Michael Owen fears the absence of Dean Henderson in goal for Sheffield United could hamper the Blades in their attempts to secure a result against Manchester United.
The 23-year-old is ineligible to play against his parent club, and combined with their lack of goals in recent games, Owen predicts Chris Wilder’s side will have a difficult night at Old Trafford:
“Back to back matches without scoring a goal will undoubtedly have knocked the Blades’ confidence and with a relatively small squad to choose from as well as the absence of on-loan keeper Dean Henderson due to the conditions of his loan move, I fancy Manchester United to continue their impressive form with a relatively comfortable 2-1 home victory.”
As well as Henderson, John Egan will also be missing for the United clash, after being sent off in the defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.
The Blades do have some injury concerns as well, with the likes of Phil Jagielka, Jack O’Connell and David McGoldrick all facing late fitness tests ahead of tomorrow’s match.
Wilder’s side have built their season on a strong defence, and with some key absentees in the backline, the Yorkshire club will have to put in a big effort to get a result away from home.