After a bad return for Sheffield United since the Premier League got back up and running, which has seen them only pick up one point from a possible six against Aston Villa and Newcastle, many have been discussing their prospects for the rest of the season.
Phil Neville has waded into the chat about the Blades, who many were tipping for a European charge, but he thinks the last two fixtures have been a bit of an eye opener for Chris Wilder’s men.
“Chris Wilder has performed miracles, the players have performed miracles – they are above Spurs, they’re above Arsenal, they’re above Everton and they have come back and they’re not at the same level as they were before.
“The intensity is not there, they’re not creating the same chances. I thought the game was pretty even, Newcastle probably had the better chances earlier in the game but it was pretty even.”
After reading these comments, some of it is hard to disagree with, like the fact that they have performed miracles and the fact that they sit above some great teams in the division which highlights how successful a campaign they have had after many were predicting them to go down after only getting promoted to the Premier League last year.
However the intensity was lacking from many teams on their return, it is not just the Blades who have struggled to get going upon the restart. Indeed, even Liverpool did not look at their best as they failed to score against Everton on Sunday (BBC Sport).
Despite the result against Newcastle, Wilder’s men still have the joint-second most clean sheets in the league whilst conceding the second least amount of goals, via The Premier League and until John Egan’s sending off they hadn’t conceded a goal in one-and-a-half games against Villa and the Toon.
The Blades face Manchester United next, so will need to be at their best if they want to pick up any points, and hopefully with two games played, they will be looking a bit sharper for the match.
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