Rashford leads Man United EPL comeback

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Hours after being honoured for his impact off the field, Marcus Rashford delivered on it.

The England striker scored twice to lead Manchester United's recovery to beat Sheffield United 3-2 in the Premier League on Thursday.

The evening began with Rashford - in a pre-recorded segment at the FIFA Best awards - receiving the fair play accolade from world football's governing body for his campaign to combat child poverty and pressure the British government into providing free meals.

"It will have a knock-on effect," Rashford said, "because things will start to happen in other countries as well."

His goals at Bramall Lane lifted United to sixth in the league, five points behind leaders and champions Liverpool with a game in hand.

"Once again we've done well to respond, going a goal behind, scoring three goals, and then of course, late on, if we don't kill the game off it's going to be tough at a place like this," Rashford said.

"Today we didn't get anything that we didn't expect. They fought for every ball, they wanted to win the game and they fought for 90 minutes, and in the end we managed to get the three points."

It was a familiar situation for United. For the sixth successive away game in the league, they fell behind before winning.

But it started badly for Dean Henderson in the United goal at the club where he was previously on loan.

There was no sign of danger when United captain Harry Maguire played a return pass to Henderson but he dawdled enough for Oliver Burke to close him down and flick the ball into the path of David McGoldrick to score from close range after five minutes.

But Rashford raced onto a superb ball by Victor Lindelof from his own half and took a sublime touch before slotting in the equaliser in the 26th minute.

It was a gut punch followed by a 33rd-minute uppercut. Paul Pogba found Anthony Martial with a clipped ball into the box and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale failed to deal with the forward's initial effort, allowing him to convert the rebound in front of the empty stand.

Rashford was on target again six minutes into the second half.

Pogba cut out a misplaced throw-in, turned smartly and produced a smooth pirouette to start a break from deep in the United half. Referee Michael Oliver allowed play to continue when Mason Greenwood was fouled in the middle of a fine team move that ended with Rashford all too easily beating Ramsdale.

Sheffield United did find a way past their former goalkeeper again in the 87th minute when John Fleck swung in a corner and Lindelof's header ricocheted back off McGoldrick into the goal.

The hosts would have pulled off a remarkable draw had it not been for Henderson thwarting Mousset in stoppage time.

Earlier Aston Villa were held 0-0 by Burnley despite having 27 shots as Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause both hit the crossbar.

Villa remain 11th and sit four points behind the top five. The point enabled Burnley to move outside the relegation zone, one point ahead of third-from-bottom Fulham.