Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleased with team’s reaction to ‘sloppy’ start at Sheffield United

While Solskjaer leaves South Yorkshire buoyed by another away win, the Blades are stuck on one point from their opening 13 top-flight matches.

Chris Wilder’s men are in a bleak position, but the Sheffield United boss is taking positives from Thursday’s performance.

“We weren’t in a good place Sunday night on the way home and rightly so because I didn’t enjoy that,” the Blades boss said, reflecting on the 3-0 humbling at Southampton. “I didn’t enjoy watching the team. It’s very unlike us. Passive.

“I think Ole and his coaching staff and the players would accept that we were going to try and make it competitive tonight and show a reaction from not a Sheffield United performance. In a lot of way it was [positive]. It was front foot, aggressive.

“We are disappointed with the goals that we conceded. A couple of big moments. Sander Berge going off has hit us really because it was an important area of the pitch for us tonight with the three of those boys in.

“We had to win first ball, win second balls, we had to try and get amongst their midfield players, so for him go off was disappointing. Obviously we had an opportunity – it’s not a brilliant opportunity but one that maybe we have to do better with with John Fleck.

“But the couple of goals that sort of turned the game on its head were really preventable from our point of view.”

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