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Sheffield United

Sheffield United

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Sheffield United are back in the Premier League for the first time since 2006/2007. The club was one of the founder members of the Premier League (1992/93) and also scored the first-ever Premier League goal when Brian Deane got the opener in a 2-1 win against Manchester United. Bramall Lane, Sheffield United's stadium, is the oldest major stadium in the world where professional football is still played and 2019/20 will see its fourth season of Premier League football. 

The Club

The Blades

  • Stadium: Bramall Lane  
  • Stadium Capacity: 32,609
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Founded: 1889
  • Nickname: The Blades
  • Manager: Chris Wilder
  • Kit: Red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red socks

Sheffield United was formed in 1889 and was one of the founder members of the second division of English football when that division was formed in 1892. The club's glory years were in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when the club won their only Football League Championship (1897/98) and the FA Cup four times (1899, 1902, 1915 & 1925). Sheffield United have played, for most of their history, in the top two divisions of English football but, at times, have also been down to the lower divisions and are one of only five teams to have won all four divisional titles in English football (the other four teams are Burnley, Portsmouth, Wolves and Preston). 

Bramall Lane is the oldest major stadium in world football.

The City

Sheffield

Sheffield is in the north of England, in Yorkshire, and traditionally, is one of the biggest football cities in the UK, although perhaps not one of the most successful. The Sheffield Derby or Steel City Derby, against the 'other' team in Sheffield, is one of the most passionate in the country. As the name of the derby match suggests, Sheffield is famous for its production and development of steel goods such as cutlery (knives and forks). As Sheffield United is based in the heart of the city (Sheffield Wednesday is based in Hillsborough - a suburb of Sheffield) the club probably has more of an affinity with the city's heritage. The club's nickname is the Blades after all!

Sheffield is also home to the world's oldest football club but it is neither United or Wednesday. Sheffield FC was formed in 1857 and play at the eighth level of English football and are officially recognised as the oldest existing football club in the world by FIFA. The club originally played according to Sheffield Rules. Some of the rules and innovations of football that were introduced by Sheffield Rules include:

  • free kicks
  • corner kicks
  • only goalkeepers being allowed to handle the ball 
  • heading the ball

William 'Fatty' Foulke was Sheffield United's goalkeeper the last time they won the League Championship!

The Manager

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder is the manager of the team he supported as a boy and played at as a player.

Chris Wilder took control at Sheffield United in May 2016. The Blades had just finished eleventh in their sixth consecutive season in League One (the third level of English football) and were going through one of the worst spells of their entire history. Wilder who is from Sheffield and is a Sheffield United fan, ex-Sheffield United ball boy and ex-Sheffield United player, got the team promoted in his first season at the helm. After one season of consolidation, Wilder got Sheffield United promoted again in 2018/19, but this time it was to the Premier League. Under Wilder, United have played an attacking style of football which includes central defenders playing as wingers at times. This unique style has suited the team and also won Wilder the League Managers Association (LMA) Coach of the Year Award 2019 beating Manchester City's Pep Guardiola into second place.

Players

Three to Watch

Chris Wilder's promotion squad contained only players from the UK and Ireland but Wilder has since added Lys Mousset, a French forward who has been bought from Bournemouth for a club-record transfer fee. That club record has, in fact, been broken three times since the club got promoted as they have also brought in key players from the Championship (second level of English football). Here are three players to watch out for in the Premier League this season:

Striker

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp was Sheffield United's top scorer last season.

Sharp is in his third spell with the Blades and it's this third spell at the club that has been most successful. The boyhood Sheffield United fan and captain has scored at a rate of one goal every two matches over the last four seasons and has over 100 goals for the club. Sharp and United fans will be hoping his second chance at Premier League football will be more successful than his first. He played only twice for Southampton and failed to score a goal.

Fact

No player in all four divisions of English football has scored more goals than Billy Sharp this century! 

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson is England's under-21's goalkeeper and on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

Henderson will be playing Premier League football for the first time after keeping more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Championship last season. The Manchester United goalkeeper has returned to Sheffield United for a second season-long loan. In his first season at Bramall Lane, the 23-year-old became a fan favourite. Last season he won Sheffield United's Young Player of the Year Award and the Championship's Golden Glove Award. He is currently the England Under-21's first-choice goalkeeper. 

Fact

Sheffield United are the oldest professional team called 'United'. Sheffield 'United' cricket club was formed in 1854 and Sheffield 'United' football club created in 1889. 

New Signing

Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison came through the ranks at Manchester United. In the photo he is in front of Paul Pogba.

Morrison has arrived at Bramall Lane on a free transfer and is one of the few players in the squad with Premier League experience. Morrison was a youth player at Manchester United and was in the same team as Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard when they won the FA Youth Cup in 2011. Since that high point, Morrison who was described by Alex Ferguson as the most naturally talented youngster he had ever signed has played for eight different clubs and despite glimpses of his talent has not yet performed to the level people expected eight years ago. Sheffield United will hope that now is the time for Morrison to show what Alex Ferguson saw in him.

Fact

The beaten finalists in that Youth Cup win for Morrison, Pogba and Lingard were Sheffield United (6-3 on aggregate). 

Last Season

Championship Runners-up

Sheffield United finished second in the Championship last season (2018/19), which secured automatic promotion to the Premier League after a successful battle against Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United. The Blades had the best defensive record in the division and their top scorer was Billy Sharp with 23  league goals.

Prediction

2019/20: 15th

Sheffield United are many people's tips for last place and an immediate return to the Championship. However, we believe in the underdog and think their never-say-die spirit and unique style of football will surprise a few of the more established Premier League teams next season which will be enough to see the Blades stay up quite comfortably. 

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RafaelRC's picture
RafaelRC
31/08/2019
BR
606
points

I didn't know Sheffield United, but I hope they stay on Premier League.

The blades of team shield represent the production of steel, I think. But why this kind of sword? Something about Arabia? And what represents the rose above the swords?


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RafaelRC
31/08/2019 00:58
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
606

I didn't know Sheffield United, but I hope they stay on Premier League.

The blades of team shield represent the production of steel, I think. But why this kind of sword? Something about Arabia? And what represents the rose above the swords?

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
26/08/2019
ZW
1560
points

I know nothing about Sheffield United and its players. I did watch some of their matches. It is a stubborn side. I am not surprised it may finish in the top six.


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ldzingirai
26/08/2019 06:53
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1560

I know nothing about Sheffield United and its players. I did watch some of their matches. It is a stubborn side. I am not surprised it may finish in the top six.

englishman
05/08/2019
DZ
1722
points

The boy and his father it's fantastic


englishman
05/08/2019 19:08
Algeria
Manchester City
1722

The boy and his father it's fantastic

englishman
04/08/2019
DZ
1722
points

I hope for sheffield united that finish in the 3 rd place.


englishman
04/08/2019 11:58
Algeria
Manchester City
1722

I hope for sheffield united that finish in the 3 rd place.

wsanta
31/07/2019
AR
2959
points

I knew Sheffield United when I saw the last Championship. I support by Leeds United, this was disappointing


wsanta
31/07/2019 13:20
Argentina
Liverpool
2959

I knew Sheffield United when I saw the last Championship. I support by Leeds United, this was disappointing

Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019
ES
444
points

Hi wsanta,

Have you been a fan of Leeds Utd for a long time or are you a fan of Marcelo Bielsa? He's a great manager but he couldn't get Leeds promoted last season. Did you know that Sheffield United nearly signed Diego Maradona in the 1970s? I think their history might have been different if they had!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019 14:52
Spain
Liverpool
444

Hi wsanta,

Have you been a fan of Leeds Utd for a long time or are you a fan of Marcelo Bielsa? He's a great manager but he couldn't get Leeds promoted last season. Did you know that Sheffield United nearly signed Diego Maradona in the 1970s? I think their history might have been different if they had!!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

wsanta
31/07/2019
AR
2959
points

Hi Rich
I support Leeds for Marcelo, I love watching their teams, as they always go to attack. I didn't know that about Maradona.
Thanks


wsanta
31/07/2019 18:37
Argentina
Liverpool
2959

Hi Rich
I support Leeds for Marcelo, I love watching their teams, as they always go to attack. I didn't know that about Maradona.
Thanks

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
31/07/2019
UA
3591
points

Hi Rich,
On 28th of September Sheffield United will play against Liverpool, it seems to be a hard choice to you which team to support.
And my congratulations on the Blades’ promotion to the Premier League, I hope they will show a good football and have a great result at the end of this season.


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Liubomyr
31/07/2019 08:59
Ukraine
Watford
3591

Hi Rich,
On 28th of September Sheffield United will play against Liverpool, it seems to be a hard choice to you which team to support.
And my congratulations on the Blades’ promotion to the Premier League, I hope they will show a good football and have a great result at the end of this season.

Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019
ES
444
points

Hi Liubomyr,

Yes, it definitely will be. I'm going to speak a little about this dilemma in this week's podcast! You should watch out for our overlapping centre-backs! Have you heard of that before?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
31/07/2019 12:53
Spain
Liverpool
444

Hi Liubomyr,

Yes, it definitely will be. I'm going to speak a little about this dilemma in this week's podcast! You should watch out for our overlapping centre-backs! Have you heard of that before?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
31/07/2019
UA
3591
points

No, I haven't heard about overlapping centre-backs before, will be interesting to watch how they do that in PL. It seems that players using this tactic may leave themselves exposed at the back; also, it must require excellent stamina, due to the higher intensity of game in PL . So, it won't be easy to use this trick at the new level effectively.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
31/07/2019 15:48
Ukraine
Watford
3591

No, I haven't heard about overlapping centre-backs before, will be interesting to watch how they do that in PL. It seems that players using this tactic may leave themselves exposed at the back; also, it must require excellent stamina, due to the higher intensity of game in PL . So, it won't be easy to use this trick at the new level effectively.

wsanta
02/08/2019
AR
2959
points

Regards


wsanta
02/08/2019 18:07
Argentina
Liverpool
2959

Regards

wsanta
02/08/2019
AR
2959
points

Attacking with centre backs is an idea of Pep Guardiola, as I understand it. In Argentina it used to do Defensa y Justicia of Beccacece.


wsanta
02/08/2019 17:19
Argentina
Liverpool
2959

Attacking with centre backs is an idea of Pep Guardiola, as I understand it. In Argentina it used to do Defensa y Justicia of Beccacece.

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