Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness compared Sheffield United to Barcelona after their pulsating 3-3 draw with Manchester United – and berated the visitors for taking too long to have an impact in the game.
United looked dead and buried until getting themselves back into the contest through Brandon Williams’ strike with less than 20 minutes to go.
Although United came within minutes of securing a remarkable comeback win, Souness was critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who were nearly made to fully pay for a fruitless first hour in Sheffield.
He told Sky Sports: “There were times when [Sheffield United] were like Barcelona in tight areas.
“They have got great qualities, they really have.
“With this Sheffield United team, you have to fight them.
“Manchester United did not turn up for a good hour. They thought they could turn up and have a nice game against a team who were inferior to them. They got bullied and they got outplayed. Every part of the game they were playing second fiddle.”
United’s quickfire treble within seven second-half minutes may have papered over some of the cracks in the side, who were well on the way to another dismal defeat on the road.
The Red Devils had already lost at West Ham United, Newcastle United and Bournemouth this season, with their strikes at Bramall Lane grabbing their first away points from a losing position this term.
That may suggest a lack of fight from Solskjaer’s men when they are met with in-game setbacks, so but for Oli McBurnie’s dramatic equaliser, it may have been an important turning point for the team.
However, United will have had no reason to underestimate Chris Wilder’s Blades as so ‘inferior’, as Souness put it, with Sunday’s hosts remaining in the Premier League’s top six as a result of the last-gasp draw – while the Red Devils continue to prop up the top half in ninth.
The games ahead should give more of an insight into United’s collective attitude, having been ‘bullied’ away from home plenty of times even before their topsy-turvy draw in Yorkshire.
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