Sheffield United v Manchester United: Premier League – live! | Football – The Guardian,

Sheffield United v Manchester United: Premier League – live! | Football – The Guardian,

Some post-match reaction.“I said ‘never in doubt, ”a smiling Oli McBurnie says, when asked what he said to Andre Marriner at full-time. “The boys were getting me scared saying it touched my hand when I knew it hadn’t. We’ve had a couple of VAR [calls] go against us so it would have been just our luck. The boys grafted unbelievably – the boys were different class in the first half. When we are at our best, we are good enough to compete against anyone. ”John Fleck, who opened the scoring a long, long time ago, adds:“ We know we haven’t got the same qualities as some of the bigger teams in the league so we have to fight for everything. ”


Who needs a lie down?It would have been a travesty if Sheffield United, who move up to sixth, came away from an epic encounter empty-handed. The usual suspects were immense for the hosts – Lundstram, Baldock, Norwood – but back cameManchester United, with Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford turning it on to help the visitors take an unlikely lead. But then Robinson picked out McBurnie, who kept his balance – desperately trying to keep his long arms out of the equation – to stab home an equaliser. A good ole fashioned six-goal thriller it is.

Full-time: Sheffield United 3-3 Man Utd

What. A. Game! Oli McBurnie strikes to denyManchester Uniteda fairytale comeback victory at Bramall Lane. Chris Wilder’s side were cruising and two goals to the good before Brandon Williams’s first goal for the club – a wicked half volley – kickstarted a United comeback. Mason Greenwood swept home before Marcus Rashford thought he had found the winner. But back came Sheffield United, with Robinson teeing up McBurnie to finish inside the box and claim a thoroughly deserved point.


Solskjaer reacts after the 3-3 draw.
Solskjaer reacts after the 3-3 draw . Photograph: Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters


2 min:The goal stands! Bramall Lane erupts! A wonderful delayed celebration for McBurnie, who did magnificently to prop the ball up on his right knee before hammering in on the volley. Callum Robinson, the substitute, did magnificently to keep the ball alive and dink it into the path of McBurnie, who powered it in, cueing delirium in the stands.


VAR is checking it …


GOAL! Sheffield United 3-3 Man Utd (McBurnie, 90)

Oliver McBurnie strikes !!

McBurnie scores to make it 3-3.
McBurnie scores to make it 3-3 . Photograph: Ryan Browne / BPI / Shutterstock

And celebrates the equaliser.
And celebrates the equaliser. Photograph: Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters


89 min:O’Connell cannot divert Norwood’s corner goalwards.Manchester Unitedcan calm things down from a De Gea goal-kick .


85 min:Martial trudges off in slow motion. Tuanzebe’s on.


84 min:Was this the plan all along?Manchester Unitedare beginning to torment a weary-looking Sheffield United. Greenwood, James, Rashford and Martial are combining to deadly effect.

Updated (at 1.) PM EST

83 min:Callum Robinson is on forSheffield United. He replaces Chris Basham. Meanwhile, Solskjær is readying Tuanzebe.


(min: (For) minutes,Manchester Unitedwere nothing short of abysmal, with Sheffield United cruising against one of the game’s heavyweights. But suddenly things kicked, with Brandon Williams’s first goal for the club prompting an unlikely turnaround.

GOAL! Sheffield United 2-3 Man Utd (Rashford, 80)

Well, well, well! Rashford clinically rounds off an incisive break byManchester United, with Daniel James playing a cute give-and-go with Anthony Martial. James whizzes into the box and pulls the ball back for Rashford, who does the rest. Another moment of quality from a United team that looked dead and buried. On the touchline, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and co embrace. Up in the gods, Sir Alex Ferguson is all smiles.

Rashford scores Manchester United’s third goal.
Rashford scores Manchester United’s third goal. Photograph: Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters

And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Andrew Yates / Reuters

Updated (at 1. 13 PM EST

(min:Billy Sharp replaces McGoldrick.


GOAL! Sheffield United 2-2 Man Utd (Greenwood, 77)

Mason Greenwood fires in an equaliser! Rashford dinks in a delicious cross from the right and Greenwood gets in between Jagielka and Basham to poke in, sweeping home inside the box. Another goal for the teenager – his first in the Premier League. That’s a wonderful leveller.

Greenwood scores the equaliser.
Greenwood scores the equaliser. Photograph: Andrew Yates / Reuters


(min: (Can) ********************* (Manchester United) fashion an equaliser? Sheffield United are yet to concede in the final 15 minutes in the Premier League this season.

Updated at 1. 01 PM EST

GOAL! Sheffield United 2-1 Man Utd (Williams, 72)

The teenager fires in his first goal for the club – and it’s a truly exquisite finish. Dan James sped down the right and his hanging cross evaded everyone in the box. Lurking at the back post was Williams, the 19 – Year- old who smacked the ball into the far corner of Simon Moore’s goal on the half volley. A belting finish by Brandon Williams. And here comes another teenager …

Williams gets one back for Manchester United.
Williams gets one back for Manchester United. Photograph: Andrew Yates / Reuters


70 min:McGoldrick’s daisy-cutter is gathered by De Gea.


69 min:Sheffield United supporters are enjoying themselves. An a cappella version of Greasy Chip Butty fills the air. Chris Wilder’s side are in such great control of this game it’s unreal. They have been so untroubled.

68 min:McBurnie replaces Mousset.

66 min:Mousset has pulled a hamstring. Chris Wilder had been plotting to bring the striker off. As a limping Mousset chased a lost cause, he pulls up in discomfort. Oli McBurnie will replace the Frenchman, who proved a real nuisance for a shambolic defense.

Mousset down injured.
Mousset down injured. Photograph: Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters

Updated (at 1. 02 PM EST

64 min:Martial has a pop from 30 yards, but it cannons wide of Moore’s right post! Plenty of power – but ultimately off target.Manchester Unitedpoked the ball around in midfield before Martial, presumably fed up, just thought: why not? They have been ambling around.

61 min:Lundstram does put a foot wrong, and United pile forward down the right . Daniel James beats his man for pace but his cross is gobbled up by Moore. Easy pickings for the stand-inSheffield Unitedstopper.

59 min:John Lundstram has been brilliant – again. The midfielder shakes off a couple of half-hearted United challenges to retain possession before spreading play to George Baldock, who has had a stormer at full-back. The one staggering thing from aManchester Unitedperspective is that Simon Moore , on his Premier League debut in goal, has barely had a save to make.

Lundstram holds off the challenge from Williams.
Lundstram holds off the challenge from Williams. Photograph: Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images


57 min:“Chrissy Wilder, he’s one of our own, “Is the chant that echoes around Bramall Lane. “Chrissy Wilder and Alan Knill …”

55 min:Manchester United had shown the smallest of green shoots but Mousset has left Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side with a mountain to climb. To make matters worse, Sheffield United have not a lost a league game they have taken the lead in since January 2014 – that’s 89 games.Manchester Unitedhave serious work to do.


GOAL! Sheffield United 2-0 Man Utd (Mousset, 52)

Lys Mousset with at thumping finish from distance! It’s role reversal from the opener, with Fleck sliding a wonderful pass in for Mousset, who drifts away from Maguire before sending a beautifully-weighted strike arrowing into the bottom corner of David de Gea’s goal. Pereira surrendered possession for the visitors and howSheffield Unitedpunished them.

Mousset scores The Blades second goal.
Mousset scores The Blades second goal. Photograph: Ryan Browne / BPI / REX / Shutterstock

Sheffield United celebrate.
Sheffield United celebrate. Photograph: Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images


51 min:Lundstram’s cynical challenge on Lingard earns him a booking. United were beginning to break at speed after Fred stole in.

50 min:BrandonWilliams is booked for chopping down George Baldock, who has had a very good game.Sheffield Unitedearn a free-kick on the right flank. Fleck plays it short – it’s a training-ground move into Lundstram – but the visitors are alert to it.

Updated (at) . 39 PM EST

48 min:Williams lays the ball off for Rashford, who twists and turns 25 yards out before letting fly. It was always rising.

47 min:Rashford surges down the left flank andSheffield Unitedappear in a spot of bother. But they don’t panic and they usher the forward out before Jagielka shows a touch of class, waiting to intervene. Rather than thumping it out for a corner, he concedes a throw-in. At least one Phil has had a peerless return to action.

Rashford, under pressure from Jagielka and Fleck.
Rashford, under pressure from Jagielka and Fleck . Photograph: Ash Donelon / Manchester United via Getty Images


46 min:The visitors get the second half under way.

Lingard replaces Phil Jones,who had an absolutely diabolical return to the starting lineup. Lingard can’t do any worse forManchester United.


Jesse Lingard is coming on at half-time.It is unclear who for just yet – but Ole and (Manchester Unitedhad to do something.

Half-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Man Utd

Chris Wilder’s selfless side deservedly lead at the break. A tub-thumping performance by the Blades. John Fleck got a little fortuitous as the ball cannoned off his shins and beyond De Gea but it was a slice of luck they thoroughly deserved.Manchester United, meanwhile, have been nothing short of dire. Phil Jones has had an absolute shocker on his return to the starting lineup. Hopefully Mauricio Pochettino is not watching.Updated

45 min:There will be one minute added time.

41 min:Jagielka fouls Martial but Manchester United’s free-kick is weak. Chris Basham heads it clear and the hosts try to free Mousset. Chris Wilder’s side pour forward with so much vim.

40 min:Manchester Unitedare making David McGoldrick look like Lionel Messi. He has had their back five on toast.

39 min:Harry Maguire’s going ballistic. He’s had not had a happy return to Bramall Lane – far from it. Fred overcooks a pass towards the back stick and Maguire tries and fails to keep it in before smacking the ball down in disgust.Manchester Unitedhave been feeble in defense and nothing short of disastrous going forward. Only De Gea can come out of this first half with any kind of credit in the bank. Dreadful showing – so far.

Maguire, not happy.
Maguire, not happy. Photograph: Michael Regan / Getty Images

Updated (at) . 17 PM EST

37 min:Daniel James has had nine touches. Meanwhile Sheffield United’s supporters are belting out John Egan’s infectious ditty:

They called us journeymen …

Updated (at) . 07 PM EST

36 min:Lundstram’s shot is blocked and, for a moment, it seemsManchester Unitedcan counter at speed. Dan James has the ball but tries to play the perfect pass for Rashford, who ends up fouling Jack O’Connell in pursuit of possession. That all petered out rather quickly.

(min:It came to nothing butSheffield Unitedearn another in quick succession. The goalscorer Fleck will whip it in …

(min:(Olés) from the Bramall Lane crowd, as Sheffield United earn another corner. They are toying with Manchester United, knocking it around for fun. George Baldock has been relentless down the right. As for David McGoldrick, maybeManchester Unitedwill make a move for him …

Fleck sends in the corner.
Fleck sends in the corner. Photograph: Alex Dodd / CameraSport via Getty Images


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