Manchester United secured an unexpected 2-1 win away at Sheffield United despite an inauspicious start, thanks to Diogo Dalot’s late stunning goal – something Erik Ten Hag would have approved of and which made Sir Bobby Charlton proud.

Before kick-off on Sunday, there was a moment of applause in memory of club legend who passed away earlier this week.

Scott McTominay’s first goal of the season

McTominay may not be popular among fans, but few players encapsulate Man Utd’s spirit more eloquently than McTominay did during a critical win against Sheff Utd.

Now with the game tied at 2-2 thanks to Oli McBurnie’s equaliser, McDermott was called upon to strike low and improvised into the bottom corner for United’s winning goal that sent fans wild with joyous celebrations. It capped a remarkable win that sent United fans wild.

He had already played an instrumental role in keeping Sheff Utd at bay with some strong defensive work, which prevented Rasmus Hojlund from scoring his inaugural Premier League goal when his swerving effort hit the bar. With many of last season’s stalwarts struggling, McTominay is increasingly under pressure to start. His versatility will enable him to help guide them through these challenging times ahead.

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Diogo Dalot’s late screamer

Portuguese defender Rui Faria has proven an essential figure for United in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s absence and his bending strike ensured they maintained their unbeaten home run. McTominay had earlier set him up with an excellent pass which resulted in him hitting the crossbar before Eddie Nketiah had a goal ruled off due to offside status.

Foderingham came to his keeper’s rescue as Hojlund was about to score, while Marcus Rashford and Sofyan Amrabat missed at the far post with long range shots, before Dalot broke the deadlock in the 77th minute when given too much space on the edge of the area and curled a shot past an helpless goalkeeper.

Sir Bobby Charlton would have enjoyed scoring such an absorbing goal at Manchester United during his days, and it proved the decisive blow at Bramall Lane. Yet Ten Hag still needs to address some pressing concerns such as why his side continues to concede soon after taking the lead – something they have done against Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Galatasaray recently.

Wes Foderingham’s saves

United did not put in their best performance, but held their nerve to claim back-to-back league wins for the first time this season and ease some of Erik ten Hag’s pressure. An emotional day for United after news that club legend Sir Bobby Charlton had passed, with captain Bruno Fernandes placing a wreath before kick-off.

Foderingham was called upon multiple times throughout, denying Rasmus Hojlund at close range and keeping out Sofyan Amrabat’s powerful drive from outside the box. Additionally, he saved from McBurnie while also deflecting Oliver Norwood’s header over.

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But it was Dalot who proved decisive as his deflection enabled him to volley home superbly after receiving a tempting cross. McTominay and Harry Maguire also did impressively as this match reached its climax.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side’s injury woes

Paul Heckingbottom faces an uphill task at Sheffield United: on one hand he must ensure players such as Oli McBurnie, Enda Stevens and Rasmus Hojlund who are recovering from injury are fully fit before moving onto their next set of fixtures. On the other, however, Paul Heckingbottom must juggle competing interests. On one side he needs to make sure players like McBurnie, Enda Stevens and Hojlund recover fully before their next series of matches begin.

But he must also find ways of reinvigorating a squad that has played more minutes than any other Championship team this year, an objective made more challenging by injuries to George Baldock and Sander Berge.

That was evident on Saturday at Bramall Lane when Erik ten Hag made five substitutions in search of an early win, an experiment which paid off but also revealed just how exhausted Heckingbottom’s side feels after spending so many hours out there playing football – something which will only worsen before the break comes around.