Sheffield United's chance to stoke fire and send Championship rivals clear message after Derby defeat exposes chinks in Blades armour

Sheffield United's chance to stoke fire and send Championship rivals clear message after Derby defeat exposes chinks in Blades armour

DEFEAT at Derby exposed chinks in Sheffield United’s armour and ended a run of four wins which propelled the Blades to the top of the Championship. Still joint top the visit of newly-relegated Stoke City presents the perfect opportunity to send a clear message to rivals and get the show back on the road at Bramall Lane.

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Room at the top and strike one for ex-Sheffield United talent Brooks, a Premier League ever-present after £12million move to Bournemouth

Room at the top and strike one for ex-Sheffield United talent Brooks, a Premier League ever-present after £12million move to Bournemouth

DAVID BROOKS has scored his first Premier League goal and vindicated the decision to ignore advice from Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder to become an ever-present at Premier League Bournemouth. Six top flight starts for the Cherries is three short of what he made in the whole of the last Championship season for the Blades and new boss Eddie Howe is full of admiration for the 21-year-old Wales international midfielder.

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Sheffield United march on but Blades would be foolish to ignore warning signs as good times flow at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United march on but Blades would be foolish to ignore warning signs as good times flow at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED moves to within a point off the top of the Championship table after a drama-filled afternoon and a 3-2 win at struggling Millwall. It was the second successive week when the Blades, in total command, have conceded two goals against lowly opposition before going on to claim three points. A worrying trait which is being masked by results. But for how long?

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Blades defender Chris Basham's finest hour in Sheffield United shirt as he becomes Mr indispensable at Bramall Lane

Blades defender Chris Basham's finest hour in Sheffield United shirt as he becomes Mr indispensable at Bramall Lane

CHRIS BASHAM is not the most talented member of Sheffield United’s squad and in previous regimes he was regarded by many fans as a liability. But the defender has flourished under manager Chris Wilder, eliminating errors and growing in self confidence to make himself Mr Indispensable at Bramall Lane.

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It's enough to turn Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to drink as big name players like Gerrard cherry-pick job market

It's enough to turn Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to drink as big name players like Gerrard cherry-pick job market

MAKING a name for yourself as a player is difficult enough. Becoming a respected manager arguably even more so. Which is why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder must privately have a wry smile at some of the big-name newcomers who project image over substance to cherry-pick the job market.

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Disappointed Sheffield United boss Carla Ward issues challenge to players after Blades women fall at first league hurdle

Disappointed Sheffield United  boss Carla Ward issues challenge to players after Blades women fall at first league hurdle

IT didn’t go anything like to plan as Sheffield United Women made their debut in the rebranded FA Women’s Championship. The Blades lost 2-0 in a poor performance at home to Durham. Nerves on the big day took hold and earned a rebuke from disappointed manager Carla Ward who issued a challenge to her players.

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Are Blades fans watching a repeat as Sheffield United maul Aston Villa at Bramall Lane and climb to third in Championship?

Are Blades fans watching a repeat as Sheffield United maul Aston Villa at Bramall Lane and climb to third in Championship?

BLADES fans were treated to a fantastic afternoon in the sunshine at Bramall Lane as Championship big guns Aston Villa were thrashed 4-1 and Sheffield United went into the international break sitting third in the table. The same 12 points total and record after six matches last season. Expectation has been raised again after mixed opinion on the club’s summer transfer dealings. Groundhog Day?

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder vindicated as Norwich take dark arts shade too far

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder vindicated as Norwich take dark arts shade too far

IT’S a safe assumption that Norwich City boss Daniel Farke and the sensitive souls who make up his travelling staff are not on Blades manager Chris Wilder’s Christmas list. The Canaries deny they indulge in the Dark Arts even though their continued antics at Bramall Lane suggest otherwise. Now Farke has been outed after going a shade too far.

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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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