Sheffield United: Why Chris Wilder believes Manchester United deserve huge credit after 3-3 thriller at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder admitted Manchester United deserved huge credit for their dramatic turnaround of this afternoon’s game at Bramall Lane, which eventually finished 3-3.

Sunday, 24th November 2019, 8:52 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th November 2019, 8:52 pm
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder watches his team play Manchester United: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder watches his team play Manchester United: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

The original United had led 2-0 in the second half, after goals from the excellent duo John Fleck and Lys Mousset.

But 19-year-old Brandon Williams' first senior goal in the 72nd minute was the catalyst for a brilliant Red Devils fightback, with 18-year-old Mason Greenwood netting his maiden Premier League goal before Marcus Rashford swept home to send the visiting hordes wild.

But Oli McBurnie came off the bench to score a late equaliser, earning the Blades a deserved share of the spoils against the 20-time English champions.

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Wilder was left to rue the seven-minute spell that turned the match in the visitors' favour but was also pleased with the way his team responded to that disappointment by striking back to earn a point.

Wilder said: "Can we forget about that period, please? We just dropped off our energy levels. The old saying '2-0 is a dangerous scoreline' turned into 'oops, we're 3-2 down'.

"And you've got to give them credit, just as you have us with the way we fought ourselves back at the death to get ourselves something out of the game.

"It just flicked a switch for them when they got back into the game at 2-1, with what, from our point of view, is a goal out of nothing.

"No disrespect to the level we have come from, but we are talking Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford and when they say yes, which they did, then the momentum and the scoreline dramatically changed.

"I would have been really disappointed had we not got anything from this game because for the majority of the time we were right up there in terms of the performance levels."