SHEFFIELD UNITED'S HONEYMOON OVER: Promising start to Premier League return but it's only sustainable if Blades heed warning signs at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED'S HONEYMOON OVER: Promising start to Premier League return but it's only sustainable if Blades heed warning signs at Bramall Lane

MOST Sheffield United fans at the start of the season would have happily taken nine points from the first eight Premier League matches. An average that if continued will more than likely ensure Premier League safety. But there is another side to to that statistic. On what we have seen so far that model looks unsustainable unless the Blades address warning signs head-on.

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THE UNLIKELY 'LAD': Sheffield United striker's fairytale chance to stop Liverpool and grab worldwide fame on Premier League debut at age of 34

THE UNLIKELY 'LAD': Sheffield United striker's fairytale chance to stop Liverpool and grab worldwide fame on Premier League debut at age of 34

UNLIKELY as it seems Sheffield United’s unwanted striker Leon Clarke had the opportunity to bring Liverpool’s 15-match unbeaten run to an end in front of the Kop at Bramall Lane on his Premier League debut at the grand old age of 34. Instead of grabbing his moment of global fame Clarke is now set to return to the shadows. But what a story that would have been.

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Sheffield United boss Wilder offers wise words for keeper Dean Henderson after Liverpool gaffe as Blades fans back Old Trafford loanee to get a grip

Sheffield United boss Wilder offers wise words for keeper Dean Henderson after Liverpool gaffe as Blades fans back Old Trafford loanee to get a grip

DEAN HENDERSON faces the biggest challenge of his young career to come back from the goalkeeping gaffe which presented Liverpool victory at Bramall Lane and undermined Sheffield United’s hopes of at least holding the European champions to a draw. The 22-year-old loanee’s hopes of becoming Manchester United’s No1 are already fading. With England manager Gareth Southgate watching in directors’ box on Saturday as he prepares for another round of European Championship qualifiers, Henderson’s immediate hopes of a full England call-up also appear to have hit the buffers.

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Blades must learn home truths but latest home defeat only rids remaining doubts that Sheffield United really belong in Premier League as lucky Liverpool struggle to cope at Bramall Lane

Blades must learn home truths but latest home defeat only rids remaining doubts that Sheffield United really belong in Premier League as lucky Liverpool struggle to cope at Bramall Lane

A THIRD consecutive home league defeat but are Sheffield United fans despondent? No. The Blades have consistently been value for money and none more so than against European champions and Premier League leaders Liverpool. Undone only by a goalkeeping gaffe that undermined a performance which demonstrated to any remaining doubters why United belong in the top flight. Even so, they need to learn their lessons – and quickly.

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No one is bigger than the club says Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah as he breaks cover with national TV interview

No one is bigger than the club says Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah as he breaks cover with national TV interview

PRINCE ABDULLAH finally revealed himself to Sheffield United fans for the first time after assuming full control of Sheffield United. He talked to Sky Sports about his thoughts for the future in an impressive performance. Crucially, the Saudi pledged that boss Chris Wilder will always have the final say on first team matters.

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Sheffield United's Kevin McCabe architect of his own downfall in kamikaze tactic to rid Blades of triumphant Saudi prince

Sheffield United's Kevin McCabe architect of his own downfall in kamikaze tactic to rid Blades of triumphant Saudi prince

KEVIN McCABE was floored by a knockout blow in the High Court when Mr Justice Fancourt ruled that he must sell his 50 per cent shareholding in Sheffield United to Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, giving the Saudi full control of the club. It’s a sad end to McCabe’s 25-year involvement at Bramall Lane but the ultimately the lifelong Blade has only himself to blame after launching a kamikaze bid to rid the club of his royal partner.

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Sheffield United fans' worst fears let slip by Tony Currie who quits Bramall Lane Board in disgust after Prince Abdullah wins full control of Blades

Sheffield United fans' worst fears let slip by Tony Currie who quits Bramall Lane Board in disgust after Prince Abdullah wins full control of Blades

TONY CURRIE let slip a real fear behind the scenes at Bramall Lane that manager Chris Wilder might quit following the takeover awarded to Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud by a High Court judge. Currie, voted Sheffield United’s best player of all time, quit his seat on the Board in protest at the fate that has befallen co-owner Kevin McCabe, ordered to sell his 50 per cent shareholding to the Saudi for £5million.

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Frustration for Billy Sharp who still has so much to give Blades in Premier League if given half a chance

 Frustration for Billy Sharp who still has so much to give Blades in Premier League if given half a chance

BILLY SHARP’S Premier League experience has become a frustrating one. The Sheffield United striker has played just 44 minutes of the season so far is yet to start. A predicament he might not have envisaged after coming off the bench at Bournemouth on the opening day of the season to score the Blades first top flight goal for 12 years and rescue a point. He hopes to remedy that against former club Southampton at Bramall Lane.

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John Egan's week just got even better after Sheffield United boss reveals plans for the Republic of Ireland defender

John Egan's week just got even better after Sheffield United boss reveals plans for the Republic of Ireland defender

JOHN EGAN returned to Bramall Lane after captaining the Republic of Ireland in Dublin for the first time to hear more good news. After what he described as the “proudest moment of my career” in Tuesday night’s 3-1 friendly win against Bulgaria in Dublin, Blades boss Chris Wilder revealed that Egan is regarded as a future club skipper.

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Captain Blades: Sheffield United fans in remarkable city double act played in front of the nation

Captain Blades: Sheffield United fans in remarkable city double act played in front of the nation

EX-BLADE Harry Maguire and his fellow Sheffield-born sportsman Joe Root achieved a remarkable double act which almost slipped by unnoticed. The Sheffield United fans captained England at football and cricket simultaneously at the weekend, Root in the Ashes battle with Australia at Old Trafford and Maguire towards the end of a 4-0 European Championship qualifying win against Bulgaria at Wembley.

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Spirited Sheffield United put shift in but continue to arrive late for work and they will be punished

Spirited Sheffield United put shift in but continue to arrive late for work and they will be punished

A SOLID start to the Premier League campaign has flown in the face of those critics who had written off newly-promoted Sheffield United before a ball had been kicked. A 2-2 draw at Chelsea confirmed that apart from the very top teams the Blades have little to fear. Providing they can abandon a first-half apprehension which is making life more difficult than it should be.

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Sheffield United's dramatic fightback at the Bridge hasn't convinced Chelsea boss Lampard but he is damned impressed by Wilder's Blades

Sheffield United's dramatic fightback at the Bridge hasn't convinced Chelsea boss Lampard but he is damned impressed by Wilder's Blades

SHEFFIELD UNITED’S sensational recovery to leave Stamford Bridge with a point came as no surprise to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who, 2-0 up, issued a half-time warning. Lampard is mightily impressed with the Blades but he’s not convinced the over-lapping centre-back system which has powered United from League One to the top flight in three seasons, will survive the rigours of the Premier League.

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Sheffield United defender's latest deployment goes under the radar as Blades boss Chris Wilder looks for more attacking options

Sheffield United defender's latest deployment goes under the radar as Blades boss Chris Wilder looks for more attacking options

JOHN EGAN established himself last season as the mainstay of Sheffield United’s defence, justifying his then club record £4m-plus signing from Brentford as the Blades won promotion to the Premier League. Now it appears he has been handed an additional role which has flown under the radar.

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"I'm not here to appease fans," says Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder who nonetheless appears to have taken step back from surprise condemnation of players

"I'm not here to appease fans," says Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder who nonetheless appears to have taken step back from surprise condemnation of players

CHRIS WILDER caught most fans unawares with his condemnation of Sheffield United’s performance in their first defeat since returning to the Premier League. Whilst unhappy with the 2-1 reverse at home to Leicester City, there was consensus for a solid Blades performance, punctured by a simple error and an unstoppable strike. But were United really as bad as the picture painted by the manager?

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What's the secret behind transformation of man taking Sheffield United's Premier League season by storm?

What's the secret behind transformation of man taking Sheffield United's Premier League season by storm?

JOHN LUNDSTRAM is not a player Sheffield United fans expected to be taking centre-stage in their Premier League assault. Indeed, it’s a surprise he has featured at all. The 25-year-old midfield man has often divided opinion at Bramall Lane but not anymore, Two stellar performances for the Blades, capped by scoring the match-winner at home to Crystal Palace during his finest display in a a red and white-striped shirt, have changed all that.

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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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