Crystal Palace deepen Sheffield United’s misery with 2-0 win

Chris Wilder’s side remain on the brink of a record points low come the end of season as Palace ended a five-game Premier League losing streak.

The hosts were clearly the sharper of the two sides early on as Roy Hodgson’s hosts deservedly edged in front on five minutes.

Christian Benteke’s deflected shot ricocheted around the United box and Jeff Schlupp coolly waited for his chance to tuck past Aaron Ramsdale.

That goal failed to spark either side into life before the break with substitute Eberechi Eze waiting until first half added time to make it 2-0.

The former QPR star has enjoyed an eye-catching start at Palace and he dipped in and out of Blades tackles from halfway before bending home past Ramsdale.

Wilder threw on Lys Mousset and Rhian Brewster for the final half hour to inject some urgency into things, but they could do nothing as the Blades took another step inevitable step closer to the drop.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 2 Sheffield United 0

Premier League: Sheffield United v Manchester United

Chris Wilder’s side are rooted to the bottom of the table after a dozen games, six points of adrift of West Brom who sacked Slaven Bilic on Wednesday, and haven’t won a league game all season.

But Wilder isn’t worried for his future despite speculation recently, in a week where he was publicly backed by the club’s owner. He has however insisted the club’s slump is his responsibility and is not shying away from trying to turn fortunes around.

In order to do that, Wilder will be hoping to call upon the services of Oli McBurnie, who will be monitored in the run-up to kick-off after injuring a shoulder in the 3-0 defeat to Southampton. Lys Mousset scored in this fixture last season and is available to deputise, as are Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick.

Jack O’Connell is out for the majority of the season with a knee ligament injury, and one of Phil Jagielka, Ethan Ampadu, Enda Stevens or Jack Robinson will play in Wilder’s usual back three formation.

The Blades boss spoke about his system in Wednesday’s press conference, insisting his players suit the system as pressure to ditch it increases from corners of the media.

In the opposing dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has almost all of his squad available, with only Phil Jones and Edinson Cavani missing. Cavani was described as a risk by the Norwegian, so is unlikely to make the trip to Sheffield.

United are on a run of nine Premier League consecutive wins away from home, and a win would see them become only the fourth side in history to make it ten in a row. They’ll be hoping to stop a run of conceding first on their travels though, as they’ve came from behind in all of their five away games this season so far to win.

A win for Solskjaer would see his side leapfrog Chelsea in the table and keep up the pressure on the front runners as the festive period begins, with the Red Devils also still having a game in hand after their delayed start to the season.

Sheffield United take on Manchester United on Thursday, December 17th. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Premier League: Sheffield United vs West Ham

This time last season, the Blades were sitting comfortably in 13th in the table having taken nine points from their first eight games. Fast forward just over a year and Chris Wilder’s side are having a tougher time of it, propping up the table with just one point.

There have been some signs of improvement lately though, taking the lead against Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks before succumbing to the Premier League powerhouses, while a 1-0 defeat at home to Man City can hardly be considered a disaster.

There’s mixed injury news for Wilder coming into the weekend, with Lys Mousset, John Fleck and Enda Stevens all in with a chance of making the squad after injuries. The Blades boss says he will give the bunch as much time as possible to make it.

Rhian Brewster should be OK after muscular tightness, and Ethan Ampadu is back after missing the game against his parent club last time out.

John Egan was taken off during Ireland’s 3-0 defeat to England last week and was showing signs of concussion, so he’ll be a late call on whether he’ll be involved, while Jack O’Connell is likely out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

As for West Ham, David Moyes says Michail Antonio is back in training after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, and will be given as much time as he needs before making a decision on his selection. Seb Haller is in line to continue in his absence if he’s left out.

Angelo Ogbonna was substituted early against Fulham last time out with a knock, but should retain his place in the Hammers defence on Sunday after recovering.

Andriy Yarmolenko tested positive for COVID while away with Ukraine last week and is expected to miss out while following isolation protocol.

Other than him, David Moyes has a fully fit squad to choose from and is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that edged past Fulham before the break.

Said Benrahma is set to continue his cameo role from the bench as he waits for his first Hammers start, while Mark Noble may join him after recovering from a rib injury.

West Ham can move into the top half of the table with a win, while the Blades will be hoping their first win of the season can move them out of the relegation zone.

Wilder contemplating changes after international break

The Blades have lost all four of their Premier League games so far this season, going down 2-1 at Arsenal in their most recent game.

And with many of their squad away on international duty, six of which started the game at the Emirates, Wilder has spoken of it being the perfect time to ring changes to his starting XI.

The 53-year-old also confirmed Rhian Brewster will be involved against the newly-promoted Cottagers, as he will spend the international break training with his new team mates.

Wilder also confirmed that Ethan Ampadu was unlucky to miss out on the starting lineup against Arsenal, and Max Lowe and Jaden Bogle are pushing for starts when league action returns after the break.

Blades agree to Liverpool’s terms to secure Brewster.

The England U21 star is looking for a move away from Anfield to find first team football and continue his development and would be allowed to move for a relatively small fee with the Blades agreeing to the Mersysiders £40million buy-back clause.

Sheffiled United have kicked off thier Premier League campagin without scoring a single goal and Chris Wilde is desperate to add more firepower to his team ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday.

Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the player but are unwilling to agree to Liverpool’s buy-back demands.

The Blades are also looking at Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca who they believe could be available for as little at £9million.

The 23-year-old has a £40million release clause in his contract but the Spanish club are looking to off-lo ad following their releation from La Liga last season. They will face competiton from Atheltico Madrid however who are favourites to land the player as a potential replacemnt for Thomas Partey who is currenlty linked with a move to team up with fellow countryman Mikael Arteta at Arsenal.

Blades boss Chris Wilder chasing Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster

Following the arrivals of Aaron Ramsdale, Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle and Oliver Burke on permanent deals and Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea, Wilder declared it had already been the best transfer window since he joined the club in 2016.

He wants to do one more piece of business to “complete the set” and a striker is on the agenda. The PA news agency understands that Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster is Wilder’s number one target.

The Blades have held talks with the Premier League champions regarding the England Under-21 international but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has yet to make a decision on the future of Brewster, who spent the second-half of last season on loan at Swansea in the Championship.

“It will most probably be the loan market and we are waiting for dominoes to fall elsewhere. There is another one to complete the set, hopefully coming sooner rather than later, but if we have to wait then the wait will be worth it,” said Wilder.

“That’s the one we are speaking to at the moment. But there’s players on our list, whether they are loan or permanent, and like everybody, there’s a pecking order on that one.

“We’re confident that we can get the one that we want and if not we’re confident that there will be other players that will find Sheffield United an attractive proposition and they will be within our budget that we’ve had and the owners have given me.”

On the quartet who have already arrived at Bramall Lane, Wilder said: “Pound for pound when the window is shut and the players are in place, I will be delighted.

“I’d say that it has been the best transfer window we’ve had in my time at the club. We’ve had to be patient and there has been a lot of hard work done.

“But getting the other one is important. That will take us up to 25 players for the squad and complete our business.”