Manchester United bizarrely appeared to have a chair launched in their direction as they celebrated Diogo Dalot’s stunning winner at Sheffield United.
On a poignant day for the club following the death of one of their greatest ever players, Bobby Charlton, United were made to work hard by the Premier League’s bottom side. Defender Dalot was the unlikely hero as he saved their blushes with a 20-yard curler 13 minutes from time after Oli McBurnie’s first-half penalty had cancelled out Scott McTominay’s opener.
As the players celebrated in front of the away section, a white chair suddenly flew into view behind the advertising hoarding. It’s a mystery where the chair came from given the goal was scored in front of the United fans.
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The incident left fans watching on TV bemused. One said: “Good grief, what a finish by Dalot. I know it’s been a frustrating season for Sheffield United, but a fan throwing his chair toward the field in disgust is aggressive.”
United boss Erik ten Hag was more concerned about a desperately needed three points which left United eighth, five points off the top four. The Dutchman said: "We are happy with the win of course. Find a way to win and that was the approach to this game.
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"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.
"We knew before this is a tough game, you have to play your best and we needed a great goal to win it. 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."
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On the passing of Sir Bobby, Ten Hag added: "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."
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