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Result: Marcus Rashford nets brace as Manchester United overcome Sheffield United

Result: Rashford nets brace as Man United overcome Sheffield United
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Anthony Martial was also on target for United.

Marcus Rashford’s brace helped comeback kings Manchester United overcome Dean Henderson’s early gaffe at former club Sheffield United and continue their 100 per cent Premier League record on the road.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kicked off a crucial run of six matches in 16 days in familiar fashion at the beleaguered Blades, where this season’s run of winning away league games after falling behind extended to a sixth match.

Rashford and Anthony Martial turned things around in a first half that started with Henderson inexpiably allowing David McGoldrick to score, with Rashford extending Manchester United’s advantage at the end of a fine team move early in the second half.

But Chris Wilder’s men threatened a stunning late comeback, with McGoldrick netting his second before Henderson made amends for his early error by producing a superb stoppage-time save to deny Lys Mousset and seal a 3-2 win for the visitors.

Manchester United jump to sixth in the standings – just five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand – after Thursday’s trip to the historically bad Blades at an empty Bramall Lane.

Henderson’s error allowed McGoldrick to score and the home team to dream but yet again Solskjaer’s men rallied, with Rashford following a fine touch with a sweet strike before Martial’s first Premier League goal of the season turned the game on its head in the 33rd minute.

Sheffield United v Manchester United – Premier League – Bramall Lane
Manchester United celebrate Rashford’s second goal (Rui Vieira/PA)

Poor goalkeeping from Aaron Ramsdale allowed Rashford to finish a sublime team move early in the second half but the rock-bottom Blades did not give up.

McGoldrick’s late goal brought a tense finish that would have ended all square was it not for a superb late save from Henderson.

It was 10th successive top-flight win on the road for Manchester United, who were on the backfoot inside five minutes in South Yorkshire.

There was no sign of danger when Harry Maguire played a return pass to Henderson but he dawdled enough for Oliver Burke to close him down and flick into the path of McGoldrick to score from close range.

Sheffield United v Manchester United – Premier League – Bramall Lane
David McGoldrick (left) opened the scoring (Peter Powell/PA)

Phil Jagielka soon replaced the injured Sander Berge but the early rejig did not throw the hosts off kilter as John Fleck hit a low left-footed shot just wide.

The Blades were unsettling incoherent Manchester United, who saw Rashford lash over on a rare voyage forwards created by Bruno Fernandes’ inspired ball over the top.

Rashford again got behind the home side’s backline in the 26th minute and this time made no mistake, racing onto a superb Victor Lindelof ball from his own half and taking a sublime touch before lashing home.

Sheffield United v Manchester United – Premier League – Bramall Lane
Marcus Rashford (right) hit the equaliser (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

It was a gut punch followed by a 33rd minute uppercut. Martial was found by a delightful clipped ball into the box by Paul Pogba and Ramsdale failed to deal with his initial effort, allowing the attacker to direct home in front of the empty Kop.

The Sheffield United goalkeeper prevented Rashford from swiftly applying more salt to the wound as Solskjaer’s side upped the ante, much to the visible frustration of Wilder.

The hosts began to rebuild confidence before the break, only to fall further behind within six minutes of the second half getting under way.

Sheffield United v Manchester United – Premier League – Bramall Lane
Marcus Rashford (left) finished off a sweeping team move (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

Pogba cut out a misplaced throw-in, turned smartly and produced a lovely pirouette to start a break from deep in the Manchester United half.

Referee Michael Oliver allowed play to continue when Mason Greenwood was fouled in the middle of a fine team move that ended with Rashford all too easily beating Ramsdale.

It was a poor attempted save but could not take away from the quality of the goal.

United’s attackers continued to prove a nuisance as Solskjaer’s men searched for a fourth, with Juan Mata seeing a volleyed effort blocked after Henderson dealt with a hopeful Mousset attempt.

Sheffield United would find a way past their former goalkeeper again in the 87th minute as Fleck swung in a corner and Lindelof’s header ricocheted back off McGoldrick into the goal.

And the hosts would have pulled off a remarkable comeback draw was it not for Henderson superbly thwarting Mousset in stoppage time.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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