Solskjaer tipped to be ‘furious’ at moment which left Sheff Utd saying ‘wow’

Date published: Friday 29th January 2021 9:58 - Jonny Whitfield

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd

Owen Hargreaves believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be “furious” at how Sheffield United scored their winner against Manchester United on Wednesday.

United’s 13-game unbeaten Premier League run came to a shock end against the top-flight’s bottom club.

Oliver Burke scored the winner in the second half as the Blades netted twice in a single game for only the second time this season. Ironically, that second occasion also came against the Red Devils, at Bramall Lane.

Such a statistic indicates Sheffield United’s attacking struggles this season. However, Hargreaves has highlighted how Solskjaer’s men allowed them to gain rare confidence going forward.

Indeed, the pundit pointed out that Wednesday’s visitors seemed stunned to have such an opening for the winner.

“Solskjaer will be furious with the transition initially,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions.

“I don’t think Sheffield United wanted to attack but because the front four didn’t want to come back, there was only really two blocks. The Sheffield United players thought, ‘wow, there is a chance here’. They joined in slowly.

“Credit to Burke, he’s not a goalscorer, he just sat in that pocket of space in between the lines. [Alex] Telles and [Nemanja] Matic swapped positions and that created a tiny bit of confusion.

“Burke is away from Telles, [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes and they just react a little bit late.”

Burke’s shot cannoned in off Axel Tuanzebe as well as the bar to earn Sheffield United’s first win at Old Trafford since 1973.

As for United, however, Hargreaves added that he did not see enough attacking impetus from their forwards.

Solskjaer, United not at the races

Harry Maguire Man Utd

“I can’t really remember Aaron Ramsdale having to make any saves. They just weren’t at it,” he said.

“Offensively or defensively. You think about [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Mason] Greenwood, Pogba and Fernandes – that fabulous front five didn’t really create anything.

“Defensively, they were quite vulnerable at times. Even though their form has been fabulous, Solskjaer will be disappointed they just weren’t at the races.”

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