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Sheffield United

The Blades are back in the big time - and eager to make up for lost time

General preview 2019/20

A real challenge for the Blades

It's been 12 years since Sheffield United last graced the Premier League and the division has changed almost beyond all recognition since they were cruelly relegated, on the final day in 2007.

The teams at the top are stronger than ever but also the clubs that have established themselves in the top-flight, too, will be a serious proposition.

Add to that a clutch of clubs battling for their lives in the league, and it adds up to a real challenge for the Blades.

Pre-season news

A HIGH-PROFILE WIN AND NEW SIGNINGS OFF THE MARK

Real Betis 0-1 Sheffield United

McGoldrick.

Burton Albion 2-1 Sheffield United

Sharp

Northampton Town 0-2 Sheffield United

Norwood (x2, P).

Chesterfield 0-5 Sheffield United

Sharp x3, Robinson, Freeman.

Barnsley 1-4 Sheffield United

Osborn, Robinson (x2), Freeman.

Reims 3-1 Sheffield United

Robinson.

transfer window

BLADES LOOK STRONGER IN EVERY DEPARTMENT

United are inherently stronger than they were at the end of last season, retaining the core of the group with some additions in key areas. They signed their top targets in goal and upfront, added some Premier League experience in Phil Jagielka and also signed two of the Championship’s most exciting players in Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson. Ben Osborn looks a good signing so far and Ravel Morrison will give that bit of x-factor if he gets his head right.

Rating: 8/10

Rating: 9/10

Dean Henderson

The saga ended when he rejoined on loan last week. Was excellent last season in the Championship.

Rating: 8/10

Oli McBurnie

Wilder’s top striking target. Scored 24 goals last season for Swansea.

Rating: 8/10

Ravel Morrison

What a player this lad can be if he knuckles down. Seems to be enjoying it so far.

Season predictions

BLADES FANS WOULD SNATCH YOUR HAND OFF FOR THIS PREDICTION

I've predicted United will finish 14th in the table this season, and I think United fans would snatch your hand off if you offered them that in their first season back.

I like Wilder's summer recruitment, making the most of his budget, and signing mostly young, hungry players who have a point to prove.

Ravel Morrison is supremely talented and if he keeps his head right, United could have signed a multi-million-pound player for absolutely nothing.