Man United stunned at home by bottom club Sheffield, title hopes in jeopardy




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Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Premier League’ bottom club Sheffield United on Wednesday to leave Manchester City alone at top of table.

Substitute Oliver Burke grabbed 74th-minute winner after Harry Maguire had cancelled out Kean Bryan’ first-half opener for Yorkshire side who had won just one league game all season before their trip to Old Trafford.

City are top on 41 points, a point ahead of United who have played one game more.

Chris Wilder’ side went into game worst record, after 19 , Premier League history and without a league at Old Trafford 48 years.

But 38-year-old Everton defender Phil Jagielka marshalling their , they showed exactly the kind of determination and fight they will if they are to somehow get out of trouble.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to rotate his , leaving out Fred and Scott McTominay from central midfield and had a big impact on the game United lacking the intensity and pressure pair have been providing the centre of the pitch.

Sheffield United, who now have eight points, went ahead the 23rd minute when Bryan headed John Fleck’s corner with United keeper David De Gea flapping at the cross, although replays suggested he may have been pushed by Sheffield striker Billy Sharp.

United’s frustration decision was amplified when Anthony Martial had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled out for a foul by Harry Maguire on keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Solskjaer’s side were lacking any of the zip and invention of their recent good run of form but managed to get on level terms when their Sheffield born captain Harry Maguire met an Alex Telles corner with an unstoppable header.

United paid the from hesitant defending, however, when Burke’s low drive deflected Axel Tuanzebe and crashed in the underside of the crossbar.

Burke was ecstatic at his club’s first at Old Trafford since 1973.

“Amazing result, really was a must- for us and I’m chuffed for the boys, they put in a great shift. Amazing feeling and amazing for me to get the goal, I am buzzing for the boys and hopefully we can take that into our next ,” he said.

“We showed great courage and great determination. We show great character and never , every game we have showed great football but just not taken three points.”

(Reuters)