It was so nearly a vintage Manchester United comeback at Bramall Lane, but an injury time strike from Oliver McBurnie rescued a point for Sheffield United in a 3-3 draw on Sunday.
The away side were quite clearly out of their depth in the first half and deservedly 1-0 down at the break. John Fleck scored the opener in the 19th minute after David De Gea made another stunning save to deny John Lundstram.
Solskjaer switched formations for the second period, but Lys Mousset was still able to double his side’s advantage seven minutes after the restart with a fine strike.
Then three goals in nine minutes for United completed a remarkable turnaround. Brandon Williams struck in the 72nd minute before substitute Mason Greenwood scored his first Premier League goal five minutes later, followed by a Marcus Rashford finish that took the lead.
The visitors failed to hold on though and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
STARTING XI (3-4-3)
De Gea 6 – Made some outstanding saves in the first half. Could easily have been further behind at the break but for him.
Lindelof 4 – Far from his best and got dragged out of position often. Looked better in the second half.
Maguire 5 – Didn’t do too much wrong but could’ve closed down Mousset quicker for the second goal.
Jones 2 – Had an absolute nightmare and was hooked at half-time. Poor positioning and then committed a direct error that led to the opener.
Wan-Bissaka 4 – Could barely get close to anyone in the first half but improved in the closing stages.
Pereira 4 – Completely out of his depth in central midfield and was wasteful with the precious few spells of possession United did manage.
Fred 5 – Wasn’t as bad as some of his team-mates. Showed good energy but seemed to be crowded out in midfield.
Williams 6 – Showed his lack of experience and seemed overwhelmed. All that changed after his superb goal though.
James 6 – Had a few good bursts forward but his decision making saw attacks fizzle out. Far more decisive in the second half.
Martial 5 – Operated on the periphery of this encounter. Had a half-decent shot from distance but his biggest failing was an inability to hold up the ball.
Rashford 7 – Showed plenty of drive and endeavour but had little to work with around him. Came good towards the end, scoring and assisting goals.
Lingard (46′) 6 – Came on with a change in system and brought about an improvement in play.
Greenwood (73′) 7 – Caused several problems when he came on and scored the equaliser.
Tuanzebe (85′) N/A – Brought on to add defensive cover but only meant United sat too deep.
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