Manchester United Player Ratings vs Sheffield United

Posted By Uttiyo Sarkar on December 17, 2020
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Manchester United are looking to maintain their perfect away winning record in the Premier League this season against a winless Sheffield United side at Bramall Lane. They picked up their 10th consecutive away win in PL with a compelling 3-2 win, even after conceding early on. The Red Devils started the game poorly and went behind in the 5th minute, when a terrible mistake from Dean Henderson gifted a goal to David McGoldrick. 

United took some time to wake up, but found the equalizer in the 26th minute when Victor Lindelof’s perfectly timed long pass was latched onto by Marcus Rashford – who blasted the ball into the net. The Red Devils started purring and soon completed the turnaround in the 34th minute, with Paul Pogba teeing up Anthony Martial to score his first PL goal of the campaign from close range. 

Rashford then added another one in the 51st minute, finishing off a deadly counter-attack partly thanks to some poor goalkeeping from Aaron Ramsdale. Just when it looked like it would be an easy win for United, they made it difficult for themselves with McGoldrick scoring again in the 86th to make it 2-3. 

But Man United managed to hang onto the lead to get their sixth consecutive away win after being a goal down in each game, which is quite the incredible achievement. It’s now time to start a winning streak at home and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope that starts against Leeds United because maintaining a winning run could soon catapult his side into the title race!

Here are Manchester United player ratings vs Sheffield

Manchester United Player Ratings vs Sheffield United

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7.0) –  

Solskjaer went with a surprisingly attacking line-up which paid off, with his side dominating the Blades from early on and creating a load of chances. His tactics of making those inwards through-balls to split open Sheffield United’s high line worked perfectly, with two goals coming from that!

Ole will be worried about how his side switched off towards the end and can’t let that happen again. His substitutions didn’t feel perfect today again. But this incredible spirit he’s inscribed into his team to pull off these comeback away wins is something extraordinary and OGS deserves praise for another win on the road. 

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson (5.5) –  

A horrific start for Henderson against his former side, being extremely sloppy in moving the ball forward and allowed himself to get robbed off and McGoldrick to tap in from close. Somewhat makes up with a smart save in the 37th. Helpless to concede late on but made a big save to deny Mousset’s bomber attempt in added time that could’ve snatched a point for the Blades. Still a bittersweet return to home for him. 

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6.0)-  

Wan-Bissaka doesn’t look too comfortable with most of Sheffield’s attacks coming through his side and unable to nullify their threat in the first half. He improved his work in the second half, making some brilliant tackles and hindering the threat through his side. Still looks unconvincing going forward. 

Harry Maguire (6.5) –  

Maguire’s also playing against his former side today. He completely nullified their aerial style, winning everything in the air and consolidating his authority from the get-go. Didn’t have too much to do , but made a few crunch tackles when needed to and kept Burke quite on his side really well. 

Victor Lindelof (7.0) –  

The Iceman showcases his impressive creativity with a brilliant long-ball to assist Rashford’s strike. Doing a good job in tracking Sheffield’s attacking moves and nullifying their threat. But Lindelof’s aerial vulnerability costs him for Sheffield’s second, with McGoldrick defeating him too easily for his second. That was the only slight error in what was otherwise a solid performance capped off with a brilliant assist. 

Alex Telles (7.0) –  

Telles is back into the starting lineup as United look to make good use of his attacking ability. He created a few good chances with his stellar crosses and looked defensively much stronger than in recent games too. Made some clutch clearances, went toe-to-toe with multiple players on his side and showed no signs of nerves. Getting better with each game. 

Midfielders

Nemanja Matic (6.0) –  

Matic is making good use of his physicality to counter the sturdy opponents today. Nothing too fancy from him, but Matic ensured that United dominated the midfield battle and won key duels in his half of the field. Moved the ball forward well and gave Pogba enough freedom to create chances. 

Paul Pogba (8.0) –

Pogba looks much more comfortable with Matic beside him, allowing the Frenchman to distribute the ball forward efficiently. Makes an incredible assist for Martial’s goal with a fantastic no-look through-ball completely fooling the Sheffield defenders. Adds one for the highlight reel with a beautiful roulette to kick-start the counter-attack leading to Rashford’s second. 

The Frenchman oozed class all over and ran te show in midfield with a swagger. Dealt with the high press pretty well, opened up chances for his teammates with brilliant passes and linked-up well with Bruno again. Made things look easier than they were and was a big reason for United’s possession dominance in the game. 

Bruno Fernandes (7.0) –

Bruno needs to put in another colossal performance away from home to maintain United’s away form. Looked quite lively in the first half, swarming into the open spaces in midfield and creating a few decent chances with some brilliant passes. Put through Martial cleverly allowing him to assist Rashford.

Tries to go for the spectacular from outside the box in the 56th, only to see it go wide. Created a decent chance with a brilliant cross for Mata inside the area in the 74th. Bit unlucky not to get among the goals, but Bruno was an ever-bearing presence in United’s attack and pulled the strings really well in the final third. 

Forwards

Anthony Martial (8.0) –

Martial is yet to score a league goal this season and is desperate to change that today. Tries a very ambitious shot from afar in the 27th, only to see it saved. But he gets his goal thanks to a scrumptious Pogba assist and decent reflexes to fool the goalkeeper.

Looks to have gained confidence from that and then almost sets up one for Rashford with a clever through-ball. Gets an easy assist for Rashford’s second. Had a half-chance to score his second in the 74th but his attempt from close range was blocked. Then delivered a decent cross for Mata’s chance minute later.

Martial performed more like the clinical #9 he was last season and seems to have his confidence back again. 

Mason Greenwood (6.0) –

Greenwood scored his first-ever PL goal at Bramall Lane last season and looks to replicate his goal-scoring heroics. Linking-up pretty well with his teammates in the final third. Had one stinging shot saved by the goalkeeper in the second half, but couldn’t create much apart from that. 

Marcus Rashford (9.0) –

Rashford started the game in somewhat of a frustrating fashion, mistiming his forward runs. But gets one absolutely perfect in the 26th, sliding behind the entire Sheffield United backline before banging the ball into the net. Got a chance to score another in the 34th, but his stinging effort from close was saved well. 

But he ensured to complete his brace early in the second half, sprinting forward rapidly for the counter before his stinging shot went through Ramsdale’s arms. Rashford was unstoppable and his pacey forward runs absolutely terrorized the Sheffield United defenders. They just couldn’t handle his blistering style and Marcus produced his best performance in the league this season. 

Substitutions

Juan Mata (6.0) –

Almost made instant impact after getting the ball inside the box in the 74th, but his pass wasn’t capitalized by Martial that well. Then got his own chance to score 3 minutes later, but his shot was saved. 

Donny van de Beek (N/R) –

Van de Beek couldn’t display the creativity of Bruno and didn’t look totally in synch with the game after coming on, making very little impact. 

Scott McTominay (N/R) –

Helped his side get the job done in the end. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Sheffield United had no answers for Rashford today and Marcus was unstoppable today. Earned his brace and deserves the MOTM for that brilliant display. 

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