Brian Deane celebrates scoring the first Premier League goal back in 1992, against Manchester United
And ahead of tomorrow night’s latest instalment at Old Trafford, The Star looked at nine classic clashes between the two sides in the last 30 years.
The first meeting between these two sides in the 90s came in the FA Cup semi-final at Bramall Lane. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side eventually won 1-0, with Brian McClair scoring the winner from close range after Simon Tracey had touched his initial header onto the crossbar.
Boyhood Blade Carl Bradshaw scored the winner to seal United’s fourth win of a remarkable sequence that saw them win seven matches on the spin and secure their Division One status, after being relegation fodder earlier in the season. Brian Deane earlier put the Blades ahead
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The day Deane made history, to be forever immortalised as the first scorer of the new Premier League era. Deane headed home just five minutes into the game and later scored from the spot to seal victory, despite the visitors pulling one back.
On Valentine’s Day 1993, the Blades knocked Man United out of the FA Cup in the fifth round and went all the way to Wembley, losing in the semi-finals. Ryan Giggs put the visitors ahead before Jamie Hoyland equalised, and Glyn Hodges lobbed home the winner in the first half.
Another FA Cup tie at Bramall Lane, but this time it was the visitors from Lancashire who progressed to the next round. Charlie Hartfield was sent off for the Blades for throwing a punch at Eric Cantona, who put his side ahead later in the game before Mark Hughes added a second.
Newly promoted to the Premier League, United went ahead against the eventual champions with Keith Gillespie headed home against his former club. But two goals from Wayne Rooney swung the game, which is also remembered for Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible miss from about two yards out
Trailing to Michael Carrick’s fourth-minute goal, it looked like being a long day for the Blades but they should have had a nailed-on penalty when Gabriel Heinze wiped out Luton Shelton. It wasn’t given, and Rooney scored just after half-time to put the game beyond the Blades.
Another FA Cup tie, another Rooney goal. This time it came in the 90th minute after United, still in League One and on course to finish 11th, held out against their illustrious opponents. But Dean Hammond fouled Memphis Depay in the area with a replay almost in touching distance, and Rooney made no mistake from the spot
A breathless game at Bramall Lane saw the Blades go 2-0 up through John Fleck and Lys Mousset, before three goals in a devastating seven-minute spell saw the Red Devils go 3-2 up. But Oli McBurnie scored a 90th-minute equaliser to earn United a deserved point, after an agonising VAR check for handball