Solskjaer: ‘Magic’ missing for Man Utd in Blades defeat
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested that “sloppy” defending was Manchester United’s downfall against Sheffield United.
Man United made a slow start to the game and they were punished by their opponents. The Blades created a few openings early on before they took the lead in the 23rd-minute.
John Fleck sent in a superb corner towards the near post. David De Gea came out to claim it but Kean Bryan met it first to head home for his first Premier League goal.
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Solskjaer’s side continued to struggle early into the second half as they could not hit their stride in attacking areas.
But Man United did equalise in the 63rd minute. This one came from a corner as well as Alex Telles’ cross was brilliantly met by Harry Maguire against his former club.
The hosts would have expected to take all three points from here, but that is not how it went. With just over 15 minutes to go Sheff United worked the ball into the penalty area.
Some suspect Man United defending kept the move alive before the ball fell to Oliver Burke for the second time. The Scotsman’s deflected shot evaded De Gea as it bounced off the crossbar into the net.
Chris Wilder’s side hung on to pick up a famous victory at Old Trafford. This result leaves Man United a point behind Man City, but Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand over their rivals.
Speaking with BT Sport post-match, as cited by , Solskjaer said his side did not create “enough chances” against Sheffield United:
“We had all the possession but when you concede two bad goals it’s always going to be difficult. We didn’t create big enough chances to score enough goals.
“That magic was missing, that little bit extra. They defended well, fair play to them but we didn’t have the right ideas or solutions. The first goal is a foul, Billy Sharp runs into David de Gea. At the other end, no foul for the disallowed goal for us but it’s that kind of season. Two mistakes by the referee.
“It wasn’t to be, the second goal we conceded is so poor, so sloppy. Easy. We stopped getting out to the ball, three or four bad decisions which is out of character.
“There will be no big inquest. There have been so many odd results this season but with the world as it is we have been the most consistent team, it hit us today.”
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