Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester United

Chris Wilder’s side are rooted to the bottom of the table after a dozen games, six points of adrift of West Brom who sacked Slaven Bilic on Wednesday, and haven’t won a league game all season.

But Wilder isn’t worried for his future despite speculation recently, in a week where he was publicly backed by the club’s owner. He has however insisted the club’s slump is his responsibility and is not shying away from trying to turn fortunes around.

In order to do that, Wilder will be hoping to call upon the services of Oli McBurnie, who will be monitored in the run-up to kick-off after injuring a shoulder in the 3-0 defeat to Southampton. Lys Mousset scored in this fixture last season and is available to deputise, as are Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick.

Jack O’Connell is out for the majority of the season with a knee ligament injury, and one of Phil Jagielka, Ethan Ampadu, Enda Stevens or Jack Robinson will play in Wilder’s usual back three formation.

The Blades boss spoke about his system in Wednesday’s press conference, insisting his players suit the system as pressure to ditch it increases from corners of the media.

In the opposing dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has almost all of his squad available, with only Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani missing. Cavani was described as a risk by the Norwegian, so is unlikely to make the trip to Sheffield.

United are on a run of nine Premier League consecutive wins away from home, and a win would see them become only the fourth side in history to make it ten in a row. They’ll be hoping to stop a run of conceding first on their travels though, as they’ve came from behind in all of their five away games this season so far to win.

A win for Solskjaer would see his side leapfrog Chelsea in the table and keep up the pressure on the front runners as the festive period begins, with the Red Devils also still having a game in hand after their delayed start to the season.

Sheffield United take on Manchester United on Thursday, December 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Southampton vs Manchester United

Saints are unbeaten in their last six, winning four of those games, and are fifth in the table going into the weekend, as whispers of a finish in the European places begin to grow on the South coast.

Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hoping his side can continue to manage without top scorer Danny Ings, with Theo Walcott netting his first goal for Southampton in almost 15 years against Wolves last week in his absence.

Walcott is set to continue his partnership with Che Adams when United come to town, as Southampton have no new injury worries from that game at Molineux.

Will Smallbone may come back into contention after missing the draw with a hamstring problem, but Nathan Redmond won’t make it due to a hamstring injury. Defender Mohamed Salisu is back training with the team but not expected to be part of the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without Paul Pogba, who is struggling with a swollen ankle. The injury kept him out of the win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the week and he is rated at 50/50 for the visit to St Mary’s. Donny Van De Beek should continue in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Jesse Lingard continues to self-isolate after coming into contact with a COVID positive person, while defensive trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are both longer-term absentees.

Solskjaer is hoping Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka shake off back and ankle injuries in time for selection, after both were withdrawn early the Champions League win on Tuesday night.

A fourth straight win would further ease the pressure on the Norwegian manager, after rumours of his sacking intensified earlier this month, and move his side closer to the pack chasing Liverpool and Tottenham at the top of the league.

Southampton could leapfrog Chelsea with a win ahead of their game with Spurs later on Sunday afternoon, and continue their dream start into the congested Christmas period.

Southampton take on Manchester United on Sunday, November 29th. Kick-off is at 2pm.

No new injury worries for Manchester United ahead of Champions League test in Turkey

New boy Alex Telles – who used to play in Turkey for Galatasaray – cannot be selected after recently testing positive for coronavirus, while Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are unavailable.

Facundo Pellistri has not travelled as part of the 24-man squad, while Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and the injured Phil Jones will not be involved in the group stage after being omitted from the squad submitted to UEFA.

Manchester United are in pole position in Group H after victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in their last two Champions League group games, with Marcus Rashford stealing the show in both of them including a hat trick in the 5-0 demolition of Leipzig last time out.

Leicester City host Manchester United in Top Four showdown

The Foxes have had a turbulent restart, with a dip in form coinciding with them losing their cushion in the top 4.

The same cannot be said for Manchester United however, who have been in brilliant form – with their only defeat in the last 20 games in all competitions coming in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea.

That momentum has seen United break in to the top 4 for the first time since September – but they will only stay there if they avoid defeat to Leicester on Sunday.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter, with both sides knowing a draw, plus a Chelsea defeat against Wolves, will see both clubs finishing in the top 4.

Brendan Rodgers is without six first team stars however, ahead of is undoubtedly their biggest game of the season.

Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Christian Fuchs and Ben Chilwell all miss out with injury, whilst Caglar Soyuncu suspended.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has injury issues of his own, with United short on defensive options.

Eric Bailly is sidelined after a clash of heads with Harry Maguire against Chelsea.

Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are also missing, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah potentially coming in to start.

Luke Shaw is rated 50-50 to play, after failing to shake off an ankle knock he picked up against former club Southampton.

Leicester City v Manchester United at the King Power Stadium is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.