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Chris Wilder’s team battled the Red Devils at Bramall Lane, but ultimately succumbed to their 12th Premier League loss in 13 games.
Sheffield United’s disastrous start to the Premier League season is officially the worst in the history of top-flight English football.
Their 3-2 home loss to Manchester United on Thursday means they have only won one point from their first 13 games.
No other team has had such a poor start to a top flight season in England. The Blades’ only point came in a 1-1 draw against Fulham in mid-October.
Surprisingly, nine of their 12 losses so far have been by a single goal, including Thursday’s game, as well as narrow losses to Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City.
Chris Wilder’s team took the lead early on against the Red Devils, with David McGoldrick benefiting from an error by former loan-man Dean Henderson at goal.
Marcus Rashford tied the score before Anthony Martial finished off a sublime pass from Paul Pogba from behind to see the visitors ahead at half-time. Rashford scored a second after halftime before McGoldrick scored a consolation goal for the hosts.
Sheffield United is now nine points from safety and last in the Premier League. Burnley, the current 17th-place team, also has a game in hand.
The contrast to last season, when his surprise European attack only faded late in the period, could hardly be clearer. Wilder’s team’s 12 league losses so far this season are as many as they suffered throughout the 2019/20 season.
Meanwhile, McGoldrick’s first goal was his first open-play goal since the Irishman’s effort against Arsenal on Oct. 4, which ended a league-scoring 59-shot open-play streak.
“At this level, you get punished if you don’t risk it,” McGoldrick reflected after the game. “We were in the game for the full 90 minutes.
“We had a great chat after the Southampton game as players. We knew we weren’t playing and cleared up a few things with a long chat in the locker room. If the fans were here, I think we might have had a little more momentum in that.
“Every game until the end of the season. We are not going to give up. We continue to believe that once the first victories come, we can build something.”