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Betting Preview and Best Picks: Manchester United vs Sheffield United

Harry Maguire

It may seem on paper to be a bit of a mismatch but Manchester United fans will know not to take anything for granted as they go in search of a fifth Premier League win of the season with a trip to Sheffield United. Last Word on Football takes a look at the main markets for the game at Bramall Lane offering a betting preview and the best picks for Sheffield United vs Man Utd.

Betting Preview and Best Picks for Sheffield United vs Manchester United

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First Goalscorer – Manchester United Midfielders in Focus

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Marcus Rashford is the obvious stand-out choice here after netting for England during the international break but he has to produce any sort of form, scoring just one Premier League so far from eight outings. Tactically, the home side may attempt to restrict space in behind so an interesting proposition could be summer signing Mason Mount.

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The former Chelsea man is effective from range and this may be the best avenue to open up the home side’s deep-lying defence. He is priced at 10/1 to score first. Another interesting proposition is Bruno Fernandes at 15/2. The Portugal international has scored twice in the league this season, the joint-highest of any player in a United shirt alongside Scott McTominay.

Oli McBurnie and Cameron Archer are priced at 11/1 and 12/1 respectively if you fancy Sheffield United’s attackers getting off to a fast start.

Best Picks: Sheffield United vs Manchester United

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There is little value in picking the away side as an outright winner but there is merit in backing the away side to win at 43/20 with a -1.5 spread. If the Red Devils can open the scoring, as we anticipate that they will, then the home crowd will berate their team forward and this will leave space for the opposition’s talented attackers to finish the game.

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In terms of goals, under 3.5 is the way to go as Erik ten Hag’s side have scored more than twice in just one league game this season, the 3-2 comeback win against Nottingham Forest in August. Sheffield United have scored just six times since their return to the Premier League. It may be difficult for both teams to get on the scoresheet, with neither side hitting double figures as of yet. We do not think both teams will score in this one and this can be backed at

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First Yellows

Andre Onana has been booked twice this campaign and if United are to take a lead at some stage of the game, he could pick up another as referees are starting to clamp down on any form of timewasting. Vinicius Souza, for the home side, is the ball-winning midfield player and is liable for a booking if the away team can open up their opponents through the middle of the pitch. Jayden Bogle may start at right-wing back and up against Rashford is always a difficult assignment, he may be one to watch out for despite having not received a yellow card in his outings so far.


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