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Manchester United loses to ‘away’ Sheffield United since December 1973.

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The Red Devils have made a habit of coming back to take all three points from losing positions this term – but instead it was the visitors who found a second wind.

Sheffield United produced one of the shocks of the season as the Premier League’s bottom side recorded a 2-1 win over title chasing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

It was an energetic, tireless, cohesive performance from the Blades, reminiscent of the displays that they had turned in on a weekly basis last season.

Chris Wilder’s side took the lead after 23 minutes, former Manchester City academy product Kean Bryan rising highest to head home from a corner.

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However, the goal was not without controversy, with Billy Sharp not penalised for a nudge on David de Gea in the buildup. Minutes later at the other end, a foul was awarded against Harry Maguire following a similar incident.

It was the only complaint United could muster after a flat first half performance.

But the Red Devils fought back and found an equaliser in the 64th minute, former Sheffield United academy product Maguire escaping the attentions of the excellent Phil Jagielka and powering home a header.

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United twice failed to clear their lines and Oliver Burke was presented with all the time and space in the world inside the box to fire towards goal, and his effort deflected in off Axel Tuanzebe.

It was a glorious piece of completely calamitous defending from the Red Devils.

It was calamitous defending against a side with just one Premier League win and ten Premier League goals to their name prior to Wednesday evening.

It was ultimately a poor performance from Manchester United, who missed the opportunity to return to the Premier League summit and brought an end to their unbeaten top flight run.

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The result and manner of the defeat also led to fans questioning their title credentials.

But take nothing away from Sheffield United, who produced a stunning performance from front to back. The midfield three of John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck were absolutely everywhere, while their three centre halves were absolutely imperious.

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I am curious on how Pogba will link up with Bruno Fernandes – Berbatov.


Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has expressed doubts over Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes playing together in the same midfield.

According to him, both players are too similar in style.


Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford in January and has made instant impact, scoring three times already and providing assists in both the Premier League and Europa League.

Pogba on the other hand, has endured an injury-ravaged season and has not started a game since September.


He was linked with a move away from United, but it is now believed he is likely to remain with the Red Devils.

This might leave manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the task of fitting both he and Fernandes in his team and Berbatov reckons it won’t be easy.


“I don’t know if Fernandes and Pogba can play together,” Berbatov wrote in his Betfair column.

“As a fan of Paul Pogba, I want him to stay at United, I think it would be best for him, but I am curious to see how he will link up with Fernandes.

“Sometimes footballers are too similar to play together.

But I hope that’s not the case here because, with Fernandes and Pogba in the same midfield, United could be a very imaginative team that would surprise opponents next season or even sooner.”


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0-2: Man Utd beats Chelsea at Stamford bridge.

…United better, United fortunate


Manchester United’s dominance over Chelsea this season in the Premier League continued Monday. After beating the Blues by four goals on the opening weekend of the season, the Red Devils went to Stamford Bridge and won 2-0 to inch closer to potential Champions League qualification. Chelsea, meanwhile, kept up its poor run of form.


Video Assistant Referee called off two Chelsea goals — one was the right call and the other was questionable — and goals from Anthony Martial in the first half and Harry Maguire in the second half were enough to give the Red Devils an important victory and a ton of momentum. Maguire was lucky to escape a red card in the first half (more on that below).

The winning goal was this header from Martial off a lovely ball from Aaron Wan-Bissaka just before the break:


That result moves United up to seventh place and potentially just two points behind a Champions League spot. The top four of the Premier League make the UCL, but with Manchester City’s ban, fifth place is expected to qualify. Fifth-place Tottenham is only two points ahead of United, as things stand.

For the Blues, they remain in fourth but have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matches.


Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. Team selection, VAR do Chelsea in
It was not a good day for Chelsea for a variety of reasons. The Blues didn’t use their best lineup. Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi all missed due to injury. Pedro and Michy Batshuayi started with Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench, and this lineup resembled a team set to play in a Carabao Cup game.


N’Golo Kante only played a handful of minutes before coming off injured, Andreas Christensen also left due to injury and the Blues put just one of their 17 shots on goal.

There was some decent creativity but the sharpness wasn’t there. Kurt Zouma looked to have found the net in the second half, but Cesar Azpilicueta was caught pushing Brandon Williams on the review, which was the right call. Olivier Giroud headed home a cross from Mount with about 15 minutes to go, but he was called off after review with his foot being just a few inches in front of Maguire. Harsh.


In the end, regardless of VAR, Chelsea was not sharp enough and could have lost by more.

2. Maguire should have been sent off
Maguire put this game away in the second half with a signature header off of a corner kick, but he shouldn’t have even been on the field.


In the first half, he kicked Batshuayi below the belt after a play spilled out of bounds. As Kyle Martino of NBC Sports points out, you cannot fail to give Maguire a red card here when Heung-min Son got a red card recently against Chelsea for basically the exact same move.

VAR didn’t have its best day at all. Maguire was allowed to stay on the pitch after the incident was reviewed. He did this to end it in the 66th minute:


United was better, but United was also fortunate.

3.United deserves credit for getting back into UCL battle
Massive credit for United to get this one done on the road. The club hasn’t had a good record at Stamford Bridge, but, iIn the past year, United has won there three times. For the Red Devils’ three previous wins there, you have to go way back to 2002. The win also gave United its first two-win league campaign vs. Chelsea since the 1987-88 season.

Now, this wasn’t a fully convincing performance, but there was progress. Bruno Fernandes looked sharp, especially on set pieces, and Wan-Bissaka continues to impress. If this team can incorporate Marcus Rashford back soon and get him gelling with Fernandes, there is no reason why they can’t push the top four.

Chelsea 0, Manchester United 2 (Final)
⚽ Man. United – Anthony Martial (45′)
⚽ Man. United – Harry Maguire (66′)


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Pogba Should Leave Manchester United With Immediate Effect


Former Manchester United left-back, Patrice Evra has urged midfielder, Paul Pogba to leave the club immediately in order to end the ‘negativity’ surrounding him at Old Trafford. NobleSport learnt

Evra said this after former Red Devils midfielder, Roy Keane criticised Pogba following Man United’s Premier League 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports, Keane had described Pogba, who did not feature in United’s defeat against Liverpool, as a ‘nuisance’ at Old Trafford.


Keane said: “United over the last year, they will be inconsistent.

“They’re with younger players, they have had injuries. They’ve got Pogba in the background who’s been a nuisance. You’ve got to get rid of these people in your club and that doesn’t happen overnight. Players are running the show.”


Reacting to the development, Evra claimed the 26-year-old France World Cup winner is blamed for the club’s problems whether he is playing or not.

“To be fair, when he’s playing people blame Paul. When he’s not playing, people blame Paul,” Evra told Sky Sports.


“I don’t agree with Roy, but when you are a problem for the club – for example when I kicked the fan in Marseille, the owner and the manager they come and say ‘Patrice, what are we going to do now?’ I say I’m leaving. I don’t want to bring any negativity to the club.

“And right now, maybe it will be time for Paul to leave.

Manchester United’s Midfielder, Paul Pogba


“I remember when it was a big game, Liverpool vs Man United. People were talking more about Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba. This is insulting. For the biggest two clubs in the world, we’re talking about one player and one manager.

“I think sometimes it’s time. When you play, they blame you. When you’re not playing they blame you also. I think maybe Paul already said to Man United ‘I want to leave’ and they don’t let him go.”


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