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Manchester United’s Defending For Sheffield United’s Winner Was An Absolute Disaster

Manchester United’s Defending For Sheffield United’s Winner Was An Absolute Disaster

Manchester United gave a lesson in how never to defend when they allowed the Premier League's bottom club Sheffield United to seal a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

Oliver Burke scored the winner via deflection off Axel Tuanzebe, but it was the hapless state of the defending in the build-up to Burke's shot that had Man United fans watching on with horror.

Harry Maguire intercepted a pass across the face of the goal by poking the ball right at David de Gea, who gently passed it directly to John Lundstram in space. No idea why.

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Then Tuanzebe had a chance to clear the ball but he tamely gave the ball straight back to Sheffield United. And eventually - after being given so many opportunities to shoot - the Blades took one and grabbed a 2-1 lead, which they'd hold to full-time.

Quite why Manchester United's players decided to give their opponents so much space in and around the box - or chose not to blast the ball into Row Z at any point - is something the lord alone knows.

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It was a comedy of errors to end a lifeless performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. Kean Bryan gave the visitors a shock lead with a first-half header, following De Gea's failed attempt to punch the ball clear.

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But many fans assumed when Maguire equalised with a thumping second-half header that United would go on to take the three points.

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Instead, all the points are going to Sheffield, as the Blades scored their first win at Old Trafford since 1973. The result put Chris Wilder's side on eight points and ensured Manchester City sit alone top of the Premier League table.

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Sheffield United, Premier League

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