VAR Pulls United Back in Six-Goal Thriller vs Sheffield United

1. It’s always disappointing to concede in injury time and you lose two points. It’s even more disappointing when it appeared that the Sheffield United goal scorer had controlled the ball with his upper arm before hitting his shot. VAR decided that the goal could stand after a lengthy assessment. It could have been decided both ways really and this time it went against us. What annoyed me massively however was how on earth the clear-as-water foul on Jones by Mousset that led to the first goal was judged to be fair. A push from the back which was under the nose of the assistant referee and overlooked by the officials, and also by the VAR. Shocking.

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2. Coming from 2-0 down with twenty minutes to go and risking to win such a game is an amazing feat and without any doubt, the young guns have to be commended for not giving up. The Blades were tremendous during the first two-thirds of the match but even before the goal by Williams, United were beginning to make in-roads in the opposition half. The speed with which we can attack is frightening and our opponents could not cope with James, Rashford, Greenwood and Martial once we got into our rhythm. Those last twenty-five minutes were a joy to watch and made up for the previous subdued performance. Edge-of-the-seat stuff reminiscent of the glory days. This team will go far with a couple of adjustments. There, I said it.

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3. What a goal from youngster Brandon Williams. It was the moment of magic that we needed to spur us on and we could easily have won it. Williams has a decent future in front of him and he will certainly be a decent player. Whether he will be good enough to make the United team for years ahead is still unclear in my mind. What is clear for me – and I expect other fans to disagree but I will say it just the same – is that anyone out there says that the boy is ready. Certainly not. In the first half, he was bullied by the Sheffield players and could not get a grasp of where he should be on the pitch, apart from losing out in most challenges. Credit to him, he continued plugging away and that quality will serve him in good stead. Work in progress.

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