Sheff United 3 Man United 3

Mason Greenwood

Shef­field Uni­ted 3 Man­chester Uni­ted 3, Bramall Lane, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue Nov­ember 24, 2019. John Fleck, a free trans­fer ac­quis­i­tion from Cov­entry City, han­ded Pre­mier Lea­gue new­comers Shef­field Uni­ted a 1-0 lead fol­low­ing nine­teen min­utes of in­tense ac­tion be­fore Lys Mous­set made it 2-0 early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Goals from Brandon Wil­li­ams, Ma­son Green­wood, and Mar­cus Rash­ford turned the ga­me ar­ound for Man­chester Uni­ted, on­ly for Ol­lie McBurnie to level the score in the last minute. 

Man­chester Uni­ted had kicked-off the 2019-20 Pre­mier Lea­gue cam­paign by de­feat­ing Chel­sea 4-0 at Old Traf­ford thanks to a double by Mar­cus Rash­ford, in­clud­ing a pen­alty, and a goal apiece from An­thony Mar­tial and Dan­iel Ja­mes. Af­ter win­ning on­ly one of their next eight ga­mes, Ole Gun­nar Solskjaer´s boys fou­nd their feet ag­ain when they over­came Nor­wich City by 3-1 at Carrrow Road in late Oct­ober thro­ugh a goal each from Scott Mc­Tom­inay, Rash­ford, and Mar­tial. Then fol­lowed a 1-0 de­feat to AFC Bourne­mouth at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium on the sec­ond of Nov­ember be­fore they over­came Brighton and Hove Al­bion by a 3–1 mar­gin at Old Traf­ford eight days la­ter cour­tesy of goals from An­dreas Pe­reira, Mc­Tom­inay, and Rash­ford. Shef­field Uni­ted, for their part, had opened the sea­son wi­th a 1-1 draw ag­ainst AFC Bourne­mouth at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium, wi­th Chris Mepham scor­ing for The Cher­ries and Billy Sharp find­ing the net for the York­shire­men. Then came a 1-0 vic­tory over Crys­tal Pal­ace at Bramall Lane where for­mer Eng­land U20 in­ter­na­tion­al John Lund­stram net­ted a sec­ond-ha­lf win­ner for The Blades. This was fol­lowed by a nar­row 2-1 de­feat at ho­me to Lei­cester City and a highly cred­it­able 2-2 draw away to Chel­sea. Fol­low­ing a 1-0 loss ag­ainst early pace­set­ters Liver­pool at Bramall Lane in late Septem­ber, how­ever, they went un­defeated in their next five Pre­miership mat­ches, win­ning two and draw­ing three, to climb to fifth po­s­i­tion in the ta­ble, nine places above Man­chester United.

Man­chester Uni­ted had to make do with­out the phys­ic­al pres­ence of Eric Bailly, Dio­go Dalot, Scott Mc­Tom­inay, Paul Po­gba, Mar­cos Rojo, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah be­cause of dif­fer­ent in­jur­ies, but Ne­manja Mat­ic, Lu­ke Shaw, and Ax­el Tu­an­zebe were all avail­able for se­lec­tion ag­ain. The Cut­lers, mean­while, had to cope with­out the in­jured John Egan and Old Traf­ford loanee Dean Hen­derson who was in­eligible to fea­ture ag­ainst his par­ent club. Shef­field Uni­ted and Man­chester Uni­ted had last played each oth­er at Bramall Lane on the 18th of Nov­ember 2006, wi­th the vis­it­ing te­am win­ning the Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture 2-1 thro­ugh a brace from pro­lif­ic Three Li­ons stri­ker Way­ne Roo­ney either si­de of the in­ter­val. On this oc­ca­sion, the mat­ch was just as tough-fou­ght and goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies were evenly shared. Shef­field Uni­ted push­ed hard for­ward from the out­set and Man­chester Uni­ted and Spain shot stop­per Da­vid de Gea was for­ced in­to sev­er­al ac­ro­bat­ic saves dur­ing the open­ing sta­ges opf the tie. The So­uth York­shire si­de kept on launch­ing at­tacks and the fir­st goal of the af­ter­noon ar­rived nine­teen min­utes in­to the fir­st pe­riod when the al­ready over­worked De Gea could on­ly parry a shot from Lund­stram and John Fleck was there to bundle in the re­bound. Shef­field Uni­ted, who had not ma­naged to be­at Man­chester Uni­ted in the Pre­miership since the 15th of Au­gust 1992, con­tin­ued their pres­sure fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion of play and had their sec­ond goal in the 52nd min­ute of ac­tion thro­ugh Lys Mous­set, a £10 mil­lion sum­mer sign­ing from AFC Bourne­mouth, who power­ed a low shot from out­side the box pa­st De Gea and in­to the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of the net to give the hosts a 2-0 cush­ion. Then, wi­th time tick­ing away, Man­chester Uni­ted turned the tussle com­pletely on its head as Brandon Wil­li­ams, Ma­son Green­wood, and Rash­ford all fou­nd the net with­in the space of a mere sev­en min­utes to pro­vide the vis­it­ors wi­th a 3-2 ad­vant­age, but ag­ainst all prob­ab­il­ity, Shef­field Uni­ted came back to earn them­selves a vi­tal point wi­th Scot­land at­tack­er Oli McBurnie hit­ting the equal­iser for the ho­me out­fit in the fi­nal min­ute of the clash.

In oth­er Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­tures, Man­chester City de­feated Chel­sea 2-1 at East­lands, Liver­pool over­came Crys­tal Pal­ace 2-1 at Sel­hurst Park, AFC Bourne­mouth lost 2-1 to Wol­ves at Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium, Ar­senal and South­ampton drew 2-2 at Emir­ates Sta­dium, Burn­ley thumped Wat­ford 3-0 at Vicar­age Road, Ever­ton suc­cumbed to a 2-0 loss to Nor­wich City at Good­ison Park, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur got the bet­ter of West Ham Uni­ted 3-2 at Lon­don Sta­dium, Brighton and Hove Al­bion went down 2-0 to Lei­cester City at Amex Sta­dium, and As­ton Vil­la emer­ged 2-0 win­ners over New­castle Uni­ted at Vil­la Park. Fol­low­ing the 3-3 draw ag­ainst Shef­field Uni­ted at Bramall Lane, Man­chester Uni­ted were now sit­ting ninth in the ta­ble wi­th 17 points won from 13 ga­mes played. Shef­field Uni­ted Te­am: Si­mon Moore, Jack O’­Con­nell, Enda Stevens, Phil Ja­gielka, Chris Bas­ham, Ge­orge Bal­dock, John Fleck, John Lund­stram, Oliv­er Nor­wood, Da­vid McGoldrick, Lys Mous­set. Sub­stitutes: Lu­ke Free­man, Muhamed Be­s­ic, Ben Os­born, Cal­lum Robin­son, Ol­lie McBurnie, Billy Sharp, Mi­chael Ver­rips. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Vic­tor Lin­delof, Harry Ma­guire, Brandon Wil­li­ams, Phil Jones, An­dreas Pe­reira, Aar­on Wan-Bis­saka, Fred, Dan­iel Ja­mes, Mar­cus Rash­ford, An­thony Mar­tial. Sub­stitutes: Ax­el Tu­an­zebe, Ja­mes Garner, Ash­ley Young, Ju­an Ma­ta, Jesse Lin­gard, Ma­son Green­wood, Lee Grant.


Marcus Rashford Quickfacts

Mar­cus Rash­ford sco­red the on­ly goal of the en­counter as Man­chester Uni­ted be­at re­cently pro­moted Hull City 1-0 in a Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture at KCOM Sta­dium on the 27th of Au­gust 2016.


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