Sports Football 19 Dec 2020 Comeback kings Man U ...

Comeback kings Man Utd maintain perfect Premier League away record

AFP
Published Dec 19, 2020, 12:50 am IST
Updated Dec 19, 2020, 12:50 am IST
Two goals from Marcus Rashford and an Anthony Martial strike lifted United to sixth in the table
Players of Manchester United and Sheffield United eye the ball during their English Premier League match at the Bramall Lane Stadium in Sheffield, England, on Thursday. Manchester United won 3-2. 	— AP
 Players of Manchester United and Sheffield United eye the ball during their English Premier League match at the Bramall Lane Stadium in Sheffield, England, on Thursday. Manchester United won 3-2. — AP

Sheffield (United Kingdom): Manchester United mounted yet another rescue mission on Thursday, beating Sheffield United 3-2 to maintain their perfect away record in the Premier League this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Jekyll-and-Hyde team now have 18 points from six matches on the road — coming from behind to win each one of them.

 

Two goals from Marcus Rashford and an Anthony Martial strike lifted United to sixth in the table, five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.

But Sheffield United are staring into the abyss — with just one point to their name, Chris Wilder’s side have fewer points after their first 13 games of a league season than any other team in English top-flight history.

The visitors outclassed Sheffield United for long periods at Bramall Lane but faced a nervy final few minutes before celebrating their 10th consecutive away victory in the league.

 

Sheffield United started brightly as Manchester United struggled to find their rhythm and it was no surprise when they scored just their sixth league goal of the season in the fifth minute.

United appeared to be in cruise control but McGoldrick headed home from a corner in the 87th minute to make life uncomfortable and Henderson had to dive to his right to keep out a powerful shot by substitute Lys Mousset. But the visitors clung on for the win.

Aston Villa held by Burnley

Aston Villa squandered multiple chances as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by battling Burnley on Thursday.

 

The hosts dominated without being at their best but were thwarted by the Clarets, who climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause hit the woodwork while Matt Lowton cleared a deflected strike from Ahmed Elmohamady off the line.

Burnley’s threat was limited — Chris Wood had their best chance saved — but Sean Dyche’s side are now unbeaten in three games after a tricky run against Everton, Arsenal and Villa.

Burnley rode their luck as Villa missed the chance to make serious ground on the Premier League’s pacesetters. They remain 11th, four points adrift of fifth.

 

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