20:00 Thursday

Manchester United have been an extremely odd team to follow on the road this season. They’ve started games so poorly but have had the fight and determination to get themselves back in the game which is strange given many would expect them to thrive when they are ahead and can contain and counter on teams.

Most will have this down as an away banker but I’m not so sure it will be that easy, the Blades may have a meagre 1 point to their name but they’ve been extremely unlucky to not have a few more on the board. Oli McBurnie is a doubt here and it could be a blessing in disguise given the Scots’ struggles in front of goal this season. Lys Mousset is back fit and he will given Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof more to think about with his pace and nippy nature. 

Where is the value?

  Sheff Utd Draw Man Utd
Best Odds 7/1 4/1 7/15

Quotes of 4/9 on an away win are simply awful in my opinion, United have not been convincing despite their results and although I agree they’re the most likely of the two to win, the prices are more stretched than they should be. Instead I’ll split my stakes on a couple of 9/1 shots with the away side to come from behind to win as well as United to come from behind and draw. Both look big given how badly the Red Devils have started games but follows on the theme of them turning things around in the second half. More optimistic punters might be tempted in by the 25/1 on the hosts leading at half time and the visitors to win at full time.

I’ll head to the card market too as Norweigan Sander Berge once again looks a bit too big at 5/1 to go into the book. He’s picked up 4 yellows in 11 appearances this season and is one card away from a one game suspension, quite often you see players in this situation be happy to take a card given the rigorous fixture schedule over Christmas as many would welcome the rest. He could have his hands full with the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford coming inside into his area. 5/1 looks a touch of value.

Manchester United to win from behind - 1pt @ 9/1
Manchester United to come from behind to draw - 1pt @ 9/1
Sander Berge to be carded - 1pt @ 5/1