For all the fuss about Manchester United exiting the champions league , have not faired all that badly in the league especially away from home.Last night Ole made a big call in goal replacing the long time number 1 De Gea with Henderson(former Blade). From what transpired in the opening stages of the match,it looked an uninspiring decision. A howler similar to De Gea versus Everton last season gave Sheffield United a lift.
MANCHESTER UNITED tried to do a Man City and play out from the back with shot passes between Lindelof. Maguire and Henderson. Dean was closed down by Burke who touched the ball to Irishman McGoldrick to fire home. The home side was the better team in the opening 10 minutes, fired up to end this long winless run they are under.Misses such as the one by Fleck in the first half proved very costly at the end. The red devils, with the trio of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood back playing together began to grow into the game. It was the home grown talent Rashford who latched onto a beauty of a pass from who else but Bruno Fernandes to score past Ramsdale in the 26th minute. Pogba, given the nod to start ahead of Fred despite all the off field noise,played another beauty of a first time pass beyond the Sheffield defense to find Martial in the 33rd minute. His initial miss kick seemed to confuse the diving Ramsdale. The ball bounced above him giving Martial a clear sight at goal to stab home.
The Blades had a hard time dealing with Bruno’s precise passing all game. Man United made it 3-1 in minute 51 with another pass from him finding Martial who laid it on for Rashford to pass it into the net under a diving Ramsdale’s arms Ramsdale clearly should have done better.. That proved to be the clincher. In the closing stages, in minute 87 to be precise, SHEFFIELD pulled one back after some school boy defending by United during the set piece corner kick. Lindelof won the initial header but headed it straight onto the head of McGoldrick into Henderson’s net. When heading a ball in a crowded box it is better not to head into the crowded part of the box. One would rather find the touch line for a corner or a throw in to be safe. Ole wont mind this though as long as the result finished in favor of the red devils to ease some pressure on him given all the talk about Pochettino. Man United are just 5 points from table topping Liverpool with the Mancunian club having a game in hand over their fierce rivals. It looks gloomy for Sheffield United on the other hand. With no win and just one point from thirteen,they languish 9 points adrift from safety number 17.