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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Stars are aligning after Chris Wilder master class as Sheffield United earn two bites of the cherry in Premier League bid

Stars are aligning after Chris Wilder master class as Sheffield United earn two bites of the cherry in Premier League bid

SHEFFIELD UNITED headed to Spain for a warm weather training break having ensured two bites at the cherry in a bid to return Premier League football to Bramall Lane. Chris Basham’s winner at Leeds means with eight matches remaining the Blades fate is, for now, in their own hands as manager Chris Wilder demonstrated yet again his uncanny decision making.

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Did Sheffield United make Duff decision in bore draw at Hillsborough?

Did Sheffield United make Duff decision in bore draw at Hillsborough?

WHAT was all the fuss about? A third successive Sheffield derby draw didn’t live up to the hype or the occasion at Hillsborough. But did United make a major mistake by leaving Mark Duffy on the bench? The attacking midfielder whose contribution in the Blades previous visit to S6 has become part of Steel City showdown folklore.

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Season starts here for Owls – Much more than just bragging rights at stake in latest showdown between resurgent Sheffield Wednesday and Chris Wilder's high-flying Blades

Season starts here for Owls – Much more than just bragging rights at stake in latest showdown between resurgent Sheffield Wednesday and Chris Wilder's high-flying Blades

MUCH more than bragging rights rest on the outcome of the latest Sheffield derby, particularly if you are a Wednesday fan. That’s the view of guest writer Andy Elliott, a lifelong Owl and former national newspaper sports journalist who runs his own sports media organisation.

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They're clearly Sheffield's No1 but cool heads and steel hearts needed at Hillsborough if Sheffield United are to get promotion bounce

They're clearly Sheffield's No1 but cool heads and steel hearts needed at Hillsborough if Sheffield United are to get promotion bounce

ANOTHER derby showdown and for Sheffield United undefeated in six matches, third in the Championship table and with high hopes of winning promotion to the Premier League, they don’t come much bigger. But the Blades need to deploy their newly-found skill of game management at Hillsborough to make this one really count.

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Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED have found the last piece of the jigsaw in their bid to return Premier League football to Bramall Lane. Game management, which has so often eluded the Blades this season, came into play at The Hawthorns where they defended a 1-0 first-half lead over formidable promotion rivals West Brom. More of the same and the top flight will look a good deal closer.

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