Dalot secures victory as Manchester United triumphs over Sheffield United 2-1 on a somber day following Charlton’s passing.
Diogo Dalot ensured Manchester United could honor Bobby Charlton with a victory.
In the 77th minute, Dalot elegantly curled in a long-range strike, securing a 2-1 win over Sheffield United. The emotional Premier League match was played just hours after the announcement of Charlton’s passing, who is regarded as United’s greatest ever player and had died at the age of 86.
Before the game, United’s captain Bruno Fernandes placed a wreath at the center of the field, and both teams participated in a tribute that included a moment of applause in honor of Charlton.
Goals from Scott McTominay and Dalot, then, ensured that they paid their respects with a victory.
“I believe that our victory brought a small glimmer of happiness on a somber day,” Dalot expressed. “This was our way to contribute and provide support to the family.”
United’s performance was not particularly convincing, considering their opponent is currently at the bottom of the standings with just one point. However, this marked Erik ten Hag’s first time securing back-to-back league victories this season.
At the conclusion of the match, the away fans were chanting, “There’s only one Bobby Charlton,” giving them a positive ending to an emotionally charged day.
Sheffield United had the stronger start, but it was the visiting team that took the lead against the run of play in the 28th minute. McTominay, who had previously rescued his side with two injury-time goals against Brentford before the international break, received the ball from Fernandes, and his scrappy effort found the bottom corner.
Nonetheless, just five minutes later, McTominay conceded a penalty when he handled James McAtee’s cross.
Oliver McBurnie confidently converted the penalty for his first goal of the season.
The home team continued to apply pressure, but Manchester United had two opportunities to seize the lead late in the first half. First, Fernandes sent a free kick that dipped and clipped the crossbar, and then Rasmus Hojlund had his attempt deflected wide by a terrific save from Wes Foderingham, who rushed out to make the stop.
In the middle of the second half, Manchester United began to assert control over the game. Foderingham made a save against Hojlund when the Danish player had a clear chance to score, Marcus Rashford’s shot rolled wide at the far post, and Sofyan Amrabat unleashed a powerful 20-yard strike that struck the crossbar.
Finally, in the 77th minute, the breakthrough occurred. Dalot was given too much space on the edge of the box, and he elegantly curled the ball into the top corner of the net.