the night, it was to captain for the night Scott McTominay’s early goal proved the key difference between the teams.

The hosts were on top from the start in this one as Dan James’s drive tested Daniel Bachmann before McTominay bulleted home Alex Telles’ corner.

That early goal opened the game at both ends with Hornets defender Adam Masina denied by David De Gea before Eric Bailly skidded a header just wide.

United continued to dominate things after the break with Bachmann called into action to deny Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood.

United talisman Marcus Rashford did almost make the game safe in the final minutes but Bachmann was there once again to keep the score down.

Full Time from Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 Watford 0

Paul Pogba linked with Manchester United exit in 2021

The French international has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after signalling his desire to leave the club back in 2019.

However, the Red Devils have resisted any attempts to manufacture an exit in the last 12 months as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought him back into his plans.

However, a report in the Sunday Mirror states Pogba remains determined to leave at the end of the campaign and the club will allow him to leave.

Real Madrid and Juventus are still the front runners to sign the 27-year-old and United could OK a £60m deal to avoid losing him for free in 18 months’ time.

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Marcus Rashford snatches dramatic Manchester United 1-0 win over Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were forced to wait until the 93rd minute to edge out Wolves as Marcus Rashford’s strike secured a huge three points at Old Trafford.

Nuno Santo’s side actually started the brighter of the two sides with Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves testing David De Gea.

United had to wait until well into the second half to carve out their best opening as Bruno Fernandes’ drive brought the best from Rui Patricio.

But just as this one looked to be drifting off to a boring 0-0 the chance began to fly at both ends.

Rayan Alt-Nouri’s deflected effort kept De Gea sharp in the United goal before Paul Pogba blazed over from Fernandes square ball.

And Fernandes was right at the heart of it as Rashford nicked it in added time.

His long ball released the England star in behind and his powerful drive deflected past Patricio for the win.

Full Time at old Trafford it’s Manchester United 1 Wolves 0

Manchester United hammer neighbours Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford

An early brace from Scott McTominay coupled with first half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof ensured a dominant three points for Solskjaer.

Leeds have established a reputation as fast starters this season, but the tables were turned in Manchester as McTominay smashed home twice inside the first five minutes.

With Leeds still settling into the surroundings they cheaply lost the ball in midfield, Fernandes slipped in McTominay and he arrowed one past Illan Meslier.

And with the confidence soaring through him, McTominay repeated the trick two minutes later as he latched onto Anthony Martial’s pass to make it 2-0.

United then simply laid siege to Leeds’ goal before the break as Fernandes swept home a loose ball and Lindelof sharply fired home from a corner.

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper did nod home a glimmer of hope for Marcelo Bielsa before the break, but it was a mountain to climb in the second half.

But any team built by Bielsa will always fight back against the odds and David De Gea was forced to make a point blank stop from Raphinha on 56 minutes.

And any slim chance of a dramatic turnaround was ended by the hosts with 25 to play as Dan James netted his first of the season.

McTominay turned provider this time round, with a driving run and ball into the Welshman, who confidently tucked away past Meslier.

But the rampant hosts were not finished there as Fernandes tucked home from the spot for six before Stuart Dallas smacked home another consolation.

United did almost match Liverpool’s seven goals from yesterday, as Meslier denied Edinson Cavani late on, but in the end Solskjaer was forced to settle for a sexy six.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 6 Leeds United 2

Premier League: Manchester United v Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds make the short trip across the Pennines to take on a Manchester United team who with victory over Sheffield United midweek put themselves just 5 points off the pace of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

However, the Yorkshire club will be well aware of Manchester United’s frailties at home and will be looking to build on their cut-and-thrust 5-2 hiding of Newcastle on Wednesday.

Such has been the peculiarity of this season, Manchester United’s seemingly Jekyll and Hyde nature hasn’t massively hampered their domestic ambitions so far this campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer no doubt has his eyes firmly set on a Champions League place as well as some much-desired silverware.

The goal for Leeds is far more modest – to maintain Premier League status after a 16-year absence – an absence which no doubt will intensify the ill-feeling between these two giants of English football.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men have been erratic at best, with some brilliant performances as well as some rubbish ones – with that unpredictability arguably making them even more dangerous a proposition.

Manchester United won’t have defenders Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo available for the game due to injury, and new signing Edinson Cavani is also suffering with a knock and will have to prove his fitness ahead of the match.

The Uruguayan, who joined on a free transfer in the summer, has also been charged by the FA after a social media post which broke protocol on racial and/or discriminatory language. United say they will work with the FA and the player before any verdict is handed out – it’s likely to be a three game ban for Cavani.

Leeds United have Robin Koch and Diego Llorente unavailable to them due to injury, with Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi also in the treatment room.

Koch has recently had surgery on a knee problem and will be out for a while, whilst Llorente could be back before the new year all being well with his recovery.

Fans have waited since 2004 to see these two sides square off in the Premier League, and they’ll get to do so finally when kick off arrives at 4.30 on Sunday 20th December.

Manchester United and Manchester City battle out 0-0 derby draw

Neither side were really able to impose themselves on the night at Old Trafford, but the under-pressure Norwegian will be relieved to have snatched a point.

City did carve out the only real chance of the first 45 as Riyad Mahrez missed a perfect chance to put them in front on 35 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus led the City charge from half way and he slipped in Mahrez inside the box.

But his poor effort was easily blocked by David De Gea with Kevin De Bruyne lashing over from the rebound.

United looked to start the second half with a bit more purpose and Marcus Rashford looked to have won a clear penalty just after restart.

The England man went down under a late challenge from Kyle Walker, but referee Michael Oliver went back on his original call after VAR ruled offside against Rashford.

City managed to wrestle some control back from the hosts as the second half wore as Harry Maguire produced a game winning block to deny De Bruyne.

United almost eked out a late winner with eight minutes left, but Bruno Fernandes rushed his weak strike and Ederson gobbled it up

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 0 Manchester City 0

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Manchester City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed some of his most memorable results as United against City but the Norwegian needs a big result now more than ever.

United’s Champions League exit against RB Leipzig has ramped up the pressure on him ahead of this weekend and he is expected to rotate.

Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are both back in training and Solskjaer is expected to include at least one of them from the start in this game.

Donny van der Beek and Juan Mata could also be drafted in by Solskjaer as he looks to add experience and defensive grit to his midfield.

For City, Guardiola is boosted by some vital returns ahead of the cross-city clash with Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gudogan both back fit.

Guardiola has hinted that Aguero won’t start against the old enemy but given his record against United means we should see him at some stage this weekend.

And with all eyes on Manchester tomorrow, kick off in this is set for 5.30pm on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo offered Sheffield United exit option

According to reports from the Sheffield Star, Chris Wilder has earmarked Rojo as a replacement for Jack O’Connell, with the Blades skipper still sidelined through injury.

Rojo has vanished from United’s plans in the last 12 months and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to sell him next month.

The main stumbling block appears to be if Wilder can put together a financial package to complete the deal.

Rojo’s deal with Man United expires at the end of the campaign, meaning this deal is set to start with a six month loan.

But Solskjaer will need to put his hand in his pocket to supplement wage payments if he wants Wilder to complete a deal.

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Donny van de Beek pushing for Manchester United Premier League start

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side followed up Saturday evening’s underwhelming Old Trafford win against promoted West Brom with a more convincing home performance against Istanbul Basaksehir.

Bruno Fernandes’ brace was complemented by Marcus Rashford’s penalty and a late Daniel James strike in a 4-1 win against the Turkish champions, meaning United need just a point from their remaining two Group H matches to qualify for the last 16.

But Van de Beek, like his manager, is not taking progress for granted with Paris St Germain coming to town next week and knows for all the positives on Tuesday that there remains work to do.

“I think a good reaction from the away game,” the Holland international said, referring to United’s 2-1 loss to Basaksehir at the start of November. “4-1 at home, I think that you can be happy.

“I think the first half was really good, especially the first 30 minutes. We play really nice football, we score nice goals.

“I think second half we lose too many balls and we gave them some chances.

“But the last five minutes we control the game again and, yeah, we make a nice goal also.

“I think we have also some chances to make the fourth goal (sooner). But we didn’t do that and we lose too many balls.

“Then you have the control of the game, you lose that. That was not good from our side.”

Put to Van de Beek that there is still work to do in Group H, he added: “Yes, that’s true.

“It’s not finished, but we are in a good position and we need to keep working, and then everything will be fine.

“Now we need to keep the eyes on the weekend – that’s also really important.”

United travel to high-flying Southampton on Sunday afternoon looking to build momentum.

Van de Beek underlined his case for a starting role at St Mary’s by putting in an impressive performance against Basaksehir, linking up well with Bruno Fernandes and Fred in midfield.

“It worked really well,” the summer signing told MUTV.

“Some games I play no.10 and sometimes the coach needs me in the control position. That’s fine for me. Before, in Ajax, I was also playing in that position, so that’s OK.”

United have some injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s return to Premier League action on the south coast.

Paul Pogba has missed both matches since the end of the international break due to an ankle complaint, while Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were brought off against Basaksehir.

“(Pogba’s) ankle was swollen up,” Solskjaer said “He trained yesterday but didn’t feel right and this morning was confirmation he couldn’t play.”

On Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka, the United boss said: “Hopefully they’ll be ready for the weekend but we’re not sure.

“It’s back problems for Victor and he had an ankle problem, Aaron, so there was no point taking any more chances and risking more swelling to it.”