Tottenham were on the wrong end of a controversial VAR decision as Jose Mourinho's side slumped to a 3-1 Premier League defeat at Sheffield United.

Harry Kane seemed to have pulled Spurs level immediately after Sander Berge's 31st-minute opener, yet the visitors were to be denied by the technology.

Despite there being a clear foul on Lucas Moura in the build-up, VAR official Michael Oliver deemed the Tottenham attacker to have handled the ball as he fell.

Tottenham's frustration was compounded midway through the second half as substitute Lys Mousset tucked into a gaping net.

Oli McBurnie made sure of victory six minutes from time, Kane's late effort the only blemish on a triumph that ended the Blades' four-match winless run.

Spurs could have been ahead inside six minutes – Moussa Sissoko just unable to get on the end of Eric Dier's flick-on from a corner.

Kane sliced a presentable chance wide soon after, and Tottenham were made to pay for his rare show of profligacy when Berge slammed home a low finish from inside the area.

Tottenham thought they were level a minute later as Kane calmly slotted in, only for the goal to be harshly disallowed for a handball by Moura, who only tripped onto the ball after he was fouled.

After a bright start to the second half, United could have been 2-0 up just after the hour, only for David McGoldrick to slice an effort into the side netting.

Yet McGoldrick's replacement Mousset made no such mistake with his first opportunity, the ex-Bournemouth striker provided with a simple finish after latching onto Enda Stevens' cross.

Kane had another goal rightly disallowed for offside soon after, though it was United who had their third next when Berge teed up McBurnie.

A defensive lapse from Berge allowed Son Heung-min to set up Kane in the 90th minute, though it was a mere consolation as Spurs suffered their first defeat since the restart.

 

What does it mean? Blades get back on track in style

A run of poor results since the restart had seen United drop to 10th prior to kick-off, yet they are now up into seventh place, which should be enough to secure at least a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.

Chris Wilder's side are two points above Tottenham, who will need a result against 11th-placed Everton next time out to propel themselves back to the top of the pack chasing the top six.

Berge off the mark for the Blades

It has been a staggered start to life in the Premier League for Berge, who has struggled to show his best form either side of lockdown, but the Norway international displayed great poise and composure with his finish, netting his maiden United goal with his first shot on target in England's top flight, and to complete an impressive display, he provided the assist for McBurnie late on.

Defensive woes shake Spurs

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were on the bench on Thursday, yet the players preferred by Mourinho – Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez – both failed to cover themselves in glory, and would both be lucky to be in the side next time out.

What's next?

United are back in action on Sunday, facing Burnley at Turf Moor, while Spurs host Everton on Monday.

Dean Henderson's loan from Manchester United to Sheffield United has been extended until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old's stay at Bramall Lane was initially supposed to run until the end of June, but with the coronavirus pandemic causing a significant delay to the season's conclusion, the Blades have successfully secured an extension.

Henderson is in his second season with Sheffield United, having helped them earn promotion to the Premier League from the Championship last term.

He has largely impressed for Chris Wilder's men in the top flight, with his performances giving rise to suggestions he could dislodge David de Gea as first-choice at Old Trafford next season.

However, his form seems to have dipped since English football's resumption earlier this month, with the Blades failing to win any of their four matches across all competitions, with Henderson featuring three times.

Henderson was ineligible as the Blades lost 3-0 at Old Trafford in their most recent Premier League match, but he was arguably at fault for Arsenal's late winner in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta believes Nicolas Pepe has "incredible potential", having already developed a greater understanding of what is required from him at Arsenal.

The club's record signing from Lille scored the opening goal in the FA Cup quarter-final victory at Sheffield United on Sunday, converting from the penalty spot in the first half.

Pepe has now scored eight times and registered the same number of assists during a promising debut campaign, though Arteta is confident there is still more to come from the talented 25-year-old.

Arsenal's head coach has been particularly pleased with how the player has grasped his responsibilities without the ball, as well as providing a threat in attack.

"I am very excited about what he can bring and what he's bringing to the team this season," Arteta told the media after the 2-1 victory at Bramall Lane sealed by a late goal from Dani Ceballos.

"I think he's made a click. I think he realises what he needs to do as well when we don't have the ball.

"I'm so pleased today. If you see his defensive actions, it's incredible what he was doing and then with the ball he gives us that creativity. He's a player that we need. It's always unpredictable what can happen when he has the ball is at his feet.

"I think [he is going] in the right direction."

Pepe joined Arsenal when Unai Emery was in charge but Arteta has been impressed by the Ivory Coast international - both on and off the field - since taking charge at Emirates Stadium late in 2019.

"I didn't know him personally but I think he's a player with incredible potential," Arteta - who won the FA Cup twice as a player with the Gunners - said.

"He needs to just be decisive in every game and take care of moments in the game when he disconnects himself a little bit, he cannot do that and I will be very persistent with him to try to change that because if he's at his best, he's a player that can make a difference for the team.

"He's such a nice boy, always smiling, always positive around everybody. He's a bit of a free spirit but that's good.

"You need all types of characters in the team and now he's showing his commitment to us."

Arsenal return to Premier League duty in midweek, hosting bottom club Norwich City on Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta is delighted with the way his young Arsenal players are "evolving" as the Gunners fought their way into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

It appeared the game was headed for extra-time when David McGoldrick cancelled out Nicolas Pepe's first-half penalty in the 87th minute.

Arsenal responded with an injury-time winner through Dani Ceballos, though, and head coach Arteta was impressed with the attitude of his youngsters.

"They [Arsenal's young players] are evolving and they are really willing and finding a lot of personality to play," he told BT Sport. 

"You can see the way they played and Eddie [Nketiah] the way he came on and fights with everybody, he doesn't care. I really like that."

After back-to-back defeats to resume their halted Premier League season, Arsenal have rebounded with a top-flight win against Southampton and their cup success versus the Blades.

"We really needed that, we played four away games after the coronavirus [break], it's not easy to do that in the Premier League and hopefully we can get some momentum going now," Arteta said.

Arsenal are back at Wembley and two wins away from lifting a first trophy under Arteta, who was appointed Unai Emery's successor in November.

The Spaniard says Arsenal remain very much a work-in-progress, though.

"We still have a massive gap to fill in, we have to improve many departments a lot, we have to respect the process," he added. 

"It's been really difficult, stop-start, stop-start, but we'll get it right. I'm convinced of that, we just need a little bit of time that's all."

Speaking to BBC Sport, he added: "It is a great opportunity to try and win a title and play in Europe."

David Luiz returned from suspension but lasted just 54 minutes of the contest at Bramall Lane.

Providing a brief update at his post-match news conference, Arteta said: "It was his ankle. He will get it assessed tomorrow [Monday]."

Dani Ceballos scored a stoppage-time winner as Arsenal reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a dramatic 2-1 win over Sheffield United. 

Nicolas Pepe's first-half penalty appeared set to be the only goal at Bramall Lane, only for a largely forgettable game to explode into life in the closing stages. 

Sead Kolasinac's poor clearance struck team-mate Shkodran Mustafi to inadvertently tee up David McGoldrick for an 87th-minute equaliser, seemingly sending the all-Premier League tie into extra time. 

However, substitute Ceballos beat Dean Henderson with a low shot from a tight angle to secure a July trip to Wembley for Mikel Arteta's side. 

Mesut Ozil is absent from Arsenal's squad to face Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Sunday after suffering a minor back injury.

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder is enduring a difficult season with the Gunners and is yet to play following the campaign's resumption after the coronavirus-enforced suspension.

Ozil was not even named on the bench in Arsenal's first match back, the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, though he was an unused substitute for the two following matches.

Given his lack of minutes, it was by no means a surprise to see the German absent again when Mikel Arteta's starting XI and bench were announced at Bramall Lane.

However, Arsenal quickly confirmed a "slight back injury" sustained in training a day earlier was to blame for Ozil not being selected in the matchday squad.

Arsenal are aiming to become the second team to qualify for this season's FA Cup semi-finals after Manchester United defeated Norwich City after extra-time on Saturday.

Arsenal will be without Gabriel Martinelli for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Brazilian forward Martinelli underwent surgery after damaging the cartilage in his left knee during a training session on Sunday.

The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions since arriving from Ituano ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Arsenal are hopeful he will be able to return to full training in "two to three months".

Pablo Mari is facing the same amount of time on the sidelines after having a procedure on his left ankle due to a significant ligament sprain against Manchester City last week.

Mikel Arteta will have Kieran Tierney available for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Sheffield United, though, with the left-back having overcome the cramping that forced him off against Southampton on Thursday.

Cedric Soares could make his first appearance since January against the Blades after going under the knife due to a nasal fracture.

David Luiz is also clear to play after serving a two-game suspension for his red card in the defeat to City, while Lucas Torreira is expected to return to full training in the coming days.

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic lauded star team-mate Anthony Martial following his first senior hat-trick.

Martial scored his maiden treble as United outclassed Sheffield United 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday.

A first-half brace set the tone before Martial became the first United player to celebrate a Premier League hat-trick since Robin van Persie in 2013.

Martial has scored a career-high 14 Premier League goals and 19 across all competitions this season as Matic hailed the French forward.

"I think it was very important for him to score goals, for every striker it's important, for his confidence," Matic told MUTV.

"I'm happy that our strikers are in good condition, tonight Anthony was man of the match, every chance he had went in.

"Let's see in the future what he can do for us. But I'm happy for him. Congratulations to him."

Matic also produced an impressive performance alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in midfield as United kept their Champions League bid on track.

Fernandes and Pogba started together for the first time for United, who extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men fifth in the table – two points behind Chelsea and six adrift of stuttering third-placed Leicester City.

Matic said: "I think it's always good play with top players. Not only them, we're lucky we have top players in every position.

"So tonight I played with Bruno and Paul, I think we did well, it was good there, I'm sure in the future we can improve a lot together, and also with Scott [McTominay] and Fred, whoever plays with us; I'm happy with the team performance and the way we controlled the game.

"I think we had control during all 90 minutes, of course we knew they were going to have some dangerous counter-attacks because tactically they play well.

"We analysed them very well, we treated them with respect, I'm so happy with the team performance, 3-0 against a team who creates problems for every team in the Premier League."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the in-form Red Devils are eyeing third position in the race for Champions League football after outclassing Sheffield United 3-0.

Anthony Martial scored his first senior hat-trick as United kept their Champions League bid on track against the Blades at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

A first-half brace set the tone before Martial became the first United player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Robin van Persie in 2013.

The comprehensive victory extended United's unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions, with Solskjaer's men fifth in the table – two points behind Chelsea and six adrift of stuttering third-placed Leicester City.

Asked about United's run-in with Leicester dropping points, Solskjaer told reporters: "I've never said fourth is our aim! We want to go third or fourth, but we have to focus on each game as it comes."

United won the opening leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against LASK 5-0 prior to the coronavirus pandemic, while they also earned an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Norwich City.

"There are two cups [the Europa League and FA Cup] there for us as well, so one game at a time and hopefully, by the end, we can have the points we need and maybe only have two teams in front of us," Solskjaer continued.

All eyes were on Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as the star duo started together in United's midfield for the first time in Manchester midweek.

But Nemanja Matic – who had been tipped to leave United at the start of the season following his initial struggle for first-team football – produced another impressive performance in the middle of the park, which earned praise from boss Solskjaer.

"Nemanja is playing some of his best football I have to say," Solskjaer said post-game.

"He's had a good pre-season for the first time in many, many years. Today as well, he dictated the game out there. His experience is vital for us.

"I'm very, very happy we've seen the best of Nemanja. He will be important for us. It's down to performances and if Nemanja wants to stay but at moment he is playing fantastic."

United are back in action with the FA Cup clash against Norwich on Saturday.

Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's first Premier League hat-trick since 2013 to boost their Champions League hopes further with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Martial netted twice in the first half as he capitalised on poor Blades defending, and he ended United's wait for a treble scorer, which had stretched back to Robin van Persie more than seven years earlier, in the 74th minute.

United stay fifth but put no breathing room between themselves and sixth-placed Wolves, who dealt Bournemouth's hopes of survival a further blow as Raul Jimenez sealed a 1-0 win at Molineux.

Bournemouth are third-bottom but are only above second-bottom Aston Villa on goal difference. Ahmed El Mohamady earned Villa a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, his header cancelling out Dwight Gayle's second-half strike.

Villa, Bournemouth and fourth-bottom West Ham are all on 27 points as the fight for survival looks set to go to the wire.

Norwich City look less and less likely to succeed in hauling themselves out of danger, the league's bottom club condemned to another defeat at Carrow Road after Michael Keane gave Everton a 1-0 win. The Canaries are six points adrift of safety with seven to play.

Anthony Martial toasted a special moment in his career after his fine hat-trick guided Manchester United to a 3-0 Premier League win over Sheffield United.

Martial showed sharp poaching instincts to net twice in the first half, before claiming the matchball with a wonderful chipped finish 16 minutes from time at Old Trafford.

It was the France international's maiden treble in senior football, while he was also the first United player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Robin van Persie in April 2013.

"It's special for me because it's my first one and I hope it's not the last one," he told Sky Sports.

"It was a long time with nobody scoring three goals [for United].

"It was an important win against a team who are just behind us, so it is important for us to keep going and win the next one."

United are fifth, two points behind Chelsea, whose game in hand comes against Manchester City on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a clinical display from Martial, who played at the centre of an attacking front three where he was flanked by Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

"I'm very happy for him," Solskjaer told Sky Sports after his side made it 13 games unbeaten in all competitions.

"The first two he is in the box, ready from crosses. We've worked a lot with Anto on his movement in there, [telling him to] be patient in there.

"He's a quality player who can drop out of the box and get some touches, but that's where you score the goals. And the last one is, of course, very nice combination play and a great finish."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see Manchester United be more clinical despite Anthony Martial's hat-trick sealing a commanding 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Martial's first treble in senior football - also the first by any United player in the Premier League since Robin van Persie more than seven years ago - was just reward for a fine showing from the hosts, as the Blades laboured in the Manchester heat.

It could have been a more commanding margin of victory, with Marcus Rashford culpable for a pair of glaring first-half misses, and it was this area of his side's performance that drew Solskjaer's attention as much as Martial's brilliance.

"The build-up into the last pass or finish was good, but we need to do better with all the spaces we created," he told Sky Sports, keen to take nothing for granted despite United keeping the pressure on fourth-placed Chelsea and extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 matches.

"I do expect them to take those moments. It didn't cost us today. We know we played well but we can do so much better.

"There's been games where we have dominated and not taken our chances, so we need to take our chances – that's what I'm saying.

"We created enough to win by more and in other games we've created enough to win them but not taken them.

"We need to take the chances and on the last pass be aggressive and progressive enough with our passing."

Aaron Wan-Bissaka assuaged doubts over the attacking side of his game with a superb assist for Martial's second in the 44th minute – a pivotal moment in the contest given Sheffield United had resumed brightly from the first-half drinks break.

"He's a former winger, he had another couple of great crosses as well. We need to be on the end of those," Solskjaer said, reprising a theme.

"Aaron is developing all the time. He's not played full-back many years and he'll only get better."

Paul Pogba turned in a polished performance on his first start since September, operating alongside Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic in a United midfield three that appeared ideally balanced.

"Paul was quality out there. He settled us, good decision making, good passing, hard to take the ball off him," Solskjaer added.

"I'm very pleased that we can get more minutes into him and let's see what we do in the weeks coming."

Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's first Premier League hat-trick for more than seven years as he monopolised the scoring in a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Martial revelled in his role at the centre of an attack featuring Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, with the latter claiming the first of two assists in the seventh minute.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a mockery of questions over his attacking capabilities from right-back as he tormented Enda Stevens to set up Martial's second a minute before half-time.

A clever chip completed his treble – becoming the first United player to do so in England's top flight since Robin van Persie against Aston Villa in April 2013.

Anthony Martial ended Manchester United's seven-year wait for a Premier League hat-trick against Sheffield United.

The France forward struck twice in the first half against Chris Wilder's men before wrapping up the first hat-trick of his career with a fine goal 16 minutes from time.

Martial is the first United player to score three times in a league match since Robin van Persie did so against Aston Villa in 2013.

That 3-0 win, which featured a spectacular Van Persie volley from a raking Wayne Rooney pass, secured the title for the Red Devils in Alex Ferguson's final season in charge.

Since then, United have failed to win the top-flight title, coming closest in 2017-18 under Jose Mourinho when they finished second behind runaway champions Manchester City.

A total of 21 Premier League teams have scored hat-tricks since the start of the 2013-14 season, including Sunderland - who are now in England's third tier - twice.

Martial's hat-trick took him to 19 goals in all competitions in 2019-20, two more than his previous best haul for the club.

Paul Pogba is to make his first Premier League start since September for Manchester United, lining up alongside Bruno Fernandes in the team to take on Sheffield United.

Fit again following a foot injury, Pogba made an impact off the bench in Friday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

The France international won the penalty that Fernandes converted to secure a point in the Red Devils' first outing since the coronavirus-enforced break to the top-flight season.

Now the pair are picked to play together from the start for the first time by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also selects Mason Greenwood in an attacking XI for the game at Old Trafford.

Pogba's previous league start was in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on September 30.

"It was always our plan to get Paul to play more and more. To give him more than 45 minutes, you've got to start him," Solskjaer – who also opted for Nemanja Matic in midfield – told Sky Sports. "Let’s see how long he [Pogba] lasts today.

On the Pogba-Fernandes combination, he added: "It's good players playing together, so it's always nice to see them. I know we're going to play against a very tough opponent that is going to make it difficult for them – and that's going to make Paul and Bruno run the other way [in defence] as well."

As for the visitors, Dean Henderson is unable to play against his parent club. Simon Moore starts instead in goal for the Blades, while centre-back Phil Jagielka replaces the suspended John Egan.

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