Sheffield United scored a dramatic late equaliser to salvage a point against Manchester United, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had recovered from two goals down to lead at Bramall Lane.
Yet this was an uncomfortable watch for long spells as his players were bullied by the newly promoted Blades – days after Mauricio Pochettino, linked with a move to Old Trafford last season, became available after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.
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)
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).