Manchester United Rely on Youth to Scrape Point against Sheffield United
Sheffield United v Manchester United, ManU Premier League Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bissaka after scoring the third goal against Sheffield United during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, She

Manchester United had to rely on youth to scrape a point against newly promoted Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League giants were staring down the barrel of another defeat and more uncomfortable questions for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when 19-year-old Brandon Williams, 18-year-old Mason Greenwood and 22-year-old Marcus Rashford scored within seven minutes of each other.

Manchester United had been 2-0 down until the 72 minute as John Fleck and Lys Mousset had Blades fans dreaming of a historic upset – even if the Old Trafford side aren’t the force they once were.

However the baby faced trio had other ideas as left-back Williams scored from a one-touch finish, Greenwood hit the back of the net from close in and Rashford scored from just outside the six yard area.

But then Ollie McBurnie levelled things late on to steal an amazing comeback win from Solskjaer and ensure Sheffield United would walk away from the encounter with a point for their efforts.

At 2-0 down after 52 minutes, the Red Devils boss would have been fearing for the worst. Any bad result will be amplified with the availability of Maurcio Pochettino and Solskjaer could not afford to lose to Chris Wilder’s men.

Terrible season

The result takes Sheffield up to sixth in the Premier League, just one point behind Wolves in fifth, while Man Utd are now in ninth. With only four wins and 17 points all season, the pressure is on their management team to come up with a solution to the many questions they’ve been posed this campaign.

Trusting in youth is good to see – especially when it pays off – but the Old Trafford board are more interested in results and this was a bad one for them, despite the three goal turnaround.

Man Utd play Aston Villa next and will be expected to beat them as well, although routine wins have become anything but routine for the club these days.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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