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3 Reasons Why Manchester United were held to a 3-3 draw by Sheffield United

Ferdie
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:08 IST

Harry Maguire was tested plenty by the Sheffield United forwards
Harry Maguire was tested plenty by the Sheffield United forwards

Manchester United were 20 minutes from defeat and 3 minutes from a win but the insane game eventually ended in a draw. In what was a rollercoaster of a game for both sides, it'll be a bittersweet end for Ole Gunnar Solkjaer and Chris Wilder.

Sheffield United controlled the game entirely in the first half, preventing Manchester United from creating anything meaningful while looking dangerous in attack at the other end. Their two goals in the first half forced United to change tack and something seemed to click for them in the second half as they got back into it.

A spell of eight minutes is all it took for Solskjaer's men to get back in the game, equalise, and go ahead. It may have been simple for the home side to accept the comeback and let match dawdle to an end but they showed a burst of quality and determination to nick another goal and equalise.

15 minutes of horror for Sheffield United

Rashford capped off an 8-minute spell when Sheffield United looked hapless
Rashford capped off an 8-minute spell when Sheffield United looked hapless

Chris Wilder's teams are never without a gameplan. It seemed evident from the starting whistle that they had identified United's left flank as a weak point and consistently tried to create overloads down that side. When the play got crowded on that wing, a quick switch of play opened it up again.

Everything went to plan for about 60 minutes and just when they were starting to settle for the result and set up shop, Manchester United had a fortunate breakthrough with the ball landing at Brandon Williams' feet and the teenager made no mistake in a crowded box.

For the 15 minutes that followed, Sheffield seemed to have lost all sense of a plan. They were all over the place and the likes of Daniel James had plenty of space to operate in and run at the defenders. Not only did they go ahead but they could have gone ahead if they had taken all their chances.

Only late on did Sheffield start to regain composure and get at the Manchester United defence, just about in time.

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Published 25 Nov 2019, 01:19 IST
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