Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side kicked off a crucial run of six matches in 16 days in familiar fashion at the beleaguered Blades, where this season’s run of winning away league games after falling behind extended to a sixth match.
Rashford and Anthony Martial turned things around in a first half that started with Henderson inexpiably allowing David McGoldrick to score, with Rashford extending Manchester United’s advantage at the end of a fine team move early in the second half .
But Chris Wilder‘s men threatened a stunning late comeback, with McGoldrick netting his second before Henderson made amends for his early error by producing a superb stoppage-time save to deny Lys Mousset and seal a 3-2 win for the visitors.
Manchester United jump to sixth in the standings – just five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand – after Thursday’s trip to the historically bad Blades at an empty Bramall Lane.
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Watch McGoldrick’s second goal
It turned out to be a mere consolation…
Solskjaer explains Wilder altercation
“I don’t mind if they are tackled, but when it’s like a second after the tackle has been made…and there was a couple right in front of me.
“But I think it’s one of these games that these boys will learn from. It’s a proper game, and it’s like football should be. I apologised – I went maybe overboard with a word, but we’ll have a drink after, me and Chris.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reaction (Prime Video)
“It could have been more comfortable, obviously. A couple of reasons for that. We were a little bit sloppy.
“At 3-1 up we created some good chances. The corner that led to (Sheffield United’s) second goal wasn’t a corner, but then when it goes in, it’s really, really difficult at the end, because they are a handful, very direct and physical, and they made it hard for us.”
Marcus Rashford on his second goal (Prime Video)
“The referee played advantage and in the end that’s probably why we get the goal, because it is a foul earlier on in the play.
“But from there it’s about reaction and runs and passes, and when we play one-touch like that, we can do that against every team in the league.”
Marcus Rashford reaction (Prime Video)
“Once again we’ve done well to respond, going a goal behind, scoring three goals, and then of course, late on, if we don’t kill the game off it’s going to be tough at a place like this.”
“Today we didn’t get anything that we didn’t expect. They fought for every ball, they wanted to win the game and they fought for 90 minutes, and in the end we managed to get the three points.”
Full-time! Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United
Well, the visitors made that much, much more difficult than it needed to be.
Solskjaer’s side started badly and ended horribly, but the hour in the middle was pure class.
94 mins: Now there’s a tussle between Robinson and Pogba – a shoving contest earns them both a booking.
93 mins: The Blades are going long, and United can’t deal with it. Ampadu goes in late on Rashford and that’s a free-kick – Solskjaer and WIlder now argue on the touchline.
Chance for Mousset!
91 mins: Big, big save by Henderson as he springs to his right to bat away a volley from Mousset.