View the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling encounter between Sheffield United and Manchester United. This spectacle unfolded during Matchday 9 of the 2023/2024 England Premier League season.
The action commenced at precisely 19:00 GMT on a captivating Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. The highly-regarded English referee, Michael Oliver, oversaw the proceedings, ensuring a fair and exciting contest between these two formidable teams.
Witness the exhilarating moments, spectacular goals, and masterful displays of skill in this riveting match that showcased the pinnacle of football excellence.
Sheffield United vs Manchester United Full Match Reports
Manchester United marked a poignant evening under the Yorkshire lights, with a minute of applause before kick-off in memory of the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton, whose passing was announced earlier in the day. Once the match commenced, the hosts made an assertive start, requiring André Onana to make a crucial save within the first three minutes to deny Oli McBurnie. Sheffield United maintained their dominance throughout the first half but failed to pose a significant threat to the United goal. Surprisingly, it was the Red Devils who broke the deadlock near the half-hour mark.
Scott McTominay, currently in a rich vein of goalscoring form for both club and country, demonstrated his prowess by chesting a ball from Bruno Fernandes in the box and volleying it past a helpless Wes Foderingham.
However, the tide turned when McTominay inadvertently handled the ball in the box, resulting in Sheffield United equalizing immediately through McBurnie’s well-placed penalty. Erik ten Hag’s men responded admirably before half-time. Fernandes came close to regaining the lead, hitting a free-kick against the crossbar, and Rasmus Højlund was denied by Foderingham from close range. Once again, the Dutch manager needed to inspire his players in his half-time team talk.
Surprisingly, it was Paul Heckingbottom’s team that began the second half more vigorously. Onana was twice called into action early on, first denying Oliver Norwood and then expertly tipping substitute Rhian Brewster’s shot over the crossbar. Ten Hag took charge by making a triple substitution on the hour, significantly altering the dynamics of the game in favor of the visitors, who seized control of the contest.
Sofyan Amrabat came tantalizingly close to scoring for the Red Devils, striking the woodwork with a powerful shot from the edge of the box. Despite the attacking changes, it was the two full-backs from Manchester United who combined for their second goal. Victor Lindelöf found Diogo Dalot outside the box, and the Portuguese international delivered a thunderous strike into the top corner, leaving Foderingham with no chance.
Sheffield United was unable to mount another comeback, remaining rooted to the bottom of the table with only one point from their first nine matches. In contrast, Ten Hag’s men elevated themselves into the top eight, securing back-to-back away league victories for the first time in 2023.
Man of the Match: Harry Maguire (Manchester United).