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Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United: Premier League – live!

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Tonight’s Premier League results

  • Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United
  • Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa
  • Norwich City 0-1 Everton
  • Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth

Full time: Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! Sheffield United’s miserable return from lockdown continues with an emphatic defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Anthony Martial scored all three goals for the hosts, notching his first senior hat-trick. Paul Pogba was impressive too, creating four opportunities as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side made it 12 unbeaten.

90+2 min: Manchester stay in fifth place but go to within two points of Chelsea, having played one game more. For Sheffield United the dream of Champions League football is surely over – they’re going to end this game in eighth place, five points off fifth place.

90 min: Sheffield United try another attack in an attempt to take the bare look off their side of the scoreboard. The ball’s crossed into the penalty area, where Victor Lindelof clears for Manchester United.

89 min: A poor first touch from Ighalo in the Sheffield United penalty area takes him away from goal as he receives a pass from Luke Shaw, drawing Simon Moore off his line. Ighalo finally resets and gets off a shot but the goalkeeper saves.

87 min: Sheffield United get out of their own half for what seems like the first time in about half an hour. Baldock and Zivkovic combine down the right, before a Basham effort is shepherded wide by Victor Lindelof.

85 min: A dangerous diagonal ball towards the far post from Aaron Wan Bissaka on the right flank somehow manages to evade everyone in the penalty area and roll wide at the far post. That would have been a fourth for Manchester United if somebody had got a touch.

83 min: Sheffield United continue to resemble a set of training cones as Manchester United play down the clock. It’s embarrassing for Chris Wilder’s men at this stage – they’ve had their collective backside handed to them tonight. They look a pale facsimile of the Sheffield United that did so well before the season went into involuntary hiatus.

Manchester United quintuple substitution: Premier League history is made as Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are replaced by Odion Ighalo, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Dan James and Scott McTominay. Somebody call the fire service – there’s smoke billowing out of the electronic substitution board.

78 min: Please be upstanding for what I believe is about to be the first quintuple-substitution in Premier League history.

76 min: From midfield, Pogba played the ball forward to Fernandes, who flicks the ball around the corner with his first touch. A one-two between Rashford and Martial later and the ball is nestling in the back of the net.

GOAL! Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United (Martial 73)

Anthony Martial wraps up his first senior hat-trick, clipping the ball over Simon Moore from the edge of the six yard box to round off a wonderful passing move involving Pogba, Fernandes and Rashford. You can stick a fork in Sheffield United – they’re done.

Anthony Martial lifts the ball over Blades’ keeper Simon Moore for his, and Manchester United’s, third.

Anthony Martial lifts the ball over Blades’ keeper Simon Moore for his, and Manchester United’s, third. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Danehouse/Getty Images

Manchester United’s French striker Anthony Martial celebrates scoring his team’s third goal, his hat-trick.

Manchester United’s French striker Anthony Martial celebrates scoring his team’s third goal, his hat-trick. Photograph: Michael Steele/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

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70 min: In other Premier League 6pm kick-off news: Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa, Norwich City 0-1 Everton, Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth.

Drinks break: Mine’s a double vodka and tonic with ice and a slice, please.

66 min: Luke Shaw gets booked for a foul on John Lundstram, who had motored past him on his way down the right wing.

65 min: Sheffield United substitution: Richairo Zivkovic on for David McGoldrick.

62 min: Paul Pogba picks up the ball a few yards outside the penalty are and shimmies past three defenders including Berge and Jagielka. A slight miscontrol enables Anthony Martial to steal the ball off his toe and blast the ball over the bar. Pogba is furious, as he could have continued his run and finished what would have been a splendid solo goal. Martial laughs with embarrassment and soon gets a smile from his team-mate.

Manchester Utd’s Anthony Martial reacts after a miss.

Manchester Utd’s Anthony Martial reacts after a miss. Photograph: Bradley Ormesher/NMC Pool

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60 min: This game is beginning to resemble one of those clips you see on YouTube, where a handful of professional footballers take on a couple of hundred school children, none of whom are able to get near the ball. Sheffield United’s players, all 200 of them, are chasing shadows.

59 min: Martial plays the ball wide to Rashford, whose attempted cross from the left is put out for a corner. Again, nothing comes of the set piece. On the touchline, Chris Wilder is losing his mind, effing and jeffing like a sailor at the top of his voice.

56 min: Mason Greenwood tries another shot from distance after receiving a pass from Paul Pogba. His low drive takes a deflection of Phil Jagielka and goes out for a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece. This is mind-numbingly tedious fare, which will suit Manchester United just fine. They’re controlling possession and letting Sheffield United’s players run their legs into stumps trying to get the ball back from them.

54 min: Relentless pressure from Manchester United against a Sheffield United side who seem to know their goose is cooked and are focussing on containment. Another Manchester United goal would finish this match as a contest and a spectacle altogether.

53 min: Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial combine down the right, the former winning a throw-in deep in Sheffield United territory when his attempted cross is blocked and put out of play.

51 min: Manchester United corner. With what looks suspiciously like a mis-kick, Bruno Fernandes pulls the ball to the edge of the penalty area, where Victor Lindelof is caught by surprise.

49 min: Chris Basham sends in a delightful cross from the right flank. It’s on a plate for Oli McBurnie at the near post, but he fails to make any contact with the ball as he leaps to head it home. That’s poor.

46 min: John Fleck tries to play David McGoldrick in behind but short changes him with his pass. The man they call “Dizzy” has to stretch to control the ball and loses possession to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Second half: Manchester United 2-0 Sheffield United

46 min: Play resumes with Sheffield United having made two changes at the interval. Lys Mousset and Oliver Norwood are both off injured and have been replaced by Oli McBurnie and Sander Berge.

Other Premier League half-times

  • Newcastle United 0-0 Aston Villa
  • Norwich City 0-0 Everton
  • Wolves 0-0 AFC Bournemouth
  • Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (BST)

Half-time: Manchester United 2-0 Sheffield United

A brace from Anthony Martial separates the sides as they go in for the break, the Frenchman scoring at the beginning and end of a half in which Manchester United had it very easy. The hosts also had a goal disallowed, while Marcus Rashford missed a sitter – all available evidence suggests Chris Wilder’s men have a mountain to climb in the second half.

45+2 min: Manchester United have been making hay down the right flank and they try to do so again. Martial tees up Greenwood, whose scuffed shot from distance doesn’t trouble Moore in the Sheffield United goal.

45+1 min: That’s a real kick in the swingers for Sheffield United, who had got themselves back into the game after a very poor opening 25 minutes. You can’t see them coming back from that particular hammer-blow and it’s no surprise to see that on their bench, Chris Wilder has his head in his hands.

GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 Sheffield United (Martial 44)

Martial scores his second – stabbing the ball home from eight yards out after getting on the end of a low Aaron Wan-Bissaka cross from the right.

Anthony Martial scores his, and Manchester United’s, second goal of the game.

Anthony Martial scores his, and Manchester United’s, second goal of the game. Photograph: Michael Regan/Pool/AP

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43 min: Paul Pogba clips a deft little pass over the top towards Rashford on the edge of the six-yard box. It’s headed clear by a defender.

41 min: In tonight’s three other 6pm Premier League kick-offs it’s scoreless across the board. Of course it is. Lifting the nation’s morale, see.

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40 min: On the touchline, McBurnie is made to wait as Mousset decides to see if he can make it to half-time.

39 min: Lys Mousset goes to ground and kicks off his boot. It looks like his race is run, but he’s getting treatment from a physio who’s wearing a facemask and what look like scuba diving goggles. On the touchline, Oli McBurnie prepares for action.

Lys Mousset of Sheffield United receives medical treatment from a member of the medical staff.

Lys Mousset of Sheffield United receives medical treatment from a member of the medical staff. Photograph: Martin Rickett/Pool/Getty Images

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37 min: Enda Stevens and John Fleck combine down the left flank and win another corner for Sheffield United, who have looked much improved since the drinks break. Lys Mousset is visibly struggling for them, limping badly. For the second time in quick succession, the ball drifts out of play from the corner. What a waste …

36 min: Worrying times for Manchester United fans as Bruno Fernandes adjourns to the side of the pitch to receive treatment for a knee injury. There’s no break in play and after about a minute he sprints back into action.

33 min: Sheffield United win a corner from which nothing comes after Victor Lindelof puts the ball out of play.

32 min: Bruno Fernandes tries to pick out Marcus Rashford with a reverse pass in behind but the pair get their wires crossed and Sheffield United are able to clear. Marcus Rashford looks to be lacking a tiny bit of sharpness since returning from his busy lockdown – he had a quiet game against Tottenham and despite teeing up Martial for Manchester United’s opener tonight, has since missed an open goal. He’ll come good soon enough – there’s no denying his talent.

30 min: Sheffield United enjoy a rare period of sustained possession on the edge of the final third but are unable to unpick the lock and Manchester United’s defence holds firm. John Lundstram eventually tries a shot from distance but his effort sails wide.

John Lundstram (L) of Sheffield United has a pop from distance.

John Lundstram (L) of Sheffield United has a pop from distance. Photograph: Michael Steele/Pool/EPA

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28 min: George Baldock plays a cross-field pass from right to left to Enda Stevens, but the Irishman is robbed of possession by Mason Greenwood.

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