Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, expressed his “delight” with Harry Maguire’s performance as his team won their fifth Premier League game of the year. He was personable and had a good sense of the game. He’s playing very pro-actively, just how we want him to. Out of possession, controlling opponents, and intervening when required. Not only am I pleased with his performance, but also with our victory. The Dutchman was clearly pleased with his captain’s performance and thought that he should have won player of the match, but he was also pleased with his team’s crucial three points. We needed to keep in mind. Charlton, Bobby
Thirteen minutes from time, a 25-yard strike from Diogo Dalot gave United, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, the victory at the Lane. This happened after Blades striker Oli McBurnie scored the game’s first goal before halftime after Scott McTominay gave up a penalty for a handball infraction. He was exceptional both on and off the field. He had a strong sense of self. Bobby Charlton had to be remembered, and we did it honorably. In his pregame interview, Ten Hag paid tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton by saying that the victory was for him. “His accomplishments are enormous, worldwide, and not just in England. Although I was never privileged to meet him,
Our first half was not a good game; it was a poor game on our side. You see it often after the international break but especially with us, with so many changes every time in line-ups and the routines are not there. We allowed them to make it their game.”
From a Sheffield united point of view, manager paul heckingbotton was quick to highlight how injuries are ‘crippling’ his side, with players such as Basham, Baldock, Egan, Lowe, Osula and Jebbison all on the sidelines currently.
He also mentioned: “Anel jumped for a header in training and hurt his hamstring. We will have to wait and see on the time scale, I’m just grateful it’s not as severe as all these other guys we’ve got out injured.”
“It’s something we have to look into, whether it’s about money, personnel or how we manage players.”
The Blades are left rock bottom of the premier league table currently, with just one point from their first nine games. Heckingbottom acknowledged this and said: “The margins have been so fine for us in so many games. We’ve been close in too many to not have a victory yet. There were lots of aspects of that performance that were very good individually, and collectively. I’m frustrated. I think when I watch it back tomorrow, I’ll be able to look at it with a bit more perspective.”
“We’ve got to take it on the chin and build on that performance. We had to change the shape after the injuries we’ve suffered but it’s an opportunity for other players. I thought we adapted really well and it made us look dangerous. We defended very well so it’s frustrating, but it’s a tough league. We have to enjoy the challenge and make sure we’re better next week.”
The pressure on the Sheffield united boss is growing rapidly after they became just the fourth side in PL history to have only registered one point from their opening nine games. After such a successful EFL Championship campaign last season, Blades fans will want to see points on the board in the coming weeks.