Sheffield United 2 Manchester United 3 - player ratings

For a spell at the beginning it was like the old Sheffield United, for a time at the end, Manchester United were nervous.
GOALS: David McGoldrick puts his side 1-0 up after a Dean Henderson errorGOALS: David McGoldrick puts his side 1-0 up after a Dean Henderson error
GOALS: David McGoldrick puts his side 1-0 up after a Dean Henderson error

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.

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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

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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.


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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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