Date: 15th September 2019 at 8:05am
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The Blades suffered back to back home defeats (only the second time in their Premier League history) as they lost by a single goal to Southampton at Bramall Lane. It was a game where decisions went against United with a goal ruled out for offside on the VAR system and club captain Billy Sharp sent off for a late tackle at the end of the game to compound a bad day.

United did have chances in the game but also gave opportunities away in an end to end contest. It could have gone either way but the away side was ruthless to score an excellent individual goal after an error and then United missed opportunities at the death to take home a point.

United made changes with Fleck and McGoldrick in for Freeman and Robinson. Southampton started the game without Nathan Redmond but former Blade Che Adams started.

The game began with the visitors seeing more of the ball and they forced an early corner but they did not create much other than a tame header Henderson fielded. United came out and won a corner of their own but this came to nothing. The game was quite even but the away side were looking more controlled with the ball and Romeu was key to many of their moves.

From a swift attack, the ball fell for Adams who hit a crunching shot that hit the post. United cleared and moments later had an even better chance as McBurnie played in McGoldrick but one on one he hit Gunn when he should have scored. Fleck had two chances with a header wide and then an angled shot off target before Hojberg shot wide at the other end. United had struggled to keep the ball and the Saints then went down the right and the deep cross was headed down and seemingly goalwards by Adams but Henderson made a great save with the ball possibly coming off the post as he saved. It was a real let-off for United.

The next spell saw United keep it better but they could not create any clear chances despite Norwood’s superb diagonal balls nearly putting Baldock in twice. The half time whistle came after O’Connell headed over from a corner.

United needed to play higher up the field and did this in the second half with McGoldrick coming deeper and linking well with Fleck twice. Vestergaard smashed into Baldock and United had a free-kick. Norwood put it over, Egan seemed to miss it or just help it on and McBurnie put the ball in. The goal was given but eventually, after a delay, the VAR system adjudged that McBurnie was offside and for the first time this season a significant moment went against the Blades with the new system.

After this United lost their shape somewhat and Adams shot at Henderson and Boufal went on a run before shooting over. Sharp came on for McBurnie but only moments later the deadlock was broken. Norwood telegraphed a ball to Lundstram and DJENPO seized on it and broke away. Norwood and O’Connell tried to bring him down but he went past both of them and the final man Egan before slotting expertly in the corner. A great goal but really poor defending from the initial pass and the inability to stop the player either by fair or legal means.

Fleck shot wide as United tried to get back in the game but Mousset came on for Lundstram. He instantly got involved having a shot blocked for a corner before Fleck had a great chance blocked and then Gunn saved from McGoldrick. Robinson then came on for Basham as United really went for it. Sharp chased down a Southampton player but his tackle was late and high and he was given a straight red by Mason. This disrupted United and Southampton controlled the final stages. Six minutes of stoppage time were put up and even though Henderson went forward on two set plays, United did not create a further chance and slipped to the disappointing loss.

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7 Replies to “Defeat Means Sheffield United Get This Unwanted Record”

  • Make all the excuses you want United got no attacking quality bought cheap instead of spending on a good striker o look who’s bangin um in at Brighton but then again we have got mcgoldrick freeby from Ipswich

    • Yes I agree with you I think wilder has stabbed Billy sharp in the back we wouldn’t be in the premiership if it wasn’t for his goals ! And when I saw maupay I thought he would fit in with are style of play but I suppose he didn’t want to move North or we was too tight to buy him . Goldrick should be used as a sub look how many chance he had and didn’t convert I recall Duffy back and get rid of lundrum he rarely played last season because wilder thought he wasn’t good enough but all of a sudden he’s the new lamp’s lol I don’t like to criticize wilder but I know how stubborn Yorkshire folk can be and he made a mistake with Duffy and jags was a sympathy buy as if he could run lock O’Connell or bash let’s see what rav can do and the moos if it’s fitness well play them they had two weeks off what they been doing playing candy crush

    • I think that is harsh considering that had United signed Maupay (who I too would have preferred), would have meant that McBurnie wouldn’t have been signed. McGoldrick would still have been in CW plans regardless.

  • Well I listened to the game and we was all over them but as usual there is a view media pundits that are anti blades and vr was wrong the goal scorer wasn’t of side except eda Stevens but he didn’t put the goal in or interfering with play we had a stone cold penalty which wasn’t given var is spoiling the game and is costing points it’s no good saying it will even itself out when we need the points know and sharp was a yellow at best he only just came on and it was a miss timed tackle his toe hit the guys shin pads that is what shin pads was made for tackles like that there was no studs showing and even the Southampton plays didn’t seem to agree with it and it took a piece of brilliance for there goal and I think the striker we bought from Swansea was a mistake maupay would of been better for us his style suits us but no one really wants to move North . I think getting rid of Duffy was a mistake my team would be Henderson O’Connell Stevens and bash and fleck Norwood Freeman and the mous and Billy sharp and Robinson and rav Morrison

    • Wilders answer to people criticism on praise or grumble on mcgoldrick was don’t forget we got him on a free we’ll give him to someone else for free and play Sharpe mousette and Morrisons and give us a chance

  • Needed Ravel on as sub, but he wasn’t even on the bench also agree would prefer Duffy to be here he is was unused sub at Stoke on Saturday

  • Watched the game from start to finish & I like all of you don’t believe in questioning Wilder but I have questioned him a few times over this season & I will continue to do so till he realises his mistakes. Maupay went on record & said he wanted to sign for us but Wilder wanted Oli who will score 5 goals all season if that. I don’t get why he plays Egan as a central hosting defender rather than the overlapping when Jagielka would slot perfect as the man to stay back except for when truly needed up top, Egan & O’Connell either side as the overlapping & Basham on the bench. Fleck & Lundstram are not good enough to start, especially Lundstram over Morrison who is by far our best attacking midfielder & Fleck over Mo Besic who is our best defensive midfielder, I personally don’t see Norwood as a better fit than Freeman either but I do like Norwood though. I am absolutely baffled why McClubfoot gets played over Mousset & why our 2 strikers aren’t Sharpy/Mousset or Mousset/Robinson.. Mousset & Robinson would be the best 2 with Morrison on pitch as attacking mid with Freeman on the other side as both can ping beautiful balls for a speedy Moose or Robbo.. Best X11 is definitely..

    Gk. Henderson
    Lwb. Stevens
    Lcb. Egan
    Cb. Jagielka
    Rcb. O’Connell
    Rwb. Baldock
    Dm. Besic
    Lcm/Lam. Freeman
    Rcm/Ram. Morrison
    St. Robinson/Sharp
    St. Mousset

    Hopefully someone at SUFC takes notes & finally gives the fans what we want

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