Matchweek 34
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Wed 24 Apr 2024
Kick Off:
Old Trafford, Manchester
Att: 73,549
Ref: Michael Salisbury




Bruno Fernandes produced a decisive double as Manchester United twice came from behind for a 4-2 win over Sheffield United at Old Trafford, easing the pressure on manager Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag received criticism after his team surrendered a three-goal lead in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City, who they beat on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

His team trailed twice on Wednesday, with Jayden Bogle punishing Andre Onana's error to score and Ben Brereton Diaz prodding home the Blades' second, either side of Harry Maguire equalising.

However, captain Fernandes equalised from the spot in the second half and then produced a brilliant long-range strike to put his side 3-2 up before finally teeing up Rasmus Hojlund for a late finish.

The win takes Ten Hag's side above Newcastle United and into the top six with 53 points. 

How the match unfolded

Just 28 seconds had been played when Diogo Dalot worked Wes Foderingham from range, but if the hosts thought that effort would precipitate an assault on the Blades' goal, they were mistaken.

Alejandro Garnacho was denied by Foderingham after a mazy run, but the Red Devils were largely uninspired as the visitors sat back.

They gifted Sheff Utd the lead after 35 minutes as Onana passed straight to Bogle, who side-footed home at the near post.

That sparked Ten Hag's team into life, though, and they were level within seven minutes as Maguire scored with a glancing header from Garnacho's cross against his former team.

Foderingham denied Garnacho with a fine stop on the stroke of half-time, and Sheff Utd made that reprieve count within five minutes of the restart, Brereton Diaz pouncing to prod home from Ben Osborn's cross.

Yet Chris Wilder's visitors again failed to hold on as Auston Trusty wrestled Maguire to the ground from a corner, allowing Fernandes to fire into the top-left corner from the penalty spot.

Fernandes then blasted home from 25 yards out to send Ten Hag's hosts ahead for the first time.

The midfielder was not done there, teeing up Hojlund to make the points safe with a pinpoint cross from the right.

Ahead of Wednesday's encounter, Man Utd had only won one of their last seven Premier League matches, drawing three and losing three, and were winless through the last four of those, with three draws and one defeat – their worst such streak since 2019.

They twice looked on course for a embarrassing defeat, but Fernandes led from the front to down the Blades and boost his team's hopes of securing UEFA Europa League qualification.

He has now scored seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances, netting in each of his last four outings. This is just the second time he has enjoyed a four-match scoring streak with the Red Devils in the competition, having previously done so under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in February 2021.

While Sheff Utd can take heart from their performance at Old Trafford, the result does nothing for their slim hopes of remaining among England's elite.

Wilder's men are 10 points from safety with just four matches to play this season and will be relegated to the Championship if they lose to Newcastle Utd on Saturday.

The Blades could even see their fate confirmed this weekend with a victory, depending on Nottingham Forest's result against Manchester City on Sunday.

They have now conceded 92 goals in 34 Premier League matches this term, the most ever conceded in a 38-game season in the competition.

Club reports

Man Utd report | Sheff Utd report

Match officials

Referee: Michael Salisbury. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Derek Eaton. Fourth official: Paul Tierney. VAR: Michael Oliver. Assistant VAR: Natalie Aspinall.

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Club Reports

Match officials

Referee: Michael Salisbury

Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

VAR: Michael Oliver

Assistant VAR: Natalie Aspinall

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