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Manchester United can end unwanted English football record with victory over Sheffield United

Thursday’s opponents have taken just one point from their first 12 Premier League matches this season and will remove an unwanted blot of United’s club history if they fail to win again.

Manchester United could wipe out a piece of unwanted club history on Thursday night when they take on Sheffield United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side played out a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at the weekend in the aftermath of their UEFA Champions League exit.

With Europa League action out of the way until February, United can now focus on climbing the Premier League table, starting with a trip to rock-bottom Sheffield United.

The Blades are without a league win this season after taking one point from their opening 12 matches.

The two sides played out an enthralling 3-3 draw last season, which saw United come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, only to concede late on to Oli McBurnie.

Sheffield United have struggled massively this time around though despite finishing ninth in their debut campaign after promotion from the Championship.

With a solitary point from 12 games, it seems inevitable that, but for a miracle, they’ll be back in the second tier next season.

Whilst three points are a necessity for United in their own quest for a top-four finish, they could also remove themselves from the record books with an unwanted piece of English top-flight trivia.

Manchester United played out a drab draw with neighbours City in the first derby of the season on Saturday.

They next travel across the Pennines to take on the Premier League’s bottom side Sheffield United on Thursday night. The Blades only have one point from their opening 12 matches, and three points will be imperative for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side if they want to stay in touch with the front-runners.

Looking into the history books, Manchester United, remarkably, hold the record for the worst-ever start to an English top-flight season after losing all of their first 12 games in 1930/31.

However, United did eventually break their duck with a win in match number 13 but were eventually relegated to the old second division.

Victory against the Blades on Thursday would leave Chris Wilder’s men with one point from 13 matches, a worse record than United, removing them from the history books in the process.

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