Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frustrated by another sloppy start but praises character of his players after Manchester United claim sixth away win at Sheffield United… and insists Dean Henderson passed his first test with ‘flying colours’ after early blunder
- United won sixth away league game – having fallen behind on each occasion
- Henderson’s blunder against his old club gifted an opening goal to McGoldrick
- But the goalkeeper redeemed himself with a late save to secure the three points
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unhappy with his sloppy stars but Manchester United still fought back to win at Bramall Lane on Thursday night.
United won away for the sixth time in the Premier League this season – having fallen behind on each occasion – as they beat Sheffield United 3-2 thanks to an excellent double from Marcus Rashford.
But they started badly when goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s blunder against his old club gifted an opening goal to David McGoldrick, and ended the game on the ropes when McGoldrick struck again.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had mixed emotions over another comeback win on Thursday night
‘The start was so sloppy,’ said Solskjaer. ‘We were slow again, and I’m very surprised about that.
‘We spoke about it and showed them videos, and it happened again. We were jogging around the pitch.
‘We were a little sloppy at 3-1 up as well. It could have been more comfortable, but the character was fantastic by every single one of us.’
Henderson, handed only his second league start for United in place of David de Gea, was caught in possession by Oliver Burke for the first goal but recovered to make a fine late save from Lys Mousset.
The Manchester United boss clashed with Chris Wilder on the touchline in closing minutes
‘The good, bad and the ugly, maybe in a different order!’ said Solskjaer. ‘He dillied and dallied on the ball for the first goal but he made a great save towards the end.
‘He is always learning. He has probably been looking forward to coming back here, and to get that start it just shows his character for the rest of the game.
‘Dean passed it with flying colours, he just did what he had to do.’
United came through a severe physical challenge and Solskjaer clashed with Blades boss Chris Wilder on the touchline towards the end.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson was at fault for the opening goal by David McGoldrick
‘I thought all three goals were excellent,’ he added. ‘I wanted to test them here today. We knew it was going to be a physical test. A fight. We were going to get kicked.
‘I don’t mind a fair tackle but there were a couple right in front of me. I maybe went overboard with a word (towards Wilder) but I apologised and me and Chris will have a drink afterwards.’
United’s away form is in stark contrast to their results at home and Solskjaer urged his players to end that poor run when Leeds United return to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Anthony Martial scored the second goal by beating Aaron Ramsdale at the second attempt
‘We need to sort the home form,’ he said. ‘Sunday is a massive game. We have been waiting for years and we will be ready for it.’
Defeat left Sheffield United with the worst start in top-flight history having taken just one point from their opening 13 games.
However, Wilder refused to be too despondent, saying: ‘Manchester United are an iconic global football club. There is an enormous gulf between us and we have to try and bridge that by putting in a performance which I felt we did.
‘I don’t worry about my job. People don’t understand what Sheffield United are about when they talk about people’s futures.
‘But I have been in the game long enough to know that that question will be asked.’
Marcus Rashford helped United pull off the all-important win by hitting a sublime brace
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