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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McCabe stuns Blades fans saying he 'hopes' Sheffield United return to Premiership in five years

McCabe stuns Blades fans saying he 'hopes' Sheffield United return to Premiership in five years

KEVIN McCABE will dismay many buoyant Sheffield United fans by revealing he "hopes" the Blades return to the Premier League in five years. For others the co-owner's timescale may sound reasonable given that the Blades have just spent six years in League One. But has anyone dared to tell manager Chris Wilder?

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Sheffield United midfield general John Fleck shows why he's so important to Blades in return to the Championship

Sheffield United midfield general John Fleck shows why he's so important to Blades in return to the Championship

JOHN FLECK is regarded as one of Sheffield United's most influential players. The Scottish midfielder underlined why he'll be so important for the Blades in the Championship by giving a pre-season master class in an encouraging 1-0 win against La Liga club Malaga in Spain.

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Sheffield United midfield stars Coutts and Fleck are just Champion-ship for Blades boss Wilder

Sheffield United midfield stars Coutts and Fleck are just Champion-ship for Blades boss Wilder

PAUL COUTTS, transfer-listed last summer, and John Fleck are set to have the side built around them if Sheffield United clinch promotion to the Championship. Boss Chris Wilder says they are the best midfield partnership in League One and has faith they can step up to the challenge. Meanwhile, John Brayford's hopes of returning from a loan spell at Burton Albion look unlikely.

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