Man Utd held 3-3 by Sheffield United in EPL

Man Utd held 3-3 by Sheffield United in EPL
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford fight for the ball against Sheffield United players during their EPL match.
London, Nov 25 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/25/2019 11:01:32 AM IST

Oli McBurnie’s 90th-minute equaliser arrested a second-half Sheffield United capitulation as they salvaged a point in thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United at Bramall Lane.

Substitute McBurnie’s effort was allowed to stand after a VAR review found no evidence of handball, sparking delirious scenes as the Blades rescued themselves from the jaws of defeat.

Sheffield United looked set to pile more away-day misery on the visitors when goals in either half from John Fleck and Lys Mousset left the Blades 18 minutes away from claiming another huge Premier League scalp.

But Brandon Williams’ first Manchester United goal sparked a late collapse from the hosts that saw substitute Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford score in the space of seven minutes. 

However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side within touching distance of completing a stunning turnaround, along came another twist as McBurnie’s shot squirmed past David de Gea, leaving both sides to settle with a point.

The Blades were made to wait for the breakthrough and had it not been for De Gea they would have hit the front on 11 minutes, the Spaniard producing a stunning double save to thwart John Lundstram’s volley before he got a hand to David McGoldrick’s header.

But it was only a matter of time before Sheffield United took a deserved lead, and there was nothing De Gea could do this time. Mousset shrugged Phil Jones off the ball far to easily, crossed for Lundstram whose first-time shot was saved by De Gea but crucially parried into the path of Fleck, who bundled the Blades into the lead.

It took Manchester United 29 minutes to test goalkeeper Simon Moore on his Premier League debut as Anthony Martial mustered the visitors’ first and only shot on target before the break, but the Blades stopper coped with ease. With Sheffield United unbeaten since January 2014 in the 89 games in which they have led at half-time, Manchester United’s hopes of staging a comeback were slim - and those hopes looked to have been were extinguished on 52 minutes.

Andreas Pereira gave the ball away cheaply in midfield and the Blades pounced as Fleck’s disguised pass inside released Mousset through on goal where unleashed a brilliantly precise shot into the bottom corner past the outstretched arm of De Gea. That looked to have settled the contest in Sheffield United’s favour, but a remarkable seven minutes swung a game that had never been under Manchester United’s control in the visitors’ favour.

First, Williams lashed a volley into the bottom corner after a clearance fell to him in the box. On came Greenwood and within four minutes Manchester United were level as he poked Rashford’s cross home before Rashford got on the end of Daniel James cross to complete the comeback.

But just as it seemed Manchester had escaped with all three points, Sheffield roared back as McBurnie latched onto Callum Robinson’s cross, and not even VAR could deny the Blades a deserved point.

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