Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder tells critics to keep faith as he kick-starts Blades bid to complete transfer jigsaw at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder tells critics to keep faith as he kick-starts Blades bid to complete transfer jigsaw at Bramall Lane

CHRIS WILDER is experiencing something new as boss of Sheffield United. Dissenting voices. A turbulent start to the season – two defeats and a win, three goals scored and six conceded – is not the real problem. For a minority of frustrated fans it is the missed opportunity in the permanent transfer window which is cause for concern. But with the loan market still open and the arrival of midfield man Oliver Norwood from Brighton, Wilder is confident things are looking up.

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Hostile reception awaits ex-Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins as he returns to scene of the crime at Bramall Lane with Hull City

Hostile reception awaits ex-Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins as he returns to scene of the crime at Bramall Lane with Hull City

NIGEL ADKINS tonight returns to Bramall Lane for the first time since being axed in 2016 and leaving Sheffield United in a shambolic state on and off the pitch, His Hull City team, expected to include former United goalkeeper George Long, face the Blades in the first round of the Carabao Cup. The wounds Adkins inflicted are still raw and he can expect a hostile reception.

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£8m bid: Has Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell played his last match in Blades shirt at Bramall Lane?

£8m bid: Has Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell played his last match in Blades shirt at Bramall Lane?

JACK O’CONNELL has almost certainly played his last match in a Sheffield United shirt. Brighton have increased their bid for the 24-year-old defender to £8million, having had two offers rejected. Blades boss Chris Wilder said last week that O’Connell is not for sale. Now the club’s resolve will be severely tested.

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He's one of our own: Journalist Danny Hall's extraordinary account of Sheffield United Chris Wilder and his first two remarkable years in charge of the Blades at Bramall Lane

He's one of our own: Journalist Danny Hall's extraordinary account of Sheffield United Chris Wilder and his first two remarkable years in charge of the Blades at Bramall Lane

DANNY HALL, a sports reporter on local paper The Star, is getting ready for the publication of his first book. And what a book. He’s one of our own is the inside story on Chris Wilder’s remarkable first two years in charge of Sheffield United. Danny kindly let ViewFromTheJohnStreet.com have a preview and Blades fans won’t be disappointed.

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Second bid rejected but Sheffield United could stand to gain if they accept loss of Blades defender Jack O'Connell at Bramall Lane

Second bid rejected but Sheffield United could stand to gain if they accept loss of Blades defender Jack O'Connell at Bramall Lane

JACK O’CONNELL is still a Blades player but for how long? Brighton have had a second bid rejected for the defender who plays a key role at Bramall Lane. If Sheffield United do sell it will be a setback but there are also benefits for boss Chris Wilder with time running out to build a promotion squad.

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As Sheffield United's Tony Currie prepares for standing ovation at Bramall Lane don't leave behind wing wonder Woodward

As Sheffield United's Tony Currie prepares for standing ovation at Bramall Lane don't leave behind wing wonder Woodward

TONY CURRIE, 17 England caps and already named as the best player in Sheffield United’s history, is preparing for the greatest honour of all. The South Stand at Bramall Lane will be unveiled as the ‘Tony Currie Stand’ before a pre-season friendly against Internazionale. But haven’t the club forgotten something?

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Another record bid as Sheffield United finally enter real world and Blades boss Chris Wilder is backed to up Championship game at Bramall Lane

Another record bid as Sheffield United finally enter real world and Blades boss Chris Wilder is backed to up Championship game at Bramall Lane

JOHN EGAN’S arrival for a club record £4million-plus marks a huge shift in policy at Sheffield United. Another ground-breaking bid has been lodged for Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn. Spending money alone doesn’t guarantee success but boss Chris Wilder’s judgment is finally being given the chance to compete on a more level playing field.

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Marc McNulty and Ched Evans – a story of Sheffield United strikers past and present and a gamble which spectacularly backfired

Marc McNulty and Ched Evans – a story of Sheffield United strikers past and present and a gamble which spectacularly backfired

IT CAN be dressed up however you like, but Ched Evans career at Sheffield United is surely heading for a premature end. The 29-year-old striker has not met expectation. Little more than a year into a three-year contract he has been packed off to League One Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan. Contrast that with another top scorer for the Blades, Marc McNulty. Cast aside but now beginning a new chapter at United’s Championship rivals Reading after a spectacular season at Coventry.

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Sheffield United owners' bitter war exposed like never before as '£10m' transfer budget claim at Bramall Lane appears to be in the hands of a judge

Sheffield United owners' bitter war exposed like never before as '£10m' transfer budget claim at Bramall Lane appears to be in the hands of a judge

JUST when you thought a period of summer calm had descended on Bramall Lane, co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have escalated their bitter war for control of Sheffield United in court. Now, in a bizarre and sensational twist, it appears that the fate of £10million identified by ‘business managers’ as needed to spend in the transfer window is a decision that could be made by a judge.

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WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT: Former Sheffield United striker Brian Deane, ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri, England manager Gareth Southgate

WHO'S HOT AND WHO'S NOT: Former Sheffield United striker Brian Deane, ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri, England manager Gareth Southgate

WHO’S HOT AND WHO’S NOT: England manager Gareth Southgate and in a rare visit to the dark side for ViewFromTheJohnStreet.com, Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri. Sadly in what was a memorable week for England football fans, former Blade Brian Deane didn’t fare so well.

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Former Sheffield United defender and England World Cup star Harry Maguire has not forgotten his Sheffield roots as nation wakes up to ex-Blades talent

Former Sheffield United defender and England World Cup star Harry Maguire has not forgotten his Sheffield roots as nation wakes up to ex-Blades talent

HARRY MAGUIRE is enjoying an extraordinary World Cup with England. The Leicester City defender is currently wooing the nation with a skill set that Sheffield United fans have long been familiar with during the early stage of his career at Bramall Lane. Here the Daily Mail’s David Jones delves into the Sheffield roots that have made Big Harry “possibly one of the most unaffected, humble, grounded blokes ever to pull on a Three Lions jersey.”

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Former Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire is a wanted man after World Cup heroics but can Leicester City keep hold of him?

Former Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire is a wanted man after World Cup heroics but can Leicester City keep hold of him?

HARRY MAGUIRE set England on the way to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, heading the opener in a 2-0 win against Sweden in Russia. Former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown, a huge admirer of the 25-year-old, believes Maguire’s World Cup performances will scramble a big-money race to try and prise him away from Leicester City.

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Men of steel – Sheffield United talent factory forged backbone of England World Cup defence writes Matt Barlow of ex- Blades in Daily Mail

Men of steel – Sheffield United talent factory forged backbone of England World Cup defence writes Matt Barlow of ex- Blades in Daily Mail

TODAY’S Daily Mail features Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire under the headline ‘Men of Steel – How Sheffield United’s talent factory forged the backbone of England’s World Cup defence’. A fascinating interview with Ron Reid, the club’s former Academy manager.

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Ex-Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire flies Blades flag in Moscow after rave reviews as England reach World Cup quarter-finals in thriller

Ex-Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire flies Blades flag in Moscow after rave reviews as England reach World Cup quarter-finals in thriller

HARRY MAGUIRE won rave reviews from former England internationals after the ex-Sheffield United defender played a huge part in the national side reaching the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. Ecstatic Maguire was only too happy to show his true colours with fans after the match.

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David Brooks' move from Sheffield United to Bournemouth was no-brainer for Blades and player, but is youth at Bramall Lane being overlooked while it's still available?

David Brooks' move from Sheffield United to Bournemouth was no-brainer for Blades and player, but is youth at Bramall Lane being overlooked while it's still available?

DAVID BROOKS has stepped up to the Premier League with a £12million move to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. His departure was inevitable and a good deal for Sheffield United and the player. But the midfield gem was set to be loaned to League Two Chesterfield just over a year ago. Which begs the question is youth being handled correctly at the Lane?

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Former Blades striker James Hanson reveals his 'couple of bad seasons' since leaving Bradford for Sheffield United as he starts to rebuild career at AFC Wimbledon

Former Blades striker James Hanson reveals his 'couple of bad seasons' since leaving Bradford for Sheffield United as he starts to rebuild career at AFC Wimbledon

JAMES HANSON has revealed after joining AFC Wimbledon this week that he had “a bad couple of seasons” after moving from Bradford City to Sheffield United. This despite playing a key role in the Blades 100-point League One title win in 2017.

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Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has got it wrong with claim Blades are no longer a selling club

Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has got it wrong with claim Blades are no longer a selling club

CHRIS WILDER suggested this week that Sheffield United are no longer a selling club unless “silly money” is offered. An extraordinary claim which flies in the face of what Blades of all ages have experienced in their lifetimes. His belief may about to be put to the test. It’s a safe bet that it won’t need silly money, just his considerable worth, to prize midfield talent David Brooks from Bramall Lane.

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Astonishing attack on England and former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker from ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Astonishing attack on England and former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker from ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

KYLE WALKER, one of three Yorkshiremen and two ex-Blades who started England’s record-breaking World Cup romp against Panama, and among the six who finished it, has come under an extraordinary attack from Arsenal’s former boss Arsene Wenger.

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Blades boss Wilder acknowledges how he plans to make difference as fixture release brings home last season's lost opportunity for Sheffield United

Blades boss Wilder acknowledges how he plans to make difference as fixture release brings home last season's lost opportunity for Sheffield United

CHRIS WILDER has reasserted his plan to make Sheffield United a top six Championship force to be reckoned as the 2018-19 fixtures were released and underlined how competitive the new challenge will be. As good as last season was, it also became a lost opportunity and the Blades boss, now armed with an improved budget to add quality in key areas, doesn’t want to feel that way again.

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