Michael Owen is not expecting a repeat of the shock win against Manchester United when Sheffield United face Manchester City this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side are in excellent form heading into the match at the Etihad and Owen feels that the Citizens will simply have too much for Chris Wilder’s men:
“Like most of us, I didn’t expect Sheffield United to go to Old Trafford and win. The Blades were really suffering from a lack of confidence at the start of the season; however, we’re starting to see glimpses of the side that did so well last year. Have they left it too late to get out of trouble? I think they may have done, but it’ll be very interesting to follow Chris Wilder’s side from here on in.”
“After a win at Old Trafford, there would usually be hope of carrying that form into the next game. Unfortunately for the Blades, it’s Manchester City up next. Title contenders City are really gathering momentum. They are swiping aside anyone that crosses their path and with such a hectic playing schedule, Pep’s rotation system is now paying dividends. City are playing some sumptuous stuff, and I just can’t see Sheffield United making it back-to-back wins in Manchester.”
Owen is predicting a 4-0 defeat for the Blades, which is a bit harsh considering the Yorkshire side have rarely lost by more than one or two goals this season, despite struggling at the wrong end of the table.
As Wilder said after the victory versus United, his side simply have to be perfect if they are going to pick up any points against the ‘Big Six’ and he will need another 10/10 performance if they are to stand any chance of getting a result on Sunday.
Considering how topsy-turvy this season has been, though, you still can’t completely rule out United from securing another shock scoreline.