Manchester United Comes From Behind to Beat Sheffield United 4-2

Manchester United stage thrilling comeback to beat Sheffield United 4-2 after goalkeeper's blunder, keeping their European hopes alive.

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Manchester United Comes From Behind to Beat Sheffield United 4-2

Manchester United Comes From Behind to Beat Sheffield United 4-2

Manchester United staged a thrilling comeback to defeat Sheffield United 4-2 in a Premier League match on Wednesday at Old Trafford. The Red Devils found themselves trailing 1-0 at halftime after a blunder by goalkeeper Andre Onana gifted Sheffield United the lead, but Harry Maguire equalized for the home side just before the break.

The match got off to a disastrous start for Manchester United when Onana received a back pass from a defender in the 35th minute. The goalkeeper took a heavy touch, allowing Sheffield midfielder Jayden Bogle to intercept the ball and slot it into an empty net. United fans were furious with Onana's mistake, with some calling him "not a goalkeeper" .

However, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire brought his team level in the 42nd minute, rising to head home from a corner kick. The sides went into halftime tied at 1-1.

Sheffield United shocked the home crowd by retaking the lead early in the second half through Ben Brereton Diaz. But Manchester United responded emphatically, with Bruno Fernandes converting a penalty to make it 2-2 before firing in a long-range strike to put his team ahead for the first time in the match.

Fernandes then turned provider, setting up 20-year-old Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund to seal the 4-2 victory for Manchester United in the 82nd minute. The win moved United up to sixth place in the Premier League table and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for European competition next season.

Why this matters: The come-from-behind victory was a much-needed boost for Manchester United, who had gone four games without a win in all competitions. The three points also kept United in the hunt for a top-six finish and European qualification, which is crucial for the club's prestige and finances.

After the match, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag praised his team's resilience, saying the win had "many positives" despite the "negatives" of conceding two goals. He also hailed the debut of 18-year-old academy graduate Ethan Wheatley, who became the 250th player to progress from United's youth system to the first team when he came on as a late substitute.

Key Takeaways

  • Man Utd came from behind to beat Sheffield Utd 4-2 in Premier League match.
  • Goalkeeper Onana's mistake gifted Sheffield Utd the lead, but Maguire equalized.
  • Fernandes scored twice to put Man Utd ahead, then set up Hojlund's goal.
  • Win moved Man Utd to 6th, keeping alive hopes of European qualification.
  • Ten Hag praised team's resilience, debut of academy graduate Wheatley.