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Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United, Player Ratings: Rashford shines in United win

A brace from Marcus Rashford and a third from Anthony Martial made it six games undefeated for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United side.

 
10:00pm on Thursday 17th December 2020
By
Stefan Bienkowski

Manchester United extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games on Thursday night with a comfortable 3-2 victory over Sheffield United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were initially made to work for their points with the hosts taking an early lead, but United’s key players up front eventually overturned the goal and won the game by a comfortable margin before the hosts pulled back a late consolation goal.

Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

Who were the best and worst performers from both sides?

✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE

Anthony Martial: 8.5

Anthony Martial has been nothing but inconsistent for Man United this season, having gone nine games without a single goal or assist before Thursday night’s game. Fortunately for the club and Solskjaer’s job security, he turned it on at Bramall Lane.

In the 33rd minute the French international latched on to an exceptional through ball from Paul Pogba to lift the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net. Then, just after the break, it was Martial again that found himself in the right place at the right time to lay the ball off to Rashford for United’s third.

Marcus Rashford: 8.8

An early goal for the hosts suggested this was going to be another unfortunate night for Man United but fortunately for Solskjaer’s side it was also a night which showcased the very best of Rashford.

The England forward turned the game on its head when he plucked a long ball from defence out of the night’s sky and with a single touch turned and fired the ball into the back of the opponent’s net.

From that point on United took full control of the game and to add insult to injury the young forward managed to get on the end of a superb counter attack from the visitors in the 51st minute to score his second and his team’s third.

Another match-winning performance from Rashford as United claimed all three points.

BAD PERFORMANCE

Aaron Ramsdale: 5.5

Although it was United goalkeeper Dean Henderson who made the most high-profile mistake of the game when he was caught in possession and allowed the first goal just five minutes into the match, over the course of the game Aaron Ramsdale was much worse.

The 22-year-old could have possibly done better for Man United’s second goal and almost certainly should have done better for their third, when Marcus Rashford’s shot was fired right towards him and somehow managed to fly under the young shot-stopper’s body.

STAR MAN

David McGoldrick: 9.1

In a match that largely passed the hosts by they can at least take some confidence from forward David McGoldrick.

The 33-year old was on hand to tap home an opening goal in the fifth minute after Oliver Burke forced an error from the United keeper and the Irish striker stepped up once again five minute before the end with a late header to grab a consolation goal.

Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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