Sheffield United 2 Manchester United 3 - player ratings
In between, though, the Blades struggled to lay a glove on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's expensively-assembled side.
One again there were positives, but no points for the bottom-of-the-table side.
Chief football writer Stuart Rayner rates the individual performances from the home side.
Aaron Ramsdale – should have done better with Marcus Rashford's second goal 6
Chris Basham – did well when moved to midfield but the switch caused problems elsewhere before it was undone 7
John Egan – a tough ask anchoring a makeshift back three 6
Jack Robinson – injuries handed a reprieve to a man Chris Wilder appeared to have written off 6
George Baldock – a good cross for Rhian Brewster late on 7
Sander Berge – came off inside 10 minutes with what looked like a hamstring strain N/A
Ethan Ampadu – swamped in midfield without Berge 5
John Fleck – his corner caused Manchester United's late jitters 6
Enda Stevens – his man, Mason Greenwood, was the quietest visiting attacker 6
Oliver Burke – causes problems when he goes out wide 7
David McGoldrick – two more goals for a striker who struggled badly for them last season 8.
Phil Jagielka (for Berge, 12) – just asking too much for a man of his age to contain the pace of Marcus Rashford 4
Lys Mousset (for Jagielka, 63) – forced a good late save 6
Rhian Brewster (for Burke, 73) – got some good shots in but badly needs that first goal 6.
Not used: Sharp, Norwood, Verrips, Osborn.
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