Man Utd’s title charge was knocked off course on Wednesday as they fell to a shock defeat at home to Sheffield Utd.
The Blades are currently propping up the Premier League, but took a surprise lead midway through the second half when John Fleck’s corner was flicked into the net by Kean Bryan.
United striker Anthony Martial then had a goal disallowed for a perceived foul by Harry Maguire on Aaron Ramsdale.
Nothing was stopping Maguire in the second half though, as United’s captain headed home from a corner to level the scoring.
But United’s lead was short-lived, as Oliver Burke’s shot deflected off Axel Tuanzebe and in off the crossbar to earn the visitors a shock win.
Here are the talking points from Old Trafford.
1. Pushing your luck
After a pretty tepid opening 20 minutes, United were suddenly shocked into action after falling a goal though it perhaps shouldn’t have counted.
United had been given a warning minutes earlier when David de Gea saved from Billy Sharp, and Kean Bryan broke the deadlock moments later.
John Fleck whipped an in-swinging corner right into the danger area where a cluster of bodies were forming in front of United’s keeper.
De Gea was in a decent enough position to punch it clear but barely got off the ground as Bryan flicked a header over him.
United’s No.1 never looked convincing in the moment and should have claimed it.
But on second glance there was a clear shove in De Gea’s back from Sharp, which may have been enough to put him off.
2. Six of one, half a dozen the other
Not only did Sheffield United get away with Sharp’s nudge, they also escaped unscathed from a similar incident at the other end.
Shortly after falling behind, Martial had the ball in the back of the net for the hosts via a simple tap-in.
But it was quickly chalked off for an adjudged foul by Maguire on Ramsdale when arguably it perhaps should have stood.
Maguire was looking directly at the ball with his back to the Blades’ keeper as he attempted to flick the ball on, and it was more Ramsdale’s poor handling which allowed Martial the chance to level.
Comparing it to Sheffield United’s opener, Rio Ferdinand said: “If you give one, you have to give the other.”
As it was, Ramsdale was given the benefit of the doubt, much to De Gea’s misfortune.
3. Lacklustre United
On paper this looked an easy three points for United, but swiftly turned into anything but.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been virtually impregnable in their chase for the title in recent weeks, but produced a more laboured display against the league’s basement boys.
United were sluggish and moved the ball around too slowly to particularly threaten the visitors in what was their worst performance in some time.
As the game wore on United upped the tempo but they struggled to find a breakthrough as they slipped to their first defeat in 14 matches.
Matches like this should be bread and butter for any prospective title winners, and it has unearthed the old questions over United’s credentials.
In a title race of fine margins, results like this will prove costly.
4. Jagielka the man mountain
It’s hard to believe Phil Jagielka is still playing, let alone putting in man of the match displays against Man Utd.
The Sheffield United stalwart was a colossus at the back for his side, commanding the Blades’ defence and putting his head and body where it hurts.
He limited the likes of Martial, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani to just scraps in a top class performance.
At 38 years old Jagielka rolled back the years, and proved age really is just a number.
5. Defensive woes return
We know United’s back four are far from the sturdiest, but some of their old problems were laid bare against Sheffield United.
After pulling themselves back level, Oliver Burke’s deflected strike restored the Blades’ advantage and left United shell-shocked.
In truth, Sheffield United could have been further ahead by then, with several other chances going begging after cutting through United with ease.
Axel Tuanzebe endured a tough evening in Eric Bailly’s absence, and United looked a lot more vulnerable when forced to take the game to their opponents rather than sit back and counter attack.
Those same weaknesses led to Fulham’s goal last week, and will still be a cause for concern for Solskjaer the further the campaign goes on.