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Solskjaer eyes title challenge after Man Utd firepower stuns Sheffield Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed he would be disappointed if his Manchester United players did not believe they could mount a title challenge.

No-one should have any doubts after they came from behind yet again to make it six wins out of six on the road.

The Reds would be second, just two points behind leaders Liverpool, if they won their game in hand away to Burnley and they could put themselves in the mix in this open title race.

They definitely have the firepower, having scored at least three in each of their six away games, and Marcus Rashford was unplayable, scoring twice.

Anthony Martial broke his goalscoring duck with his first goal in 10 league games and it did not matter that playmaker Bruno Fernandes had a quiet night.

United collected all three points after a convincing win over Sheffield Utd

Paul Pogba put aside the uncertainty about his future to come to the party and his turn in the build-up to the third goal was pure class.

It is certainly a more positive narrative for Solskjaer after the huge disappointment of last week’s Champions League exit as he celebrates two years in charge tomorrow.

He has already experienced several lows and sustaining a title tilt would go a long way to showing his critics that he can bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

David McGoldrick of Sheffield United scores the opening goal past Dean Henderson
David McGoldrick of Sheffield United scores the opening goal past Dean Henderson

For the Blades, there was just more disappointment and this loss made it a club record eighth straight league defeat.

They never gave up and almost snatched a point at the death when Dean Henderson made a fine save from Lys Mousset.

But they remain stuck on one point and it will take a miracle of biblical proportions for them to survive.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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The Blades desperately need a helping hand and they got one from Henderson when he gifted his old side the opener after five minutes.

He was too lackadaisical exchanging passes with Harry Maguire in his own box and Oli Burke tackled him to lay the ball off for David McGoldrick to tap home into the empty net.

The Blades’ good luck did not last and Sander Berge limped off with a hamstring injury to be replaced by the 38-year-old Phil Jagielka.

Marcus Rashford smashes home United's equaliser
Marcus Rashford smashes home United’s equaliser

The home side, now with five centre-halves on the pitch, should have doubled their lead when John Fleck shot just wide from a great opportunity.

That was a big moment and Rashford equalised on 26 minutes with an outrageous piece of skill.

He controlled Victor Lindelof’s through ball brilliantly on his right boot and fired home past Aaron Ramsdale.

Anthony Martial pokes the ball past Aaron Ramsdale to put United in front
Anthony Martial pokes the ball past Aaron Ramsdale to put United in front

The visitors were on top and John Egan made a goal-saving clearance from Martial before they took the lead on 33 minutes.

Pogba split open the the Blades’ defence with an incisive pass and Martial touched it past Ramsdale before slotting home.

It might have been three and Rashford was denied by Ramsdale.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now eyeing a title tilt from his troops
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now eyeing a title tilt from his troops

It was three on 51 minutes when the Reds sliced the Blades open right through the middle and a slick passing move, involving Pogba, Fernandes and Martial was crowned when Rashford side footed home underneath the hapless Ramsdale.

That should have been it, but the home side kept fighting and pulled one back on 87 minutes when Lindelof’s headed clearance rebounded in off McGoldrick.

Henderson then made amends for his early howler when he made a fine save to keep out Mousset’s stoppage-time volley.




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