Manchester United become first Premier League side EVER to win six consecutive away games after conceding first as Marcus Rashford strikes twice to sink spirited Sheffield United December 17, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Manchester United became the first Premier League side in history to win six consecutive away games after conceding first as they defeated rock-bottom Sheffield United 3-1 at Bramall Lane.
Prior to the Red Devils’ victory, no side had ever won six away games after conceding first in a single campaign, with Aston Villa in 1993-94 the only other side to do five (from 21 games).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kicked off a crucial run of six matches in 16 days in familiar fashion at the beleaguered Blades, where this season’s run of winning away league games after falling behind extended to a sixth match.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial turned things around in a first half that started with Dean Henderson inexpiably allowing David McGoldrick to score, with Rashford extending Manchester United’s advantage at the end of a fine team move early in the second half .
But Chris Wilder’s men threatened a stunning late comeback, with McGoldrick netting his second before Henderson made amends for his early error by producing a superb stoppage-time save to deny Lys Mousset and seal a 3-2 win for the visitors.
Manchester United jump to sixth in the standings – just five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand – after Thursday’s trip to the historically bad Blades at an empty Bramall Lane.
Henderson’s error allowed McGoldrick to score and the home team to dream but yet again Solskjaer’s men rallied, with Rashford following a fine touch with a sweet strike before Martial’s first Premier League goal of the season turned the game on its head in the 33rd minute.
Poor goalkeeping from Aaron Ramsdale allowed Rashford to finish a sublime team move early in the second half but the rock-bottom Blades did not give up.
McGoldrick’s late goal brought a tense finish that would have ended all square was it not for a superb late save from Henderson.
Rashford equalised just 20 minutes later after he raced onto a superb Victor Lindelof ball from his own half before lashing superbly past Aaron Ramsdale.
Anthony Martial swung the momentum the visitors’ way shortly after as he got onto a stunning Paul Pogba pass to slot into an empty net after a misjudgement from Ramsdale.
Shortly after the break, referee Michael Oliver impressively allowed play to continue when Mason Greenwood was fouled in the middle of a fine team move that ended with Rashford slotting past Ramsdale for his second of the match.
McGoldrick headed in his second of the match late on but ultimately it was too little, too late for the rock-bottom Blades, who look in deep trouble with one point after 13 matches.