Sheffield United produced the biggest shock of the Premier League season last night, winning at Old Trafford to give their faint hopes of survival an unlikely, but huge boost.
Chris Wilder’s United stunned title-chasing Manchester United as substitute Olivier Burke secured the rock-bottom Yorkshire side just their second Premier League win of a wretched season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were riding the crest of a wave after Sunday’s FA Cup win against Liverpool, only to be brought crashing down to earth on a night when many expected them to go back top of the league.Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise
Ex-Manchester City youth prospect Kean Bryan gave the visitors a shock lead that former Blades defender Harry Maguire cancelled out, only for Burke’s heavily-deflected strike to seal the visitors a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
Even in such an unpredictable season, few could have foreseen this result.
The Blades had just five points to show from their first 19 games – the worst haul in Premier League history – and had not beaten the Red Devils since 1993, with their previous Old Trafford victory coming in 1973.
Kean got them off the mark from a corner as Billy Sharp’s push on David De Gea went unpunished midway through a first half in which Anthony Martial saw an equaliser ruled out.
The ineffective hosts eventually clawed one back through Maguire’s header from a corner, but Solskjaer’s traditional comeback kings faltered in embarrassing fashion.
Sheffield United capitalised on some atrocious defending and Burke saw his effort rifle in off Axel Tuanzebe, sealing just a fourth win of the season in all competitions for his side.
Following his winner at Old Trafford, Burke said: “It is an amazing feeling.
“I am chuffed for the boys who put in a great shift.
“Hopefully we can take this result into our next games. It will give us massive confidence.
“We showed great courage, and great determination to get back into the game and to get the three points is brilliant.”
On his 74th-minute strike, he added: “It took me two attempts, but it was an amazing feeling when it hit the back of the net.”
Manchester United: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Tuanzebe (van de Beek 83), Maguire, Alex Telles (Shaw 82), Pogba, Matic, Greenwood (Cavani 66), Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. Unused substitutes: Lindelof, Mata, Fred, James, Henderson, McTominay.
Sheff United: Ramsdale, Basham, Jagielka, Ampadu, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Bryan (Bogle 53), McGoldrick (Brewster 80), Sharp (Burke 70). Unused substitutes: Mousset, Lowe, Foderingham.
Referee: P Bankes (Merseyside).