Basement Boys Sheffield United Stun Man Utd At Old Trafford

Manchester United  went into the game in fine form and were riding high after knocking arch-rivals Liverpool out of the FA Cup in emphatic fashion last weekend.

Their run has put them into the title picture and a win at Old Trafford on Wednesday would have moved them back above rivals Manchester City to the summit of the Premier League table.

However, in what is one of the shock results of the season so far, Manchester United slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chris Wilder’s Blades, who have been rooted to the bottom of the table since the opening day in what was the worst start to a season by any team in Premier League history.

Kean Bryan opened the scoring in a first half in which Martial saw an  equaliser ruled out for an apparent foul by Harry Maguire on goalkeeper  Aaron Ramsdale.

Maguire  did eventually find a leveller in the second half but Solskjaer’s comeback kings floundered rather than rallied.

The Blades capitalised on some atrocious defending as substitute Oliver Burke struck home off of Axel Tuanzebe to seal the win – only their second Premier League triumph of a wretched season.

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United’s Old Trafford defeat ended a 13-match unbeaten run as Oliver Burke fired the struggling Yorkshire outfit to victory and also pierced the growing bubble of optimism around the club.

Manchester United conceded again due to poor defending as they allowed substitute Burke to fire the visitors back in front to claim just their second win from 20 matches this term.

The defeat gives Manchester City a chance to go four points ahead of United if they win their match in hand on the Red Devils, having thrashed West Brom for a seventh straight league win on Tuesday night.

A first victory over Liverpool since March 2018, at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Sunday after drawing against the Reds in the league at Anfield a week earlier, had given United fresh belief that they could go on and end an eight-year title drought this season.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident his side will respond to their defeat against Sheffield United  when they  visit  Arsenal at the weekend.


Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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