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Football | McGoldrick brace not enough for Blades against Red Devils

Manchester United have come from behind to defeat Sheffield United 3-2 in the Premier League at Bramall Lane.

Former Republic of Ireland striker David McGoldrick scored a brace for the Blades, but goals from Marcus Rashford (two) and Martial (one) turned the game around for Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side after McGoldrick capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake from Dean Henderson to give the Blades a well-deserved lead in the fifth minute.

McGoldrick then gave Chris Wilder's hosts hope with his second goal in the 87th minute, but United held on for an important victory.

The Red Devils came into this game after scoreless stalemate in the Manchester Derby last weekend.

There was a start in goal for Dean Henderson, who made a return to Bramall Lane after spending all of last season with the Blades while on loan from United. But it wasn’t the happiest of returns for the England international after he gifted the hosts a dream start in a shocking error.

United were not quick enough to distribute the ball from defence, with Harry Maguire playing the ball back to Henderson, who was immediately put under pressure by the pressing Oliver Burke.

Burke blocked Henderson's attempted pass, allowing McGoldrick to convert from close range.

Sheffield had a great chance to double their lead in the 18th minute when Chris Basham played Burke through on the right wing.

The overlapping defender cut the ball back to John Fleck on the edge of the box. The Scottish midfielder had all the time in the world, but somehow, he fired his left-footed shot wide from 20 yards.

Six minutes later Sheffield were to pay for their missed opportunity, as Rashford hit the back of the net with a sublime finish.

A long ball by Victor Lindelof split the Sheffield United defence open, sending Rashford through on goal. After taking just one touch, the forward unleashed a wicked strike past Aaron Ramsdale into the bottom left corner from 20 yards.

The comeback was complete seven minutes later when Anthony Martial got his first league goal of the season. The French striker - who was on the end of a delightful pass by Paul Pogba - was denied by the onrushing Ramsdale with his first attempt, but calmly finished his second effort after the ball fell back to him.

United then took full control of the game, and could have been further ahead on numerous occasions but only for the intervention of Ramsdale to keep the scoreline at 2-1 at the break.

Within six minutes of the restart United had doubled their lead when Rashford got his second goal of the game, squeezing a low shot under Ramsdale after a free-flowing attack from the Red Devils which involved Pogba, Fernandes and Martial. Ramsdale will feel he should have saved Rashford's low strike.

There was a dramatic conclusion in the final three minutes plus stoppage time to this tie. McGoldrick got his second of the game after Fleck delivered a corner to the back post and Lindelof challenged McGoldrick in the air. The Swedish defender’s attempted clearance hit the back of the forward's head and the ball deflected intp the bottom corner of the net.

Sheffield came ever so close to getting an equalising goal after a long ball from Ramsdale was headed down to Lyn Mousset by Rhian Brewster .

Mousset's fierce first-time shot flew towards the left-hand corner of the net, but his effort was met with a sublime save from Henderson, who more than made up from his error earlier on the game.

After the victory, United are the fourth side in English top-flight history to record 10 consecutive away league wins, after Spurs (10 between April & October 1960), Chelsea (11 between April & December 2008) and Manchester City (11 between May and December 2017).

The Red Devils have now scored at least twice in 10 consecutive away league games – the longest such run by a team in the top flight since Spurs in October 1960.

United will now turn their attention to a meeting with Leeds at Old Trafford on Sunday.


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