Ange Postecoglou won the manager of the month award for August, as Spurs were impressive in the opening weeks of the campaign, but for much of the afternoon it looked like they would be unable to recover where they left off before the match. international truce.
After 74 minutes of near-constant pressure from Spurs, and save after save from Wes Foderingham, Gustavo Hamer found the bottom corner to stun Tottenham and give the Blades a lead that remained until the eighth minute of added time.
At that point, Richarlison stepped up, scoring his first Premier League home goal for the club from a corner, before Dejan Kulusevski produced the winner in the 100th minute to spark wild celebration scenes. Ollie McBurnie was sent off in the dying seconds, with a second yellow for dissent, to cap a miserable finale for the visitors.
The pattern of the match was set from the start, Foderingham made seven saves in the first 35 minutes of the match alone as James Maddison and Heung-min Son all forced the goalkeeper into action. Yves Bissouma came closer than anyone to opening the scoring when he entered the box, but his effort was smothered.
This continued after the break, with Spurs dominating possession and pushing the Blades back without turning that pressure into a stream of clear-cut chances. Son saw an effort blocked when the ball was returned to him, while Manor Solomon went close on several occasions while drifting down the left.
But it was at the other end of the pitch that the goal finally arrived, a long throw into the box finding Hamer at the far post and he dragged his low shot into the corner, off the far post.
Brennan Johnson was thrown on for his Tottenham debut and he thought he had an equalizer to score it, as he knocked Bissouma’s ball over the top and lifted a finish into the back of the net. The offside flag was raised as he walked away in celebration.
A late boost for Spurs came in the form of 12 extra minutes, although for eight of them they struggled to build any sort of momentum.
That changed when Richarlison’s header found the back of the net, with Tottenham taking advantage of a corner in the 15th time. And one point became three a few minutes later, as the Brazilian turned passer to give Kulusevski the most spectacular winner.