Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted parts of Manchester United’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield United evoked memories of the 4-0 defeat he suffered at Everton last season, but praised the manner in which his players responded at Bramall Lane.
Manchester United were staring a fifth defeat of season in the face when goals in either half from John Fleck and Lys Mousset moved the newly-promoted Blades to within 18 minutes of another famous Premier League scalp.
But unlike April’s crushing defeat at Goodison Park, Solskjaer’s side produced a stirring comeback as Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all scored in the space of seven minutes as Manchester United closed on the unlikeliest of victories.
Oli McBurnie’s 90th-minute equaliser denied them all three points, but with parts of the performance reminding the Manchester United boss of arguably the lowest point of his tenure at the club, Solskjaer had no option but to draw on the positives.
- “It was a very poor performance,” Solskjaer said. “I was thinking back to Everton, because that team gave up. But this team didn’t. To turn it around was a great answer to get from the boys.
- “We played badly in the first half, didn’t win any challenges, we didn’t stick to what we had planned, but to be able to shake those first-half fears away when you are 2-0 down and not give up was great.
- “You don’t expect players to give up, but last year we did and this year we didn’t. So there’s a massive difference in that respect.
- “The overriding feeling is positive, even though the big part of the game is negative, and we’re disappointed with it. But that is football for you.
- “To have the character to stick in there and turn it around was great and in the end, we were disappointed not to hold onto the lead.”