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 Preview: Crystal Palace v Sheffield United

The sides share a very even record in the Premier League head-to-head, with 2 wins apiece.

Last season though it was The Blades who came out on top, completing a league double over the Eagles, winning both games 1-0.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Roy Hodgson’s side after their 1-1 draw with Leicester in midweek.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder though is keeping his fingers crossed for the results from the latest round of coronavirus testing.

United’s clash with Burnley went ahead on Tuesday despite two players and several members of staff testing positive for Covid-19.

The club’s players underwent more testing on Thursday and, although no-one else has shown symptoms, Wilder admitted he would not be surprised if Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace is not able to go ahead.

If it does, the game at Selhurst Park on Saturday is the Premier League’s only 3 o’clock kick off.

Sheffield United’s striking struggles leave Chris Wilder worried

A 1-0 defeat at Burnley ensured they would head into the new year with just two points from a possible 48 this term, in addition to three successive defeats at the end of last season.

The Blades are fighting hard to stay in games, with 11 of their 14 defeats coming by a solitary goal, but at the other end of the pitch there is little cause for cheer.

With just eight goals they are now adrift as the division’s lowest scorers, Burnley having pulled clear with Ben Mee’s winner on Tuesday evening.
Reflecting with a touch of gallows humour on what it might take to arrest that slide, Wilder suggested: “About £30-40million and £70-80,000 a week.”

In the absence of such lavish expenditure in January, it will be a case of tapping into the formula that saw United finish ninth in the previous campaign on the back of 14 victories.

Wilder insisted nobody at the club would be throwing in the towel, despite relegation now already appearing more of a likelihood than a possibility.

Burnley deepen Sheffield United’s misery with 1-0 Turf Moor win

Chris Wilder’s miserable run stretches on into the New Year but the Clarets find themselves cruising away from the drop zone.

Burnley have forged a well-earned reputation of being tough to crack at home, and they were on the front foot early on, as Ashley Barnes tested Aaron Ramsdale.

And with Dyche’s team firmly on top in the first half, skipper Ben Mee nodded them in front before the break.

The Blades tried to make a fist of it after the restart, with David McGoldrick bringing a smart reflex stop from Nick Pope.

But the expected United onslaught never really materialised as they limped to another disappointing defeat.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 1 Sheffield United 0

Sheffield United’s misery deepens with 3-0 defeat at Southampton

Pressure on the Blades boss will continue to intensify in the days ahead as goals from Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond sealed three points for the Saints.

Both teams struggled to settle into an early rhythm on a rainy south coast as Jan Bedranek powered a header wide and Sander Berge’s scuffed effort failed to test Alex McCarthy.

But with a scrappy theme beginning to develop before the break the Saints did edge in front through Adams.

James Ward-Prowse’s free kick was headed back into the box and Adams was more determined than John Egan as he bundled past Aaron Ramsdale.

Not being able to keep Southampton out before the break dented United confidence after the restart as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team went through gears.

Armstrong extended their lead on the hour as his deflected strike trickled past Ramsdale.

That left the Blades chasing shadows in the closing stages as Redmond tucked home a deserved third with five minutes left.

He linked up cleverly with Oriol Romeu on the edge of the box and with no Blades defender tracking his run he confidently slotted past Ramsdale.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 3 Sheffield United 0

Premier League Preview: Southampton v Sheffield United

The Saints have won four in six heading into this one and with United without a win so far this season they will be confident of a positive result.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed he has a fully fit squad to pick from against the Blades and the Austrian is only likely to make limited changes.

Star man Danny Ings netted the winner off the bench at Brighton last weekend and he looks certain to replace Moussa Djenepo in the starting XI.

Blades boss Chris Wilder has confirmed Enda Stevens and Lys Mousset will be fit to return for him with
Max Lowe and John Lundstrum set to drop down to the bench.

Kick Off on the south coast is set for 12pm at the St.Mary’s Stadium

Jamie Vardy snatches 2-1 Leicester City win at Sheffield United

The Blades confidence has taken another major blow this weekend as Jamie Vardy’s added time goal snatched a vital three points for the Foxes.

Leicester were the sharper of the two sides in the opening exchanges as Vardy raced on to Ayoze Perez’s pass and smacked against the post.

But Brendan Rodgers’ side didn’t have to wait too long to secure a breakthrough as Perez put them ahead on 24 minutes.

Marc Albrighton’s cross was only half cleared by the Blades defence and the Spaniard pounced on the loose ball to power past Aaron Ramsdale.

However, despite struggling to get a foothold early on, United immediately conjured up an equaliser through Oli McBurnie.

The Scottish international worked himself an angle from John Lundstrum’s whipped corner and bulleted a header past Kasper Schmeichel.

Chris Wilder’s side looked determined to hold on for a point after the break as they worked hard to extinguish Leicester’s counter attacking threat.

However, despite holding on until the final seconds of the match, Vardy bagged his traditional goal against the Blades.

James Maddison slipped him through on half way and Vardy did want he always does against United and calmly slot home.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 1 Leicester City 2

West Brom secure their first Premier League win in 2020/21 against Sheffield United

Both sides were winless heading into this tie, with a total of 18 games and no wins on the board.

But a first half strike from Chelsea loanee Conor Townsend proved the difference in the West Midlands as Slaven Bilic’s team edge out of the relegation zone.

The Blades were the brighter in the opening stages as Oli McBurnie and John Fleck both wasted early chances.

But with the visitors unable to find a cutting edge despite creating chances, West Brom took full advantage on 13 minutes.

Mateus Pereira’s corner was only cleared to the edge of the box and Gallagher was onto the loose ball in a flash and drilled past Aaron Ramsdale.

But Chris Wilder’s side were quick to react to that as Sam Johnstone produced a fantastic stop from Oli Burke.

It was the hosts that enjoyed the better chances just after the break as Ramsdale was called into action to deny Kyle Bartley and Callum Robinson.

That left the door open for the Blades late on but their familiar lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them again as West Brom hung in for that vital first win.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 1 Sheffield United 0

Sheffield United’s Premier League misery continues as West Ham win 1-0 at Bramall Lane

The Blades remained rooted to the foot of the table, after no wins in nine, whilst the Hammers picked up their first away win since October.

The hosts carved out the better chances in the opening exchanges, with George Baldock and Oli McBurnie forcing early stops from Lukasz Fabianski.

David Moyes’ side did grow into the game before the break, as United began to turn the screw, but Tomas Soucek nodded over their best chance.

The Blades continued to have the upper hand after the break, as David McGoldrick tested Fabianksi, but their familiar lack of cutting edge was exposed on the hour.

Oli Norwood lost possession in midfield as Declan Rice slipped in Sebastien Haller outside the box, and the Malian fired an unstoppable effort past Aaron Ramsdale.

That goal knocked some of the life out of Chris Wilder’s team, as West Ham pushed for a second.

And Rice was inches away from securing the game as his header hit the bar on another frustrating afternoon for the Blades.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 West Ham 1

Chelsea power to impressive 4-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

The result moves Frank Lampard’s team up to third in the table as the struggling Blades lost their sixth game of the season.

Chris Wilder’s side cannot buy a win at the minute, but they started as the brighter of the two teams at Stamford Bridge as David McGoldrick edged them in front.

A quick corner caught the Chelsea back line short after nine minutes and the Irishman reacted quickest inside the box to backheel past Eduoard Mendy.

But despite struggling to get a foothold in the opening stages of the game, Chelsea levelled things up with a lucky equaliser.

Hakim Ziyech released Mateo Kovacic in behind and the Croatian’s clever pass found Tammy Abraham in space at the far post.

But despite the best efforts of Enda Stevens, Abraham’s miscued effort ricocheted into the ground past the flailing Aaron Ramsdale.

However if there was a touch of fortune about Chelsea’s equaliser, the Blues second goal was a horror show from the Blades defence.

Ziyech’s ball into the box was missed by Max Lowe and Ben Chilwell stole in behind to poke past Ramsdale for a quick fire second.

That rapid one two from Chelsea turned the tide after the break as United looked to hang on for a late equaliser.

But with the Blades clinging on in the closing stages, the pressure of Chelsea’s all-star attack eventually told.

Thiago Silva bulleted home a header from another Ziyech cross with 15 minutes to go before Timo Werner got in on the act following another Blades defensive blunder.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 4 Sheffield United 1

Manchester City edge out 1-0 Premier League win at Sheffield United

City were far from their ruthless best against Chris Wilder’s team, but a first half strike from former Blade Kyle Walker secured a vital three points.

The visitors bossed the game in the early stages in awful conditions in Sheffield with Ferran Torres and Rodri bringing the best out of Aaron Ramsdale.

And with the traffic all heading in one direction in West Yorkshire, City edged themselves in front on 28 minutes.

Walker found himself in acres of space outside the box, after United failed to properly clear their lines, and the England international took his time and bulleted an effort past Ramsdale.

City did look to step on the gas after the break, but Ramsdale showed again why he is so highly rated by Wilder with an excellent stop from Riyad Mahrez.

And with City unable to put the game to bed they left the door open for the home side in the closing minutes.

But Wilder and his players were unable to take advantage as the Blades remain winless this season.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 Manchester City 1

Liverpool fight back to secure 2-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

A first half penalty from Sander Berge gave the Blades a fighting chance at Anfield but goals either side of the break from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota secured all three points for the Reds.

Liverpool looked to overpower Chris Wilder’s side right from the off on Merseyside as John Egan cleared Sadio Mane’s effort off the line inside 60 seconds.

But despite struggling to live with Liverpool early on the visitors were handed a perfect opportunity after ten minutes.

Oli McBurnie was caught by Fabinho just inside the box and after a quick VAR check Berge calmly tucked home from the spot.

That goal injected some life into the Blades as McBurnie forced a smart stop from Alisson and Berge fired just wide.

But just as United were second best from kick off, Liverpool produced an equaliser out of nothing just before the break.

Aaron Ramsdale reacted brilliantly to keep out a header from Mane but Firmino stayed alive to cushion the rebound.

The Blades picked up the initiative after the break and Alisson was called into to beat out Oli Burke’s drive.

However, with United unable to turn their pressure into goals, Liverpool showed the clinical style of champions as Jota netted his first Premier League goal for the club.

Mane did brilliantly out wide to twist and turn and stand up a cross into the box with Jota arrived right on cue to power a header past Ramsdale.

United were forced to go for broke in the closing minutes as substitute David McGoldrick fired over the top before Salah wasted a golden chance to make it three.

Full time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 Sheffield United 1