Manchester United’s thrilling victory over Sheffield United took an unexpected twist when a chair was apparently hurled in their direction during the celebrations of Diogo Dalot’s remarkable late goal.
On what was an emotional day for the Red Devils, as they mourned the passing of the legendary Bobby Charlton, United found themselves battling fiercely against the league’s trailing side. The spotlight fell on Dalot who curled in a spectacular 20-yard goal, turning the tide 13 minutes before the end, especially after Scott McTominay’s early lead was neutralized by Oli McBurnie’s penalty.
But what caught many off guard was the sight of a white chair soaring behind the advertisement boards as United players rejoiced near their supporters. Puzzlingly, the goal was netted in front of the United faithful, raising questions about the origin of the airborne furniture.
Viewers tuning in from home shared their confusion online. One viewer remarked, “Incredible strike by Dalot. I understand it’s a testing time for Sheffield United, yet hurling a chair onto the pitch? That’s a bit much.”
The focus for United’s head coach, Erik ten Hag, was primarily the much-needed victory which sees his team positioned at eighth, a mere five points away from the top four. Reflecting on the game, Ten Hag commented, “We are happy with the win of course. Find a way to win and that was the approach to this game.”
“The first half was not the best from our side but from the second half we controlled the game and won with a great goal. Sheffield United had a lot of energy and played with a system we didn’t expect. We adjusted.”
Highlighting the intense nature of Premier League matches, the coach emphasized, “You have to fight in the Premier League for every point, you have to play your best in every game because you don’t get anything for nothing.”
Regarding the loss of Sir Bobby Charlton, Ten Hag stated, “Very sad, our thoughts are with his family, especially his wife, his children and grandchildren. What he achieved in football was immense. Also his personality off the pitch. The football world lost a big man.”
“We had to show our respect for him and I think we did that today. We wanted to celebrate but also to remember him.”