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Manchester United survived the scares early in the first half and late in the second to beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in an entertaining 3-2 Premier League victory.
The Red Devils were left behind early on when Oliver Burke rushed Dean Henderson into possession, causing the keeper to lose his balance and allow David McGoldrick to tap.
United redoubled their performance and found the equalizer in the 26th minute, after a long pass from Victor Lindelof found Marcus Rashford. The England international cushioned the ball perfectly before passing Aaron Ramsdale.
United took the lead seven minutes later when a splendid pass from Paul Pogba found Anthony Martial to score on the second down.
The visitors extended their lead early in the second half with a wonderful team goal, as Rashford doubled his tally thanks to a poor goal from Ramsdale. Sheffield United pulled one back late after Lindelof headed a corner kick to McGoldrick’s head and into the net.
The Blades nearly stole a point at the end when Lys Mousset slammed a volley into goal from the edge of the box, but Henderson redeemed himself with an acrobatic save to seal victory three.
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 10/3 – A shocking performance as it seemed to instill fear and nervousness in his bottom line.
Chris Basham (CB) – 5/10 – He moved to midfield after Berge was injured and struggled to have a real effect on the game.
John Egan (CB) – 5/10 – He struggled with the dynamism of the visitors’ attack but couldn’t do much with any of the goals.
Jack Robinson (CB) – 4/10 – Rashford ran in rags all night. A difficult night that you will want to forget sooner rather than later.
George Baldock (RWB) – 5/10 – Another who could not contain Rashford on the night but all the goals came from the other side of the field.
Enda Stevens (LWB) – 5/10 – He did relatively well against Greenwood and did well going forward as well. Just not your night.
Sander Berge (CM) – N / A – It only lasted a couple of minutes before waking up with a hamstring injury.
Ethan Ampadu (CM) – 5/10 – He was overrun in midfield and could not cope with Pogba. A learning curve for the Chelsea borrower.
John Fleck (CM) – May 10 – I was close to doubling his lead at first, but after that he was pretty anonymous. I received a corner assist at the end.
David McGoldrick (ST) – 6/10 – He was not fantastic with his game overall, but he comes out with two goals on the night and overall he will be satisfied with the performance.
Oliver Burke (ST) – May 10 – Henderson closed to force the goal error but barely saw the ball after that.
Phil Jagielka – 3/10 – A tough night for the veteran, who entered at ten minutes but was later replaced on the hour. Run tattered all night around Rashford.
Lys Mousset – 4/10 – He had a great effort at the end of the game saved by Henderson that would have earned them a point.
Rhian Brewster – N / A
Dean Henderson (GK) – 5/10 – Henderson made a big mistake early in the game and looked shaky during the first half, but made a big save late in the game to secure all three points.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 5/10 – He didn’t have much to do at all times and avoided all attacks from his side.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – 6/10 – Unfortunately his header came off McGoldrick at the end to make it 3-2, but was otherwise excellent again.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 6/10 – He led well from behind and kept Sheffield United’s attack quiet for the most part.
Alex Telles (LB) – 5/10 – Good performance moving forward with crisp passes, but seemed nervous on defense, especially towards the end.
Nemanja Matic (CM) – 5/10 – It seems like his legs really let him down in the first half, but a consistent performance after the break.
Paul Pogba (CM) – 10/8 – A top-notch performance by the Frenchman showed why there is always so much ‘blah blah blah’ surrounding his future. He received an assist and was very involved in the third goal.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 10/6 – A quiet night for the magnificent Portuguese, but it still created a few occasions. It is the first time United have won this season without him having scored a goal or an assist.
Mason Greenwood (RW) – 6/10 – He worked hard all night and was always a threat, but he never got a touch of the green in the attacking third.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – 9/10 – The best player on the field. Always making things happen and he scored two huge goals. The best player of the Red Devils.
Anthony Martial (ST) – 7/10 – He worked hard throughout and finally made it onto the roster. He grabbed an assist for good measure and looked back at his usual self.
Juan Mata (RW) – N / A
Donny Van de Beek – N / A
Scott McTominay – N / A