Hargreaves slams five Man Utd players in Sheff Utd loss

Former Man Utd midfielder Owen Hargreaves has criticised their “fabulous front five” after their 2-1 loss to Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

The title-chasing Red Devils were on the end of one of the biggest shocks in a surprise-packed campaign as the embattled Blades inflicted the hosts’ first top-flight defeat since November 1.

Ex-Manchester City youth prospect Kean Bryan opened the scoring in a first half in which Anthony Martial saw an equaliser ruled out for an apparent foul by Harry Maguire on Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

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Skipper Maguire did eventually find a leveller in the second half but Solskjaer’s comeback kings floundered rather than rallied.

The Blades capitalised on some atrocious defending from Man Utd as substitute Oliver Burke struck home off of Axel Tuanzebe to seal a 2-1 win – only their second Premier League triumph of a wretched season.

Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “I can’t really remember Aaron Ramsdale having to make any saves. They just weren’t at it.

“Offensively or defensively. You think about Rashford, Martial, 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.”

On Oliver Burke’s winning goal, Hargreaves added: “Solskjaer will be furious with the transition initially.

“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, Pogba and Fernandes and they just react a little bit late.”


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