Manchester United’s renaissance continued with a spirited comeback to draw with high-flying Sheffield United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked down and out, we never got going and simply couldn’t contain the aggressive Blades who dominated proceedings.
United’s front three looked disinterested and didn’t offer any of their usual explosive movement to get in behind the hosts’ resolute defence.
There was a real gulf in class and desire between the two sides as United’s stop start campaign looked yet to take another negative turn.
But Manchester United came alive and produced one of their iconic turnarounds to leave the hosts down and out before they responded with a late equaliser.
Here are the Red Devils players who were crucial in getting us a point.
David de Gea
It could have got very embarrassing for Solskjaer if it wasn’t for De Gea’s heroics.
The Spanish stopper was at the top of his game a day after Kepa had a day to forget at the Etihad, it wouldn’t have gone unnoticed by Luis Enrique.
De Gea produced a phenomenal double save to prevent Chris Wilder’s side taking the lead much earlier.
He first denied John Lundstram with a strong left hand before getting himself back up to deny David McGoldrick from close range with a great reflex save.
Even for the opening goal, De Gea had done his job and denied Lundstram once again, but he didn’t get any help from his defenders as they stood and watched John Fleck bundle the ball home.
Unfortunately for De Gea the performances of some of his team mates couldn’t match the levels and standards he sets, that has become a common occurrence since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
By his very high standards, De Gea would have been disappointed with the late equaliser, he got a hand to it, but it wasn’t strong enough.
Solskjaer will be delighted that De Gea is getting close to his best form, the issue for the Norwegian is that he urgently needs to address the form of the rest of his squad.
With United’s frontline simply going through the motions and strolling through the match, it was Williams who gave United a route back into the game.
The 19-year-old endured a difficult afternoon playing in a hostile environment against a physical Sheffield United side.
But it shows how much self-belief and confidence he has that he had no doubt in his mind when the ball fell at his feet, he caught his first time strike so sweetly that it arrowed into the bottom corner.
That goal gave United fresh hope and impetus, it was a testing game for Williams, who didn’t have everything on his own terms.
He got booked for a reckless challenge, but it was the type of match that will do wonders for his experience and development.
Solskjaer will have been delighted at Williams’ character, he has to start against Aston Villa.
It looked like for a long period of this match that the sulking and negative body language, which had become a thing of the past had returned in Rashford’s demeanour.
However, after Williams pulled a goal back, it was Rashford who came up with the goods to give United an unlikely lead.
United’s number 10 produced a tantalising cross for Mason Greenwood, and he finished clinically from a Dan James cut back to maintain his imperious form in front of goal.
After a no show performance for 70 minutes, it just shows that when United’s talented forward line click, no one can live with them.
United’s young prodigy followed in the footsteps of his legendary manager and pulled his team back into the match after coming off the bench.
The ball from Rashford was inviting, but the predatory instincts from Greenwood showed his desire to get himself into goalscoring positions.
When United had a front four of James, Martial, Rashford and Greenwood, Sheffield United looked all at sea.
Greenwood will be eager to kick on from his goal, and he will probably get the chance with a start in Astana.
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