Following last nights defeat to Manchester United, Sheffield United broke one of the worst records in football. This record is that they have had the worst start, not just in the premier league, but in all English top flight football ever!
So what has gone wrong for the Blades? After last seasons albeit surprising finish, what has happened to the side so that they find themselves in this situation? How can such a positive become a negative.
For a start, the fans have been a huge miss for the Blades, having only won a total of three league games since fans have not been allowed in stadiums. The Sheffield United faithful have a huge effect on how the team performs, and until fans are allowed back into Bramall lane, Sheffield United will continue to struggle.
A large portion of their games this season have ended up with Chris Wilders men losing by one goal, and lots of these games they have opened the scoring. The early loss of Jack O’Connell has been huge, as a mainstay in the side last season and one of their best defenders, and the lack of one of the three centre halves who form the base of Wilders system has made the side look weaker in defence and in attack.
However, I don’t think Wilders system is an issue, as still nobody has figured out how to stop the 5-3-2 formation the Blades employ. They are still solid defensively and don’t struggle with creation of chances, and the work rate the players show almost every week is exemplary. So what is the issue?
During last nights game against Manchester United, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial all had slightly too much for the Sheffield side, and after Sander Berge went off inside the first 10 minutes Pogba made the centre of midfield his own. Blades fans will be hoping that Berge is not out for too long, as he has been their best player so far this season.
Whilst the Bladesmen have struggled so far this season, the results will come with time. They may not be able to top last seasons performance, but great escapes are not uncommon in the Premier League. The Sheffield faithful will be hoping for a great second half to the season, to stave off the well-known second season syndrome.
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