Man Utd claim Premier League first with away goals’ streak

Anthony Martial Sheffield United vs Manchester United Premier League 2020-21

Manchester United have claimed a Premier League first by extending their away goals streak at Sheffield United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came into the clash knowing a win could take them up to sixth in the Premier League table with a game in hand on leaders and reigning champions Liverpool, but they got off to the worst possible start after falling behind with just five minutes on the clock.

Dean Henderson, who was handed a rare start ahead of David de Gea in the United net, was caught dawdling on the ball by Oliver Burke after receiving back-pass from Harry Maguire, with the Sheffield United star able to knock the ball back to David McGoldrick to fire into an empty net.

That stunning error seemed to serve as a wake-up call for the visitors, who managed to hit back in the 26th minute via Marcus Rashford.

The England international latched onto a floated Victor Lindelof pass before firing an unstoppable shot past Aaron Ramsdale, and United ramped up the pressure on the home side thereafter.

Anthony Martial completed a rapid turnaround for Red Devils seven minutes later, after being found by a delightful chipped through ball by Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman rounding Ramsdale before poking the ball home.

Solskjaer’s men continued to force the Blades deep into their own half at the start of the second period, and were rewarded for their efforts when Rashford linked up with Martial to finish off a swift counter-attacking move to extend their lead to 3-1.

United are now the first side in Premier League history to have scored two or more goals in ten consecutive away games, and the first to achieve the feat in the English top-flight in 60 years – with Tottenham the last club to hit the same mark in 1960.

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