Manchester City Lineup Revealed for Sheffield United Clash: Erling Haaland Out Again, Grealish Overcomes Burglary Setback

In the upcoming Premier League clash against Sheffield United, Manchester City faces the challenge without their talisman, Erling Haaland, for the sixth consecutive game. Despite emerging victorious against Everton on Wednesday, Pep Guardiola squad will miss the Norwegian striker once again. The manager provided insights into Haaland condition, expressing hope for his return in January amid a congested December schedule.

Erling Haaland Absence

Guardiola confirmed Haaland continued absence, stating, “Still, he’s not with the team. He feels better with his foot, but he hasn’t had one training session with us.Sadly, December is so clogged with many games. Ideally, in January, he can return with us.

Defensive Concerns

John Stones is now an injury concern for City, having left the field in the first half against Everton with an apparent ankle injury. This adds to the defensive woes, with Ruben Dias missing the Everton game due to illness. However, Dias is set to make a return to the bench against Sheffield United.

Grealish Resilience

Amid off-field adversity, Jack Grealish remains in the starting XI. Grealish faced a burglary at his Cheshire home while he was on the pitch helping City secure a victory at Everton. The midfielder’s resilience and commitment to the game are commendable.

Notable Returns and Absences

Jeremy Doku is absent from the lineup, but there’s positive news as Kevin De Bruyne returns to the bench for the first time since the opening day of the season. The Belgian midfielder’s presence provides a boost to City’s midfield options.

Confirmed Starting XI

The Manchester City lineup for the Sheffield United clash is as follows:

  • Goalkeeper: Ederson
  • Defenders: Walker, Akanji, Ake, Gvardiol
  • Midfielders: Rodri, Kovacic, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Alvarez


De Bruyne,

Injury List

  • Haaland
  • Doku
  • De Bruyne
  • Stones

As Manchester City prepares to face Sheffield United on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at the Etihad Stadium, the absence of key players poses challenges. However, Guardiola’s squad remains resilient, with Grealish leading the charge despite off-field distractions. Fans anticipate an intense clash as City strives for victory in the ongoing Premier League campaign.

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