Review & Ratings: Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood inspire United in 3-3 Blades draw; James came alive after 70 minutes!


Manchester United drew 3-3 with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Premier League on Sunday. It seemed that United were down and out after the Blades doubled their lead. Three quick goals from Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood, and Marcus Rashford changed the game for United but an Oliver McBurnie equaliser shared the spoils for both teams.

The Blades pressured United from the start of the game and had many chances on goal, all for David De Gea thwarting them with an early double save. In the 19th minute of the match, the Blades took the lead after Phil Jones was caught out on the left, allowing his man past him with the ball being put into the box. John Fleck found the back of the net.

It was starting to become one of those terrible matches for United after Lys Mousset doubled the home sides lead seven minutes into the second half. Andreas Pereira was caught in possession and Fleck was straight onto the ball, pushing forward and passing straight to Mousset, who beat De Gea to send the Blades 2-0 up. United needed a lot of improvement.

United seemed out of their depth and heading into another embarrassing defeat on the road. However, in the 72nd minute, Brandon Williams opened his account for United, getting a goal back and giving United some hope. It took the best part of five years for Luke Shaw to score, just a matter of months for 19-year-old Williams.

Just five minutes later, United were back in on goal, scoring the second of the match and the equaliser through Mason Greenwood, who scored his fourth goal of the season after Marcus Rashford played the ball into him. It was the sort of thing that United needed to show in this match, something that should have been present from the very start.

That was not it for United though, who put themselves ahead for the first time in the game, this time through Rashford, assisted by Daniel James, who has had a much better impact in this team that Alexis Sanchez had in more than 18 months at the club. Three goals and three assists this season for the Welsh winger.

Sadly though, the lead was not meant to be. The Blades got themselves an equaliser in the 90th minute of the match through Oliver McBurnie which may have caused controversy with VAR checking for a handball in the box before the second equaliser of the game. It was points shared at Bramall Lane and a let off for United, who seemed beaten.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper made some good saves to deny the Blades from scoring earlier than they did and he did put in a good performance, despite conceding three goals in the game. More to do for United now and something to build upon.


2 Victor Lindelof

I'm not sure the Swedish international was ready today. He seemed out of his depth and did not seem to get into the game from start to finish. With Axel Tuanzebe back from injury and Eric Bailly on the way back, he should be worried.


5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man was the best United defender, not that there was much to be said. Lys Mousset made the former Blades defender struggle. United seemed more like the team that rose from the Championship last season.


4 Phil Jones

He is a liability. Struggled with basic defending. Does not seem like a player that will ever reach the grade that was stated years ago. Nearly a decade at the club and nothing learned. Needs to be sold as soon as possible.


29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back, despite starting in a 3-4-3 formation, seemed uncomfortable during the match against the Blades. His passing and the ranger of his passes was good. Needs to get more involved to stop opposition teams from breaking forward. Struggled with the Blades' pace at times.


15 Andreas Pereira

Out of his depth at United. The second goal came because he could not keep the ball. He's not a midfielder, not a number ten and not a commanding winger. Just what is he? Not Manchester United material. Needs to be shown the door. It has not worked for him.


17 Fred

The Brazilian has grown in stature at the club recently. Can hold his head high. Needs to be around players of a better quality that he's got around him. He did well alongside Scott McTominay. Got involved today but still searching for that mass of improvement.


33 Brandon Williams

The 19-year-old had a tough game but it will be one that h will have learned a lot from. I think he's the best option at left-back right now. He's done more than Luke Shaw and Ashley Young is a liability. Got his opening goal for United and spurred his team on to score twice more.


Review & Ratings: Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood inspire United in 3-3 Blades draw; James came alive after 70 minutes!

It seemed like he was not in the game for 70 minutes. Off days happen. Still a player who has offered more than Mr Moneybags, Alexis Sanchez in not even half the time the Chilean had been at the club. Came to life around the 70th minute and bagged another assist for himself.


9 Anthony Martial

Struggled in the game for 70 minutes, until United came to life. He was not invoved in anything for United today. He needs to start showing the signs of him being the leading man at the club. I feel short changed by him at the moment. Especially at a time where someone needs to stand up and be counted.


10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward plodded on in the game and got stuck in, but it was one of those games, for 70 minutes at least. An assist and a goal, despite ending up drawing, will be something to build on. 14 involvements in goals this season; 10 scored, four assisted.



14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Jones 46'. Came on at half time to make a difference for United. Made little impact other than creating space. Needs to find a goal soon, or it will be a year since last scoring. Needs to do so much better. Concentrate on football, not social media or fashion. Save that for when you can no longer play, which might be soon at this rate.


11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Pereira 73'. Can on when all hope was lost, despite Brandonw Williams scoring in the previous minute. Got stuck in though and scored a goal of his own, his fourth of the season. He is going to grow into some player, hopefully one United can use for years to come.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Martial 85'. Came on late in the game to add some fresh legs to the defence, at the expense of Anthony Martial. Sadly, after seeing United score three times in seven minutes, was unable to keep United ahead and leaving Sheffield with three points in the bag.


Goals: John Fleck 19′, Lys Mousset 52′; Brandon Williams 72′, Mason Greenwood 77′, Marcus Rashford 79′

Assists: John Fleck 52′; Marcus Rashford 77′, Daniel James 79′

Manchester United: De Gea; Lindelof, Maguire, Jones (Lingard 46′); Wan-Bissaka, Pereira (Greenwood 73′), Fred, Williams; James, Martial (Tuanzebe 85′), Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Young; Mata, Garner

Bookings: John Lundstram 51′; Brandon Williams 53′, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 60′

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