Some Manchester United fans were delighted when Sheffield United dropped points in the race for the Champions League.

The Blades went 1-0 up at home against Brighton and Hove Albion through a superb Enda Stevens strike. Yet four minutes later they were pegged back by a Neal Maupay header and that was how the game at Bramall Lane ended.

With Tottenham Hotspur losing at Chelsea, it allowed Man United to leapfrog them both into fifth place with their 3-0 victory over Watford.

When Maupay scored that equaliser some happy Red Devils supporters took to social media to share their delight.

Chelsea fans were also pleased to see Chris Wilder’s side dropping points. Prior to last weekend’s result, they had seen the Blades close the gap between themselves and the Blues in fourth to just two points.

Manchester United fans celebrating draw is credit to Blades

Chris Wilder

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It seems a bizarre scenario when Man United, who have failed to qualify for Europe just once in the Premier League era, are pleased to see a draw at Bramall Lane.

It is a similar story at Chelsea, who have finished outside the top six on one occasion since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

Yet it is credit to the progress the Blades have made under Wilder that these sides now view them as their equal.

Newly promoted for their first top flight season in 12 years in 2019/20, the South Yorkshire team have taken things in their stride. The draw with Brighton may be viewed as disappointing in hindsight, but it took them to 40 points.

That is widely considered to be the total needed to avoid relegation. The Blades achieved it in 27 games.

They are also still in seventh position and very much in the race for European qualification this term. Those above them are right to be fearful.

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