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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Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson heading for Premier League no matter what fate awaits Blades at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson heading for Premier League no matter what fate awaits Blades at Bramall Lane

DEAN HENDERSON is one of the big success stories of Sheffield United’s Championship campaign. The 21-year-old loanee goalkeeper from Manchester United is playing a pivotal role in their promotion campaign. The Cumbrian has struck up a great relationship with Blades fans and boss Chris Wilder would undoubtedly like to keep him. But that is only likely if United are playing Premier League football next season.

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Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson not the only villain at Bramall Lane but Blades loanee emerges with head held high after blunder against Leeds

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson not the only villain at Bramall Lane but Blades loanee emerges with head held high after blunder against Leeds

A MAJOR blunder by England Under-21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson cost Sheffield United all three points against Leeds at the weekend. But the player, who quickly established himself as a Blades fans’ favourite after joining on loan from Manchester United in the summer, has emerged with his reputation enhanced by the way in which he stood up to be counted.

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Should we be so surprised at reality check for Sheffield United as furious Blades boss Chris Wilder threatens changes at Bramall Lane after watershed draw at Rotherham?

Should we be so surprised at reality check for Sheffield United as furious Blades boss Chris Wilder threatens changes at Bramall Lane after watershed draw at Rotherham?

SHEFFIELD UNITED returned from the latest international break and stepped into a maelstrom at Rotherham United which left manager Chris Wilder raging. A 2-2 draw couldn’t mask his and Blades fans’ dismay at the shoddy performance. But should we be so surprised? Now Wilder, who cancelled the players’ Sunday off, is threatening a major shake-up for the midweek trip to Brentford.

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Chelsea do Sheffield United financial favour after £13,000-a-week goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is priced out of market at Bramall Lane

Chelsea do Sheffield United financial favour after £13,000-a-week goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is priced out of market at Bramall Lane

JAMAL BLACKMAN’s hopes of a permanent return to Bramall Lane were dashed this week. Sheffield United were priced out of the market for the £2.5million-rated goalkeeper who has earned £13,000-a-week for the last four years. But his club, Chelsea, may have done the Blades a financial favour as Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson arrived to fill the vacancy.

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