Old Trafford Shocker! Blades cut United's run to hand City advantage

Manchester United 1-2 Sheffiled United: Old Trafford Shocker! Blades cut United's run to hand Man City advantage in the race for the Premier League ti

 

Sheffield United's Oliver Burke scoring the winner against Manchester United
Sheffield's Oliver Burke fires one in at Old Trafford to earn the visitors a shock win in the premier league on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)

Stranger things have happened in football, especially in the English Premier League, Norwich beat Manchester City 3-2 last season, Watford beat Liverpool 3-0 at the latter’s strongest, but Sheffield beating United at Old Trafford? When the stake is at the highest considering City’s form?

 

You can make a case for the Liverpool side that was battered 7-2 by Aston Villa, fatigue on the account of last season’s heroics and the pressure of multiple games but what excuse do you have for Manchester United.


A team that wants to challenge for the title, losing to bottom club Sheffield United right at Old Trafford?

 

Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by the Premier League's bottom club Sheffield United on Wednesday to leave Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City alone at the top of the table.

 

Chris Wilder’s side went into the game with the worst record in the league, just one win in nineteen games.


And not a single honest Blade fan would expect three points at the home of the team at the top but after Greenwood missed a sitter, Sheffield scored.


Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes in full fight against Sheffield United

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer had rotated with Arsenal coming up away at the weekend, leaving out Scott McTominay and that had an instant impact on the team with the midfield lacking the intensity and pressure the missing pair offer;

 

Regardless, the chosen duo of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba should be enough to handle the Blades.


And considering the Sheffield defense had a 38-year-old Phil Jagielka, one would have handed the United forwards the night to savor.

 

Sheffield United, who now have eight points went ahead in the 23rd minute when Bryan headed in John Fleck’s corner with United keeper David De Gea flapping at the cross.


Although replays suggested he may have been pushed by Sheffield striker Billy Sharp.

 

United's frustration over that decision was amplified when Anthony Martial had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out for a foul by Harry Maguire on keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

 

Solskjaer's side were lacking any of the zip and invention of their recent good run of form but managed to get on level terms when their Sheffield born captain Harry Maguire met an Alex Telles corner with an unstoppable header.

 

United paid the price from hesitant defending, however, when Burke's low drive deflected off Axel Tuanzebe and crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.


Burke was ecstatic at his club's first win at Old Trafford since 1973.

"Amazing result, really was a must-win for us and I'm chuffed for the boys, they put in a great shift. Amazing feeling and amazing for me to get the goal, I am buzzing for the boys and hopefully we can take that into our next games," he said.

"We showed great courage and great determination. We show great character and never stop, every game we have showed great football but just not taken three points."

City are top on 41 points, a point ahead of United who have played one game more.

 

 

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