Sheffield United
Sheffield United – State of the season
Justin Osman
71 days ago
Sheffield United have enjoyed a fabulous return to the Premier League following promotion last season and have Europe in their sights.

Where they stand

A 1-0 win over fellow top flight newbies Norwich left the Blades seventh in the table before the ongoing hiatus. Under normal circumstances that would be good enough to qualify for the infant stages of next season's Europa League, assuming a side above them claims the FA Cup.

Of course, this is hardly an ordinary season but while they were still performing and picking up points, Chris Wilder's small squad maybe finding the break timely ahead of the mad dash to complete the campaign.

What's left to play for?

A top six finish can be backed at 13/5 and they have chances to pick up points against teams in and around them with Tottenham, Wolves, Chelsea and Everton all still to visit Bramall Lane.

They are also due to take on Aston Villa and Southampton so have plenty of opportunities to improve their Premier League position, while they are also set to host Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals, providing Chris Wilder's side with a nice distraction should they need one.

Best game

The Blades' best game of the campaign undoubtedly came against another United, the Manchester variety, on November 24.

Wilder's side had enjoyed a strong start to the season and went into this fixture knowing a victory would see them move into fifth, above Wolves after Nuno Espirito Santo's men had beaten Bournemouth 2-1 the previous afternoon.

Goals from John Fleck and Lys Mousset put the Yorkshire side 2-0 up before the hour against an ailing Red Devils who lacked direction.

However, a crazy period of between 72 and 79 minutes saw Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial put the visitors ahead, only for Oli McBurnie to grab a dramatic late equaliser.

That 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane could arguably qualify for the Premier League's game of the season, let alone just the Blades'.

Star man

A collective effort has been key to Sheffield United's success this season and they've needed to be resilient, netting just 30 goals in their 28 games to leave themselves with the sixth-worst attacking record in the Premier League.

In contrast, they have the second best defensive tally with 25 conceded and the back three of Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O'Connell all deserve a mention. However, it is the man behind them, goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who has been Sheffield United's star man.

Henderson is in the midst of a second straight season on loan from Manchester United and despite having not yet made his senior England debut, was being tipped as a potential Three Lions' starter at Euro 2020.

The 23-year-old's future is uncertain beyond 2019-20 but having kept 10 clean sheets from his 27 games, the second-best in the league behind Burnley's Nick Pope, there is sure to be plenty of interest if Man Utd decided they do not want him back as number one.