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Sheffield United scored a dramatic late equaliser to salvage a point against Manchester United

Chris Wilder

Despite their late comeback, United have won just one of their past 11 Premier League away games. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 12 top-flight away games, their worst streak since a run of 15 in 1985-86.

With more points dropped, Manchester United sit nine points adrift of the top four Champions League qualification spots.

They managed just one shot on target during a woeful first-half showing – Anthony Martial testing goalkeeper Simon Moore, who was making his first Premier League start, in the 29th minute.

Their second shot on target started the comeback – Williams’ shot nestling in the corner before Greenwood’s equaliser after good work by Rashford, who converted the third from Daniel James’ cut-back.

Spirited Blades battle to the end

Wilder did not know whether to laugh or cry at the final whistle after a game which provoked an incredible roller-coaster of emotions.

Despite missing first-choice keeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United and ineligible to play against them – as well as ever-present defender John Egan, the Blades turned on the style.

Mousset is proving one of the bargain buys of the season. Since joining from Bournemouth for £10m in the summer, the French forward has four Premier League goals and three assists.

He was heavily involved in his side’s first before producing a sublime finish to double the lead.

Wilder will be concerned at the way his defence capitulated but Sheffield United’s never-say-die spirit was once again evident.

This was the fifth time this season they have come from behind to salvage a point in the Premier League.

Man of the match – Lys Mousset (Sheffield United)

Lys Mousset
Sheffield United striker Lys Mousset worked hard in the build-up to his side’s opener, before scoring a great goal in an all-round impressive display

Man Utd dangerous when two-goals down – the stats

  • Manchester United have avoided defeat in 25 Premier League games when losing by two or more goals – three more than any other side.
  • This was the highest-scoring Premier League draw involving Manchester United since January 2016, when they drew 3-3 with Newcastle United.
  • Sheffield United are the first newly promoted team to score three goals against Manchester United in a Premier League game since Leicester City won 5-3 in September 2014.
  • In Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood, Manchester United had two teenagers score in a Premier League match for the first time since Wayne Rooney and Giuseppe Rossi scored against Sunderland in October 2005.
  • Sheffield United have benefited from more goals (five) from substitutes in the Premier League this season than any other side.
  • Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been involved in eight goals in his past five Premier League appearances against newly promoted opponents.
  • Phil Jagielka made his first Premier League start for Sheffield United since May 2007, a gap of 4,578 days. The only player to have a longer gap between starts for a club is Wayne Rooney for Everton between 2004 and 2017 (4,837 days).

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