Manchester United were denied a stunning win against Sheffield United as Oli McBurnie’s 90th-minute goal sealed a 3-3 draw in a Premier League classic at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were largely wretched against Chris Wilder’s men and found themselves 2-0 down after 52 minutes courtesy of goals from John Fleck and Lys Mousset.
They produced a stirring fightback, though, with goals from Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in the space of seven minutes appearing to set them up for a scarcely deserved three points.
However, substitute McBurnie had other ideas and his last-minute strike was given after a length VAR review for a potential handball.
The hosts started with a spring in their step and were denied an 11th-minute lead as David de Gea kept out efforts by John Lundstram and David McGoldrick in quick succession.
Some slapstick defending from Phil Jones meant the visitors’ woeful start was duly punished after 19 minutes, though.
The defender – who had looked shaky from the outset – was shrugged off the ball by Mousset down the right, with the Frenchman picking out Lundstram inside the penalty area.
The midfielder’s first-time effort was blocked by De Gea but ricocheted into the net off Fleck.
Solskjaer’s side started the second period in equally sluggish fashion and fell behind in the 52nd minute when Mousset superbly curled into the bottom-right corner from 25 yards after Andreas Pereira had been caught in possession.
Left-back Williams pulled United back into it with a crisp half-volley from 15 yards in the 72nd minute – his first senior goal for the club – before substitute Greenwood pulled them level five minutes later, sliding in from close range for his first Premier League goal.
Rashford then completed the stunning turnaround two minutes later, slotting into an empty net after excellent work down the left by Daniel James.
There was still time for one more twist, though, with McBurnie coming off the bench to volley past De Gea, who perhaps should have done more to keep out the effort, and seal a thoroughly deserved point for Wilder’s side.
Sheffield United: Moore, Basham (Robinson 82), Jagielka, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick (Sharp 77), Mousset (McBurnie 67).
Subs: Luke Freeman, Verrips, Osborn, Besic.
Goals: Fleck 19, Mousset 52, McBurnie 89
Manchester United: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Jones (Lingard 45), Wan Bissaka, Andreas Pereira (Greenwood 72), Fred, Williams, James, Martial (Tuanzebe 84), Rashford.
Subs: Mata, Grant, Young, Garner.
Goals: Williams 71, Greenwood 76, Rashford 78
Referee: Andre Marriner