As Manchester United once again came from behind to beat beleaguered Sheffield United 3-2 and go sixth in the Premier League, Marcus Rashford scored twice to spare Dean Henderson’s blushes.
A terrible error by goalkeeper Henderson, replacing David de Gea with his former club, set David McGoldrick’s early opening goal on a plate at Bramall Lane on Thursday.
Yet as they created another fightback, Rashford equalizing and Anthony Martial scoring his first top-flight goal of the season to bring them in front at half-time, it was deja vu for the Red Devils.
On the break, the visitors were a massive threat as they bossed the second half and Rashford took his season tally to 12 as they made it 10 straight Premier League wins away despite McGoldrick’s late second ensuring a tense ending.
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The men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to come from behind to take all six top-flight matches away from home, although, with just one point out of 13 games, the Blades remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Henderson gave the Blades the lead just five minutes later when Oliver Burke, who set McGoldrick up for a tap-in, caught him dwelling on the ball.
After Phil Jagielka substituted the injured Sander Berge, an unmarked John Fleck could have doubled the bottom side’s advantage when he shot wide from just inside the penalty area.
With two goals in the span of seven minutes, the ruthless Red Devils turned things around, Rashford pacing his sprint to perfection and controlling Victor Lindelof’s ball over the top with a great first touch before clinically rifling home with his right foot.
With a brilliant first-time pass, Paul Pogba then set up France team-mate Martial to put United in front at the second attempt 33 minutes in.
A devastating counter-attack that gave Solskjaer’s side a two-goal cushion six minutes into the second half began with Pogba’s brilliant ability and pass, Aaron Ramsdale at fault as he allowed Rashford’s shot to go under his body.
Until Lindelof’s header from a corner hit McGoldrick on the head and went in to give the Blades hope, only desperate Blades defending denied Martial a second goal, but they could not rescue a point after Henderson made a brilliant save to deny Lys Mousset in stoppage time.