Predicted Lineups: Anticipated Starting XI from Sheffield United against Manchester City

Arlo Gibbons


Sheffield United‘s quest for a promotion and Cup double will face a crucial test on Saturday when they face Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Blades have had a remarkable season, winning their last six games and establishing themselves as serious contenders for automatic promotion to the topflight.

Chris Wilder’s men have been impressive in the FA Cup so far, brushing aside Millwall, Wrexham, Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers to reach the last four of the competition. They will be looking to end a long drought, having not won the competition since 1925, when they beat Cardiff City in the final.

A win against City would only add to the growing belief that Sheffield United could be on the verge of something special this season. The Blades have been playing with an intensity and hunger that has left opposition teams gasping for air. The likes of Oliver Norwood and Sander Berge have been imperious in midfield, while Oli McBurnie and Iliman Ndiaye have been clinical up front.

With Burnley already looking set to join the Premier League next season, Sheffield United could add to an already fascinating story by joining their fellow Lancashire side in the top division. A win against City will only reaffirm their credentials as a team that is ready to take on the big boys of English football.

City, on the other hand, will be looking to keep their treble dream alive, having already won the League Cup and being heavily favoured to win the Premier League. However, the Citizens have not won the FA Cup since 2019, and they will be determined to end that drought this season.

The semi-final promises to be a fascinating encounter between two sides that are at different ends of the spectrum but both with much to play for. Sheffield United will be hoping that their motivation and desire to make history will be enough to overcome City‘s superior quality.

Wilder will likely field an attacking team to try and unsettle City‘s defence, with McBurnie and Ndiaye being the likely candidates to lead the line. Norwood, Berge and John Fleck will look to control the midfield, while Anel Ahmedhodzic, John Egan and Jack Robinson should form the backline.

Whatever the outcome of the game, Sheffield United has already had a season to remember. Their performances have been nothing short of sensational, and they have become one of the most exciting teams to watch in English football. A win on Saturday will only add to their growing legend.


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