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Ole Solskjaer on refereeing error in Southampton, Sheffield clash.


The teenager even added fuel to the clamour for a first-team debut when he made his bow for the Under-23 side over the weekend against Liverpool and scored twice.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken to the media ahead of this week’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Old Trafford, discussing among other things how the club was cost the recent game against Sheffield United by mistakes the referee has owned up to, changes to the Premier League squad and the latest on teenage starlet Amad Diallo.

The referee admits Harry Maguire did not foul Aaron Ramsdale | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Solskjaer has revealed the club has had word that the referee from last week’s shock home defeat to Sheffield United admitted making two incorrect decisions that helped cost his team the game.


The Blades’ opening goal from Kean Bryan was allowed to stand even though Billy Sharp appeared to push United goalkeeper David de Gea as the ball came over.

To rub salt into that wound a few minutes later, a would be Anthony Martial equaliser was harshly ruled out after Harry Maguire was unfairly adjudged to have fouled visiting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in what seems like a fair challenge.

VAR didn’t intervene at the time, but referee Peter Bankes has concluded in hindsight that both calls were incorrect and should have been reversed.

“I’ve got the delegates’ report from the ref and the two decisions were wrong. They’ve admitted their goal should have been disallowed and our goal should have stood,” Solskjaer said.


A victory in that game would have put United two points clear at the top as things currently stand, assuming the 0-0 with Arsenal would still have followed the same.

A foul on David de Gea was missed at the time | Pool/Getty Images

But it is too convenient an excuse to solely lean on. United may have initially been on the back foot because of bad officiating, yet they did get back on level terms, couldn’t find a breakthrough to go ahead and still proceeded to concede again courtesy of some utterly atrocious defending.


Phil Jones added to Premier League squad
United are sending home-grown Teden Mengi on loan to Wayne Rooney’s Derby County for the rest of the season and will draft Phil Jones back into the Premier League squad for extra cover.

Mengi didn’t have to be named in the squad list because of his age so it isn’t a like for like swap in that sense, but the teenager was training with the first-team and so will be a body lost all the same.

Jones was left out of the 25-man selection at the start of the season and so obviously hasn’t played. In the meantime, the 28-year-old has been recovering from another injury.


“Phil has been recovering from an injury, a knee operation he had, and he’s working hard to be available again. So, he will be included on the [Premier League] list. Hopefully he’ll get his fitness back sooner, rather than later, and be able to play,” Solskjaer explained.

Phil Jones has been added to Man Utd’s Premier League squad | Gareth Copley/Getty Images

There has been plenty of talk about new signing Amad Diallo following his high profile transfer from Atalanta. The teenager even added fuel to the clamour for a first-team debut when he made his bow for the Under-23 side over the weekend against Liverpool and scored twice.

The second of those goals was even an ice cold Panenka penalty.

Solskjaer had said more than once before that game that Diallo isn’t far away from featuring with the first-team but will still be given some time first. That stance hasn’t changed.


“We’re going to give him the time to settle in, show his skills and adapt. “He can open up defences, and I don’t think it will be too long until he’s involved in a matchday squad,” Solskjaer said.

The Norwegian also reminded that Joe Hugill actually made more of an impact in the game, scoring four goals of his own in the 6-3 victory: “If we go from that game, I’d pick Joe Hugill: scored four goals, should have taken the penalty and got five instead of giving it to Amad!”



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


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.


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.


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.


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.



Chelsea’s 4-1 win against Sheffield United: Ratings


The Blues continued to dominate the game in the second half, and had several opportunities to put the game to bed.

Chelsea picked up a vital three points on Saturday evening, as they defeated winless Sheffield United by four goals to one at Stamford Bridge in a hard-fought encounter in west London.

The Blades took a shock lead on nine minutes, when a well-worked corner kick routine landed at the feet of David McGoldrick, and the forward cutely flicked the ball into the net with his back to goal. But the Blues were not behind long, as Tammy Abraham pulled the hosts level with a neat finish on 23 minutes.

Frank Lampard’s side took an advantage ten minutes later, after Hakim Ziyech’s deep searching cross fell into the path of Ben Chilwell, who simply couldn’t miss from all of a yard out.

Sheffield United tried desperately to get back on level terms, but Chelsea ultimately clinched the game through a Thiago Silva header and a Timo Werner strike to lift themselves back into the top four of the Premier League table.

Let’s have a look at the player ratings from Saturday evening’s action at Stamford Bridge.



  1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
    Edouard Mendy (GK) – 7/10 – Finally beaten in the Premier League by a cheeky flick. Realistically given no chance. Commanded his penalty area with dominance and kept the visitors at bay throughout. Confident.

Reece James (RB) – 8/10 – Set Chelsea moving with a great ball over the top for the equaliser. Solid defensively and pulled off a crucial interception to kill a Sheffield United counter attack in the second half.

Thiago Silva (CB) – 9/10 – Continued his impressive transition into Premier League football. A visible leader in the backline, and offered his experience and calm head when the hosts fell behind. Capped off a super performance with a goal.


Kurt Zouma (CB) – 8/10 – Growing as a player with a proper winner by his side. Won plenty of headers, cleared everything from the box and looked very composed in possession. Becoming the player Chelsea have hoped he could be.

Ben Chilwell (LB) – 9/10 – Spent huge chunks of the game in Sheffield United’s final third. Had a good shot saved early on. Put the Blues ahead with a strike off of his thigh. Had to be in the right place to score it, though.

  1. Midfielders
    Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 8/10 – Provided the killer cut-back to Abraham for Chelsea’s first strike of the evening. Drove the Blues forward in the second half. Almost got an assist with a delicious back-heel.

N’Golo Kante (CM) – 7/10 – Darted around the pitch, making himself available and breaking up the Sheffield United counter-attacks with his usual expert timing.


Mason Mount (CM) – 7/10 – Pushed up onto the left side of the midfield to try and invent openings for his teammates. Made some nice runs to get in behind and bring his colleagues into play. Typically busy.

  1. Forwards
    Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 9/10 – Always working the ball onto that deadly left foot to whip dangerous crosses into the penalty area. Got his reward with a perfect ball onto Chilhwell’s thigh and Silva’s head for the second and third goals.

Tammy Abraham (ST) – 8/10 – Tucked away his chance on 23 minutes clinically, sweeping the ball into the bottom corner. Constantly searching to supply his fellow forwards, even if his buildup play didn’t always find the right man. Solid.


Timo Werner (LW) – 8/10 – Looked less comfortable than he has centrally in recent weeks, but the guy is a natural all over the pitch. Finally got on the scoresheet with a goal late on.

  1. Substitutes

Jorginho (CM) – 7/10

Olivier Giroud (ST) – N/A


  1. Goalkeeper & Centre-Backs
    Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 5/10 – Beaten by the bounce of Abraham’s effort, and should have been braver at the far post for Chelsea’s second. Instead, he stayed rooted to his line, and Chilwell did the rest. Beaten and beaten again.

Chris Basham (CB) – 6/10 – Defended on the front foot, gave Werner little time on the ball and space in which to operate. Denied Kovacic with a great last-ditch tackle. Never going to be an easy game and caught out chasing the match.

John Egan (CB) – 6/10 – Great header off the line in the second half to deny Ziyech what surely would have been the decisive goal. Did his best to handle the strength and movement of Abraham.

Enda Stevens (CB) – 5/10 – Not a good performance. Struggled to cope with the trickery of Ziyech. Almost handed the game to Chelsea in the second half with some sleepy defending.

Wing-Backs & Midfielders

  1. George Baldock (RWB) – 6/10 – Switched on to take the corner quickly for the opening goal, and pulled it back accurately for the waiting Berge.

Sander Berge (CM) – 6/10 – Got the assist with his pass into the box which landed at the feet of the deadly McGoldrick. Offered his usual bustle, using his size and physique effectively.

Oliver Norwood (CM) – 5/10 – Nothing seemed to flow through Norwood, who should have been dictating the game for the Blades. Couldn’t get his foot on the ball, and his teammates couldn’t find him. A bad combo.

John Lundstram (CM) – 5/10 – Not quite the impactful player he was last season. Whatever he did to get into goalscoring positions so often in the past, is evidently lacking from his game at the moment. Out of form.

Max Lowe (LWB) – 5/10 – Put some nice, dangerous crosses into the Chelsea box from the left flank, but failed to deliver on his defensive duties. Appeared off the pace and out-thought by his opponents.

  1. Forwards
    David McGoldrick (ST) – 7/10 – CHEEKAYYY! Provided a lovely little flick to open the scoring, showing 100 composure. Won so many high balls through his physical presence and experience in the air. A classy operator.

Rhian Brewster (ST) – 5/10 – Fed off McGoldrick’s flick ons and knock downs, constantly dipping in behind the Chelsea defence. Never really looked like scoring, though – which is a problem, as a striker.

  1. Substitutes

Oli McBurnie (ST) – 6/10

Ben Osborn (CM) – 6/10



Final Score: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United


Defending champions Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought comeback victory over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield.

Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

13′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 0-1 Sheff Utd (Berge)

21′ CHANCE! McBurnie’s shot inches wide

22′ Robertson handball overlooked by ref

25′ CLOSE! Osborn’s shot denied by Alisson

41′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Sheff Utd (Firmino)

48′ CLOSE! Baldock’s shot inches wide

53′ CLOSE! Salah’s shot over the bar

62′ OFFSIDE! Salah’s goal disallowed

64′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (Jota)

76′ CLOSE! McGoldrick’s shot over the bar

81′ OFF THE POST! Salah nearly scores


Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Jota, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Shaqiri, Minamino, Curtis Jones, N. Phillips, Neco Williams

Sheff Utd XI: Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Berge, Ampadu, Ramsdale, Brewster

Subs: Jagielka, McGoldrick, Sharp, Norwood, Robinson, Verrips, Burke.


Final score: Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United


Arsenal scored two quick-fire team goals to extend Sheffield United’s point-less start to the Premier League season – although the Blades did manage their first goal.

2020/2021 Premier League
Saka (61′)
Pepe (64′)
McGoldrick (83′)


Match Report
The Gunners did not really get going until the 60th minute when Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a header from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

Three minutes later they doubled their lead with Nicolas Pepe’s good run and finish into the bottom corner – finishing off a move with 19 passes.

They looked completely in control until David McGoldrick curled home the Blades’ first league goal of the season.

But it was not enough to affect the outcome and United have now lost seven consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 1975.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal move onto six points from three games, having lost 2-0 to champions Liverpool last Monday.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

5′ Leno makes a timely clearance


12′ Basham makes an important deffence

29′ Nketiah’s header too straight

37′ Aubameyang’s shot over the bar

38′ Yellow Card! Berge booked

44′ Aubameyang’s bycicle kick stopped

61′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Saka)

64′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Pepe)

78′ McBurnie’s long shot parried by Leno

83′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Sheff Utd (McGoldrick)

Arsenal XI: Willian, Luiz, Aubameyang, Leno, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Tierney, Ceballos, Gabriel, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Lacazette, Xhaka, Runarsson, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Willock

Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Robinson, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, Burke, Berge, Ramsdale

Subs: Sharp, Fleck, Norwood, W. Foderingham, M. Lowe, McBurnie, Ampadu


Awful day for Mourinho’s side, final Score ‘Sheffield 3-1 Tottenham


Game is over and the final score is Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
Berge (31′)
Mousset (69′)
McBurnie (84′)
Kane (90′)

Match Events

0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ The match is about to start!

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

23′ CLOSE! Kane’s shot wide out

28′ Sissoko’s shot stopped by keeper!

31′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Berge)

33′ Goooal… No! Kane’s goal disallowed after VAR review

45′ CHANCE! Lucas header over the bar

56′ Subs! Lamela in, Bergwijn out

61′ McGoldrick’s shot just wide out

69′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 2-0 Tottenham (Mousset)


71′ Subs! Ndombele replaces Sissoko

77′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

84′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-0 Tottenham (McBurnie)

90′ GOAL! Sheff Utd 3-1 Tottenham (Kane)



Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Norwood, Robinson, Egan, Osborn, Dean Henderson, McBurnie, Berge

Subs: Jagielka, Sharp, Rodwell, Moore, Freeman, Mousset, Zivkovic

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Dier, Sanchez, Bergwijn, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Alli, Winks, Ndombele, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes.

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2-0: Liverpool maintain heads up after trashing Sheffield United.

Liverpool made it an entire calendar year without a Premier League defeat as the runaway leaders beat Sheffield United 2-0 on Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side moved 13 points clear of second-placed Leicester thanks to goals from Egypt forward Mohamed Salah and Senegal winger Sadio Mane at Anfield.

Liverpool’s 19th win in 20 league games this season completed an incredible 12 months for a team at the peak of their powers.

The Reds haven’t lost in 37 league games since a defeat at Manchester City on January 3, 2019, and it looks certain they will win the English title for the first time since 1990.

With a game in hand to further bolster their advantage, it would take an astonishing collapse to deprive Liverpool of their holy grail.

Winners of their last 18 home league games, Liverpool are unbeaten in 51 top-flight matches at Anfield dating back to April 2017.

As if it wasn’t hard enough to beat Liverpool already, they are proving more impregnable than ever lately.

This was their fifth consecutive top-flight clean-sheet — the first time they have managed that since 2007 — and they completed more passes than any team in one match in the Premier League era.

After a golden 2019 saw Liverpool crowned European and Club World champions, the next target is ending Manchester City’s two-year spell as champions after narrowly missing out last season.

Their sights set on domestic bliss, the new year started just as the old one finished, with Liverpool setting standards of excellence that rival anything achieved by City’s breath-taking team.

Premier League immortality is within touching distance as Klopp’s men are already over halfway towards an unbeaten league season that would replicate the incredible feat of Arsenal’s 2003-04 Invincibles.

Even the strain of Liverpool’s sixth game in 16 days, which had left Klopp claiming he was down to 13 fit senior outfield players, couldn’t derail the leaders.

Liverpool hadn’t even kicked off when that number dwindled further as Naby Keita suffered a groin injury in the warm-up and was replaced by James Milner.

But Liverpool are far too polished to lose focus and they were in front within four minutes.

Flushed With Success
Their win at Bramall Lane in September had come thanks to a mistake from United keeper Dean Henderson and once again Liverpool benefitted from a Blades blunder.

When Virgil van Dijk played a long pass towards Andrew Robertson, it should have been easy for George Baldock to deal with.

But Baldock lost his footing and fell over, allowing Robertson to advance and cross low to Salah, who got in front of Jack O’Connell to steer in a clinical close-range finish for his 14th goal of the season.

David McGoldrick tried to drag United back into it with a dipping strike from the edge of the area that Alisson Becker tipped over.

Salah went close to a second when his instinctive half-volley was pushed over by Henderson at full stretch.

Ahead of their first visit to Anfield for 13 year, Chris Wilder’s down-to-earth side took the unusual decision to train alongside the public on Stanley Park in the shadow of the famous stadium.

The session was interrupted when a dog decided to use one of the training cones as a toilet.

That unpromising omen proved apt as the visitors’ hopes of a shock result were flushed away.

Salah was a constant menace and he met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb pass with a first-time drive that Henderson turned away for a corner.

Liverpool’s ability to press any opponent into submission and deliver the knockout blow with their lethal front three has made them virtually unplayable over the last 18 months.

United were the latest victims as Mane wrapped up the points in the 64th minute.

Running onto Robertson’s pass, Mane broke into the area and took Salah’s return pass before firing gleefully into the roof of the net after his initial shot was saved.