Sheffield United have chance to capitalise on early Premier League gift at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United have chance to capitalise on early Premier League gift at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED have been dealt a good hand by the early fixture schedule as they bid to find their feet in the Premier League. A draw at Bournemouth on the opening day of the season has set them up for three home dates, all winnable, which could help set the narrative over the months to come. What happened at the Vitality Stadium offered a revealing insight into the best approach and a familiar one.

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Critics don't get it but Wilder is man with proven plan for Sheffield United's step up to big time

Critics don't get it but Wilder is man with proven plan for Sheffield United's step up to big time

CRITICS of Sheffield United’s chances of surviving their return to the Premier League longer than the last attempt 12 years ago, have moved into overdrive. It’s tough for any promoted club but the flack seems to be born more out of ignorance rather than informed opinion. Boss Chris Wilder, meanwhile, has spent an unprecedented £40million-plus on players – £20m with add ons for striker Ollie McBurnie. – and broken the Blades transfer record four times. All of the new arrivals appear a good fit to his tried and trusted plan which the doom-mongers fail to understand.

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Revealing Sheffield United thriller a real page-turner to grip Blades fans

Revealing Sheffield United thriller a real page-turner to grip Blades fans

WE’RE not going to Wembley is a page-turning thriller which will grip Blades fans. Not just an account of Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League but the fascinating story behind the story as told by many of the key players involved. Another riveting must read written by award-winning sports journalist Danny Hall, author of He’s one of our own which charts Chris Wilder’s remarkable first season in charge at Bramall Lane.

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Is this the end of a beautiful friendship as Sheffield United star Mark Duffy presses self-destruct button

Is this the end of a beautiful friendship as Sheffield United star Mark Duffy presses self-destruct button

MARK DUFFY, one of the most respected players at Bramall Lane, appears to have launched himself on an ill-timed kamikaze mission as the final countdown to the Premier League kick-off begins. Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder gave him short shrift when the 33-year-old demanded a new contract and now Duffy, arguably the manager’s best signing, may live to regret the consequences.

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He's been round the clock but that makes Jags Mk ll a classic acquisition in Sheffield United's daunting Premier League challenge

He's been round the clock but that makes Jags Mk ll a classic acquisition in Sheffield United's daunting Premier League challenge

PHIL JAGIELKA’S return to Sheffield United was hardly a surprise once news broke last month that Everton were releasing the 36-year-old former England defender. The Blades academy product who made 287 appearances for United before heading to Merseyside is finishing his illustrious career where it all began but the next 12 months could prove to be his most rewarding.

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Sheffield United chief says Blades should have signed Serbian striker Mitrovic and blasts loan of James Wilson as 'very, very, bad'

Sheffield United chief says Blades should have signed Serbian striker Mitrovic and blasts loan of James Wilson as 'very, very, bad'

PRINCE ABDULLAH claims that Sheffield United ignored advice from confidante and club director Jan Van Winkel to sign Serbian striker Aleksander Mitrovic from Newcastle in January 2018 and instead landed Manchester United loanee James Wilson, a move the Blades co-owner described during his High Court battle with Kevin McCabe for full control, as “very, very, bad”.

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WE CAN DO THIS: Sheffield United's fixture programme a reminder there are more of us than them in Premier League

WE CAN DO THIS: Sheffield United's fixture programme a reminder there are more of us than them in Premier League

COMPETING in the Premier League for the first time in 14 years is daunting, especially for a club that was in League One only three years ago. But this week’s fixture release is an encouraging reminder for Sheffield United there are more of us than them in the top flight. Having said that, the Blades need the unique talents of boss Chris Wilder now more than ever.

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McCabe's barrister makes Wilder quit claim as High Court battle for control of Sheffield United gets heated

McCabe's barrister makes Wilder quit claim as High Court battle for control of Sheffield United gets heated

DURING an extraordinary day in the on-going High Court battle for full control of Sheffield United, co-owner Kevin McCabe’s barrister, Paul Downes QC, suggested all Blades worst nightmare – that boss Chris Wilder may quit if Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud wins out.

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Blades chief sensationally disputes official story behind decision that brought striker Ched Evans back to Sheffield United

Blades chief sensationally disputes official story behind decision that brought striker Ched Evans back to Sheffield United

DAILY revelations of the mistrust, misunderstanding and clear dislike between joint owners in their High Court battle to gain full control of Sheffield United, is truly worrying. It seems the left hand doesn’t know what the right-hand is doing, as illustrated by Prince Abdullah’s version of events regarding the re-signing of striker Ched Evans.

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Clear for all to see at Bramall Lane who is letting Sheffield United down and putting successful return to Premier League at risk

Clear for all to see at Bramall Lane who is letting Sheffield United down and putting successful return to Premier League at risk

IT has become abundantly clear after three weeks of High Court embarrassment, and more to come, who is letting the side down. But that is of no consolation to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder planning to reinforce a squad with precious little Premier League experience and the clock already ticking.

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Life after Sheffield United: Bramall Lane favourite Paul Coutts so unlucky not to be sharing Blades Premier League return

Life after Sheffield United: Bramall Lane favourite Paul Coutts so unlucky not to be sharing Blades Premier League return

PAUL COUTTS is immensely unlucky not to be stepping out into the Premier League with Sheffield United. The 30-year-old Scot who has played under three managers at Bramall Lane, was king of the castle until a fateful night in November 2017 when he broke a leg. An 11-month absence eventually paved the way for the arrival of Oliver Norwood who filled the vacuum and led to the announcement earlier this month of Coutts’ release.

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Sheffield United boss in league of his own after leaving Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino in his wake

Sheffield United boss in league of his own after leaving Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino in his wake

IN another remarkable chapter of Chris Wilder’s managerial career, this week he has been named the League Managers Association’s Manager of the Year, ahead of other short-listed candidates including Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino. The Sheffield United boss also collected the LMA’s Championship Manager of the Year award.

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Blades co-owner linked with bid to buy Serie A Sampdoria as High Court battle for control of Sheffield United reveals bitterness of Bramall Lane feud

Blades co-owner linked with bid to buy Serie A Sampdoria as High Court  battle for control of Sheffield United reveals bitterness of Bramall Lane feud

SHEFFIELD UNITED co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is reported by Italian media to be in talks to buy into Serie A club Sampdoria. The news comes as he and partner Kevin McCabe’s bitter feud to win full control of the Blades has been exposed in the High Court where neither of their legal teams have pulled their punches.

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Sheffield United boss struck McGOLDrick and now ex-Ipswich Town striker has chance to shoot Blades back to Premier League against his old club in sell-out at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss struck McGOLDrick and now ex-Ipswich Town striker has chance to shoot Blades back to Premier League against his old club in sell-out at Bramall Lane

DAVID McGOLDRICK’S world has turned upside down this season. Released by Ipswich, he arriived at Sheffield United last summer on a trial. Since then he has played an invaluable part in the Blades promotion bid, scoring 15 goals and is a tireless worker all over the pitch. Now he is shooting for the very top against his old club at a sell-out Bramall Lane anticipating a huge party.

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Norwich boss fears in-form Sheffield United could grab Championship title from under wings of high-flying Canaries if they falter

Norwich boss fears in-form Sheffield United could grab Championship title from under wings of high-flying Canaries if they falter

IT’S biggest match at Bramall Lane since the turn of the century. If second-placed Sheffield United beat Ipswich, it will clinch their £190million return to the Premier League barring an unprecedented mathematical miracle. It will also lift the Blades, if only briefly, to the top of the Championship table and Daniel Farke, boss of pace-setting Norwich City, fears if the Canaries falter, Chris Wilder’s team could win the title.

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Secret summit at Bramall Lane between warring Blades owners in last chance saloon as Sheffield United stand on brink of £190million return to Premier League

Secret summit at Bramall Lane between warring Blades owners in last chance saloon as Sheffield United stand on brink of £190million return to Premier League

CO-OWNERS Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud staged a discreet summit at Bramall Lane, presumably in a last-ditch bid to overcome their differences and find a solution to their bitter power struggle before it reaches the High Court. Now Sheffield United have moved to the brink of a £190million to the Premier League it might be helping to focus minds.

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Sheffield United valiant promotion bid victim of football snobs feeding Leeds United's growing sense of entitlement

Sheffield United valiant promotion bid victim of football snobs feeding Leeds United's growing sense of entitlement

LEEDS UNITED have already returned to the Premier League if you listen to some of the noises coming out of Elland Road. Supported by elements in the national media who believe the top flight needs them. Why, by inference, it doesn’t need Sheffield United is never explained. Football snobbery can only be the answer.

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It's 'massive'! Sheffield United as Blades will Owls to victory at Elland Road with Bramall Lane's Premier League bid heading towards photo-finish

It's 'massive'! Sheffield United as Blades will Owls to victory at Elland Road with Bramall Lane's Premier League bid heading towards photo-finish

IT’S unlikely to happen again in our lifetime but at 5.30pm on Saturday evening Sheffield really will be United. Assuming the Blades beat Millwall at Bramall Lane in an earlier kick-off, city rivals Wednesday can help Bramall Lane boss Chris Wilder’s Premier League dream move a significant step closer by beating Leeds United at Elland Road. A result which will also be good for Wednesday’s slim play-off hopes.

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Shinnie is real deal and Sheffield United would be foolish to reject out of hand Aberdeen captain's reported intimation he would like to sign for Blades. PLUS Have Dons got Jack O'Connell Mkll?

Shinnie is real deal and Sheffield United would be foolish to reject out of hand Aberdeen captain's reported intimation he would like to sign for Blades. PLUS Have Dons got Jack O'Connell Mkll?

ABERDEEN captain Graeme Shinnie, out of contract at the end of the season, has reportedly linked himself to a summer move to Bramall Lane. Whatever the truth in that, ViewFromTheJohnStreet was at Pittodrie in midweek as the Dons beat Motherwell 3-1 and midfield general Shinnie proved to be the real deal. Young defender Max Lowe, on loan from Derby, also caught the eye in a Jack O’Connell role.

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