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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.
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