Manchester United v Sheffield United: Job done, pressure on Chelsea

Manchester United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Sheffield United last night to cut the gap to Chelsea in fourth down to just two points.

Chelsea play Manchester City tonight at Stamford Bridge in a match that will provide the toughest possible test to the City team. City have come back from the COVID-19 halt in fine form, scoring eight goals in two games against Arsenal and Burnley.

As for United, an Anthony Martial hat-trick inspired the boys to all three points against Sheffield United last night at Old Trafford.

That was Martial’s first ever hat-trick in a Manchester United shirt and, while it’s great to see, it’s a shame that the fans couldn’t be there to see it in person and celebrate with him.

The Frenchman was pivotal to everything United did in attack all game long, linking with Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba in particular throughout the game. He even laid one on a plate for Rashford which should have been turned home, but the local lad wasn’t set and he turned his shot wide.

The win means that Manchester United jump on to 49 points with 31 games played in the Premier League. Chelsea currently sit on 51 points with 30 games played but, as mentioned earlier, their 31st game is a very tough test against Manchester City later this evening.

As for United, our next game will be in the FA Cup as Norwich make the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday evening. It would be very nice to cap this season off with Champions League qualification and an FA Cup trophy, so a win there is absolutely crucial. Given Norwich’s lowly position, a win is somewhat expected too…

From this point onwards, the schedule falls in our favour as we only half one more game that presents a serious test – the trip to Leicester City in the final game of the season. Chelsea still have Liverpool and Wolves to play on top of tonight’s test, so as long as United don’t slip up against the more beatable teams in the run in, we’re in with a great chance of pipping Chelsea to that fourth spot.

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