Roy’s End Of Season Awards

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A look back at some of the brilliant, beautiful and bitter comments from our first season back in The Premier League…..

Most Arrogant Fans: NORWICH CITY

(Last years winner: West Brom)

Ah, Norwich. So excited and confident when they kicked off the season, The Canaries from Carrow Road ended up being relegated with the 6th lowest points tally in the history of The Premier League. They didn’t start too bad though and the day after they recorded a 3-1 home win against Newcastle in their 2nd game of the season, they turned their attention to The Blades first win of the season as United beat Palace 1-0 in a game shown live on Sky Sports:

“to me they  look like a championship team playing in the prem”

“I think Sheff had no problem picking up points against frankly rubbish bottom half Champo teams but raising their level against prem teams every week will be too much.”

“if you look at the summer signings Sheffield does have the look of a club building for a play-off spot next season.”

“Sheff U are going to be hard to beat but are a pretty horrible side – over the top challenges all the time, not overly great to watch.  I’d much prefer our ‘style’ over theirs but good luck to them I suppose!”

“Still think Sheff U will struggle. This is as good as they can play I reckon & they struggled. They certainly wanted it more than CP but I feel their, er, robust style may cause them problems in the end.”

“Sheff Utd fans are completely delusional if they think their attacking play is as good as ours – there is no contest whatsoever! They’re pretty robust in defence, I’ll give them that, but that was a very poor Palace side so even that isn’t much of a compliment.

Both looked Championship to me. I’ve got no worries watching that, not exaggerating when I say that I think that’s quite possibly the worst game I’ve ever seen in the Premier League quality wise.”

“There is no Pukki, Buendia, Vrancic, Hernandez, Cantwell, Drmic etc at Sheff Utd as far as I can see, or am I missing something? Time will tell of course, but I’m confident that our focus on attack, and a quality one at that, rather than defence will prove to be more successful in our attempts to staying up this season – sure, we’ll take some beatings along the way, but I don’t think they have enough quality up top to surprise too many teams like we possibly can. “

By October United had been making steady progress whilst Norwich were already in the bottom 3. A 1-0 victory for The Blades at home to Arsenal did little to dent the confidence of the Norwich faithful though:

“They really aren’t very good though. They are exceptionally well drilled and good at defending but Arsenal were pathetic in the last third (had their final ball not been a joke they would have won that) and I will still be disappointed if we finish below Shef U.”

“They’re only 6 or 7 injuries away from being in the shoite.”

“Hate the feckers”

By the time the first meeting of the season between the two came around, The Blades were sitting in mid table with Norwich still in the bottom 3. The confidence of the Canaries fans had been knocked but some felt the tide was about to turn:

“think we stand a fairly good chance. This season the table still hasn’t settled after 15 games with 8 points between us in 19th and Sheffield United in 9th.  We still don’t really know who our relegation rivals are going to be although you’d have to assume Watford. To give Sheffield their credit, whilst only winning 1 in the last 6 they’ve drawn 4 so defensive solidarity should be enough. Bournemouth have won 1, lost 4. We’ve won 1, drawn 1, lost 3. Still so much to play for and all the teams are struggling for consistency. “

“.Who is to say we can’t beat Sheff Utd on Sunday and so have got eight points out of twelve in the last four matches, which would be good premier league form”

“Win Sunday and you’re 5pts behind Sheffield United who already have enough points to stay up, apparently”

“They are media hype. They’ve done good, but it’s nothing new or remarkable”

“Buendia will sink Sheff Utd on Sunday”

The Blades won that game 2-1 but Norwich fans were not impressed:

“Our style of play was always going to be more difficult in the prem.”

“First half we showed how shit Sheff United actually are! They turned the heat up second half and we didn’t have a clue what to do. They played 8 at the back with 2 strikers and somehow scored 2….. moral of the story, were shit and we’re going down? Need to invest”

“What makes it even more annoying is that Sheffield United are not particularly good. They don;t have better players than us they are just better drilled, dare I say it better coached and seem to have a hunger that our team has lost this season”

“Sheffield United weren’t even good and they’ve beaten us comfortably”

“Sheffield Utd, not great (but better than us)”

“Sheffield United and Southampton were nothing special but we are making it far too easy for teams to score against us”

“We should be beating teams like Sheffield United, Watford, Brighton, Southampton etc. It’s not good enough.”

“Sheff utd are dirty fuckers”

““They’re not even the biggest club in their own city. Certainly doing very well at the moment though.”

By the time of the return fixture The Blades were pushing for Europe and Norwich sat rock bottom. There was still hope though:

“We have had 5 separate goal scorers over the last two games. Beaten 2 ‘top 5’ teams and kept a clean sheet. Our Keeper has just delivered a stunning performance in goal on global TV, saving penalties.
The force of momentum is built on these aspects, and I can see us getting a result come Saturday against a team that schooled us a few months ago.
We have just gone two games unbeaten, and the team are champing at the bit with superb support behind them.
Are the footballing gods slowly turning towards us?
Momentum! Are we at last putting something positive together?”

“A few bumps on the road, but we’ve been playing better for a while now. The dice has started to fall in our favor. It just “had” to happen at some point. There is a real psychological benefit to winning a couple, and even more so if you defend well. Just be a little more confident and it’ll be a bit easier to concentrate, be more resilient to setbacks, a bit more intimidating to the opponent.
Sheffield will now face a team that has recently beaten Leicester and Tottenham.
I wouldn’t want to play against a team that has recently beaten Leicester and Tottenham”

In fairness to The Canaries, The Pre View From before that particular game was extremely respectful. Unfortunately normal service resumed after our 1-0 win:

“The replay clearly showed there was no contact on McBurnie – it was pure cheating to add to the thuggery the ref completely ignored. If you want to watch a team like them you’re welcome to Robbie, but I never would. The ball was 80% over the line but just wouldn’t go in. Have we had any luck go our way this season?”

“The blades team is full of thugs. Two double-footed, off the floor tackles from Fleck unpunished. What the f?”

“I have an irrational hatred of them. I accept there is no real reason – just can’t stand them.”

“Two football players I can’t stand… Billy Sharp and Dean Henderson… so arrogant with no class. Of course they would be the two to rub our noses in it today.”

“A lot of their fans have never ever gotten over that game a few years ago. A real chip on their shoulder.”

“Norwich snd Sheff Utd have a lot in common, both got promoted and trying to stay up by doing things the right way (one more successfully..) yet their fans have this really weird hatred of us because we beat them once 3 years ago and wasted some time. Really odd”

“One of my least favourite grounds after the three of us were offered a fight outside the stadium after we beat them a couple of seasons ago. Yes I’m sure a couple in their ‘50s with their autistic son would be up for some mindless violence… Bizarre!”

“Horrible place, horrible fans who seem to revel in their neanderthal image. Charmless all round”.

Even after their relegation was confirmed, a few Norwich fans still couldn’t resist a dig at The Blades:

“Sheffield United, Excellent season and fair play to them, but it’s going to go wrong, probably sooner rather than later.”

“Be interesting if they struggle next season, which is incredibly possible.”

“We could be waving at them as we return next summer and they go the other way.”

No away day europa leuage trip to Barcelona for them it seems, unlike what thier fans have been saying the last few months.

I did call that I fully believed they would get found out at some point, and other than the high of beating Chelsea it does seem to be slowly going that way.

“Anyone else feel second season syndrome might hit them hard? Full credit to Wilder for getting them were they are, very impressive even more so quite a few of thier players have been with them since their league one days and all, but I still think they are a somewhat ugly Burnley/Stoke style”****house team.”

“Still one of my favourites to go down next season”

“Sheffield United are the latest ‘That Championship club’ that routinely surprises the Premier League with a unique tactical take on things for a year or two, are the media darlings and everyone thinks it’s brilliant they’re challenging for Europe. There then comes a time where inevitably they will try and evolve as the league works them out and they can’t keep it going.See Stoke and Swansea for the previous incumbents of this role.”

“Next season will be very interesting for them to see if they avoid that second season syndrome that most clubs suffer.”

“If they don’t keep Henderson they will struggle bug time. It will be very hard for them to find a keeper of similar quality within their budget..”

Most Respectful Fans: LIVERPOOL

(Last years winner: Blackburn Rovers)

Some may say it’s easy to be magnanimous in victory but Liverpool fans really did their club proud with their comments about United across the season. Even as earlier as our first win against Palace The Reds were full of praise for The Blades:

“fantastic atmosphere at Bramall Lane”

“Been impressed with Sheff UTD, with the analysis from experts like Danny Mills I thought they were a hoof ball team, couldn’t be more wrong, they play some nice stuff and break fast and in numbers including the centre backs.I reckon these could stay up as they will provide the other smaller teams massive problems, they may take the odd thrashing but along with Norwich I have been impressed.”

Liverpool had a 100% record when they came to Bramall Lane in September but their fans were still wary:

“We are due a shock defeat. We are also due to thump a team at Anfield. Could this be one of those?”

“this could be a tricky game ..s united are playing well .. and we would be a big scalp for them”

“tricky game”

“Will be a tough game, they are a decent outfit and played really well at Chelsea a few weeks ago.”

“They have had a good start to the season and would love to try to show what they can do. We have become a bit of a target as teams want to measure themselves against us. I expect this to be harder than we might imagine, and we will have to battle before the quality differential becomes apparent.”

“I’ve seen bits and bobs of them, they defend well as a unit and not afraid to attack aggressively when the opportunity presents itself. No star players really jumping out, but their GK (Henderson, on loan from united) is v good.”

““The 3-5-2 is an interesting wrinkle, most of the ‘defend to survive’ promoted clubs are more likely to play a 4-5-1 trying to clog their entire defensive area with as many bodies as possible, and make every game tedious. Sheffield United choose a space to give up (midfield width) in order to have a little more sting.”

The Blades narrowly lost that game and afterwards Reds fans knew they had been in a game:

“Hardest 3 points we’ve got so far this season”

“we’ve been in a game here today.”

“Great performance from Sheffield United. I didn’t expect that” “Even as a Liverpool fan I can say harsh result for Sheffield United. If they keep up that style they will gave A LOT of the “top 6” some scary days.”

“Not many are gonna win at Bramall Lane”

“They have a bit of Yorkshire grit in that side and will be tough to beat for any visiting side especially the top 6 because they will play like this today”

“to be honest that’s probably a harder game than some aways against other top 6 sides.”

“We won’t be the only team at the top to go there and struggle this season. They’re much like Wolves of last season, but without the goal threat of Jiminez.”

“They were superb and with a very loud crowd behind them.”

“Felt like the biggest test ever and we overcame it”

“Sheffield deserved something from that, we are VERY lucky.”

“There is no way in hell we deserved 3 points”

“We were very lucky here. Shef United fair play! Big fan of Chris Wilder.”

“Hats off to Sheffield they’re not pretty but one tough nut to crack.”

“Full credit to Sheffield United, that’s the hardest game we’ve played in a while. They were so well organised and hard working.”

After our win against Arsenal , Liverpool fans were again lauding United:

“Shows how brilliant we are that we came away from Bramall Lane with the win, very tough place to go now but we found a way to win, Arsenal get beat, says it all.Fair play to Sheffield United, they are giving it a right go.”

“If they keep this up, a lot of teams will struggle there. Really tough to beat.”

“Arsenal are dog muck, but tonight shows just how hard earned our win at Bramall Lane was.”

“A Yorkshire football crowd is pretty vocal, difficult places to go, these southerners look shellshocked.”

“The atmosphere is deafening, Id hate to be an away side going there in the middle of February when it’s freezing”

Our 3-3 draw with Man Utd also saw Liverpool fans purring:

“Sheffield United are mentality monsters themselves, they’re a band of absolute warriors. For a promoted side to show so much mental fortitude is unbelievable, God knows what Chris Wilder tells them. Game of the season, for me.”

“He probably tells them they were brilliant when they were brilliant and tells them they were shit when they were shit. Doesn’t hide behind press officer or try to con the fans. It’s how it used to be.”

“No lies!!! They’ve been our toughest opponent this season and were really unlucky to lose to us. Chris Wilder deserve massive credit.”

“Chris Wilder is one of the best managers ever, fam he got my hometown promoted with some dead wood players”

“John Fleck was arguably the best player on the pitch against Manchester United, he’s been the most underrated midfielder in the Premier League this season”

“Mousset is good aswell”

After all the praise Liverpool fans had given us, it was no surprise that they were tentative when they came to face us at Anfield iat the start of the New Year:

“another toughie. only a bad goalkeeping error allowed us to beat them earlier in the season.”

“I assume a lot of cryo therapy will be needed to recover for this one. Sheffield will be another tough opponent.”

“another tough game against a very impressive sheffield united, caught us all out. 3 points please by hook or by var, i don’/t care.”

“This will be a tough game.
Sheffield Utd are well drilled and honest.
Just get the job done and move on.”

“A tough team to beat (i like them) but a new year, new decade and new dawn of LFC dominance so we should get the win”

“Tough one this, important to get an early goal in this one I feel.”

“Another big, tough game but again thankfully at home.
I think it will be another win for us, and most likely another nervy finish.
I expect Milner, Origi and Keita in for this.”

Even after a comfortable 2-0 win, The Reds were still very respectful of United and, in particular, Chris Wilder:

“That was about 1000% more comfortable than I was expecting, which shows the quality of our team rather than showing up Sheff Utd, who we know are a good side. We utterly dominated them, probably the most commanding performance from us I’ve seen this season, and at no point was I worried it wouldn’t be our night.”

“Good team, good manager Sheffield”

“even when you watch us totally outplay them, you know why they are so high in the table. The last game when a side was battered by us and somehow still in the game was Leicester. “

“That was one of the easiest games of the season. I like Sheffield Utd and their manager but they didn’t want any part of us tonight. “

“Anyone see Wilder sit down at one point with his head in his hands?I laughed seeing it, then I felt totally sorry for him. “

“They are a great side for a promoted side and he seems a good bloke but we just sucked the life out of them”

“Wilder is the most classy manager in the league after Klopp. Respects quality when he sees it.”

“Deserves manager of the season if he gets top 8”

“Chris Wilder is a football genius. But to go with it he has humility and respect for a great football side when he sees one.”

“I have never praised an opposition manager but I have a lot of respect for Wilder and his achievements with very limited resources I like him as much as I dislike moaningho the real idiot”

“Huge respect to him and Sheffield, all the best for the rest of the season”

“New found respect to him and Sheffield. Hope they do well and finish in Europe.”

“Absolutely impressed by Sheffield United and what Chris Wilder got from his players. He gets them to play with the passion and pain at losing that he showed towards the end there. We don’t need to hear words of praise from him about our performance which may come anyway, because it was all about their defensive work and spirit. This guy is a worker of minor miracles.”

“Massive respect to them. Any other team today and the score line would have been humiliating.
Defensively very very solid. Hopefully they can take points of our title rivals.”

“Chris Wilder is a breath of fresh air. I think he realised we’re the only side this season his team could not out-work. They’ve won a lot of points on grafting alone.”

” Dean Henderson is future star. Pitty, he is owned by the manure”

“Their fans were reasonably funny at times, our champion of Europe, champions of the world etc. was meet with, champions of league 1 , you’ll never sing that.
Robbo walking past them when he was subbed they started chanting, England, England, England. Even Robbo laughed.
Probably the easiest game we have had effort wise I guess, just totally dominated them. They had a couple of chances late on but it was a stroll really. “

“All the best to them for the rest of the season”

Just before lockdown I took a look at what fans were saying about United’s season so far and once again we saw Liverpool fans singing our praises:

“I’m a bit in love with this Sheff Utd team.”

“The definition of hardwork, organisation & preparation. You dont need to have the most expensive players to compete in this league, you just need players that know their jobs & give 100% each game. Full credit due to all players & staff at the only decent “United” in the league!”

“Exceptional job, really like Sheff U and Chris Wilder. Seems great team spirit and a load of neat and tidy players. More power to them “

“Met a couple in Turkey last summer and they both thought SUFC would do ok but most likely get relegated. For them alone I’m over the moon for this side. And by the way, so much more than just a well organised defensive team!”

“Would love to see Messi turn up for a Champions League game at Bramall Lane.”

“Wilder has done it with a largely Championship level squad, and a few good additions. Meanwhile, the likes of Hodgson are whinging about no signings and battling relegation, when they’ve got more than good enough resources to be comfortable.”

Funniest Fans: Spurs

(Last years winner: Sheffield Wednesday)

Realistically Sheffield Wednesday win this award again for their latest string of woeful predictions but to make things interesting I have gone for Spurs. Way back in 2015 they gave us some great comedy quotes and they were back again this season with new material. Here are some of my favourites from the season:

“Sheff Utd gonna dick us in our own back yard”

“Buzzing for us getting battered by Sheffield United”


Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen, Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen”

“heard from an Arsenal fan that you you cant beat sheffield this time of year”

“The one thing I feel most comfortable predicting is that I won’t enjoy watching the game and afterwards will wish I had done almost anything else.”

“I honestly can’t go to games this season unless I’m absolutely battered, the only way the stress doesn’t make me cave one of the jobsworth stewards heads in”

“Good news if you have an umbrella under 1 metre , you can take it to the game at the weekend”

“Every one has beaten this Sheff Utd team since the restart… yet we submit like a cheap whore on a good tip”.

“Mourinho and Levy are useless as varicose veins to a wooden leg!”

“Not felt like this since I saw the exit poll last December.”

“It’s not all doom and gloom we are only 8 or 9 quality signings off challenging for the league next season!”

“Typical fudging Tottenham. Seen it a million times over the years. Show up to a tough away ground in our nice pale blue kit. Look nice and tidy on the ball and get turned over because we have fudge all backbone.”

“The referee is a wanker. Looks like he pisses sitting down.”

Shout out in this category to Bayer Leverkusen simply due to my awful attempts at trying to decipher German using google translate after the signing of Retsos:

“Someone in the club has to whisper in Peter’s ear that Retsos was already a regular here at 19. In his eyes he is probably just some talent that has been hurt forever and is of no interest.”
Utterly fudging shameful to lose like this because in a million years, they aren’t 3 goals better than us and on the night they haven’t been 3 goals better than us”.

“The boy is good, wide awake. Will prevail.”

“He is a trained IV and is primarily used in the AV positions.”

“His passing us strong, he is duel strong.”

“He played his part um … solidly. It’s ok .. with the many racing pigs in the league that need to be raged, he has to sort his legs first.”

“He is 19 and just out of the A-junior age; still has eggshells behind his ears and understands hardly a word of German here”

““He can do something with the ball. Presented a very neat re-launch of the Greek.”


(Last years winner: Norwich City)

It’s not often that you can call a team mardy after they have beaten you but Manchester City really did not like the way we played against their superstars. Maybe we should have seen it coming. After our first home win I was greeted with this on the City board:

“In the premier league and can’t even fill their stadium. What an absolute pub team”

In fairness to City, pre-match in both games against them this season didn’t suggest that there would be any issues as they delivered some respectful and even wary views. Even after the first game, a 2-0 defeat for The Blades, there were only a few murmurings from the blue side of Manchester of what was to come:

“In contrast to the Blades manager, Espirito for Wolves is pure class. Handles some tough questions with aplomb.”

“Annoying commentary on my stream constantly trying to big up Sheffield despite their lack of shots on target they were very unlucky etc.”

“Loads of coins thrown by their fans, I don’t know what they were so worked up by.”

Really though there was nothing to make us think that Manchester City had a problem with us. Then came the game on the 21st January. A 1-0 win for City did nothing to alleviate the sense of injustice felt by their fans:

“Hard fought win against a load of clogging wankers.Remember why I prefer wednesday now”

“Remind me of Stoke when they first got into the prem. hugely physical and aggressive and not what the majority of the leagues players are used to..
They will however get used to and prepare for their style. Will struggle in a season or two imo”

“Not much quality otherwise against an team intent on kicking us as much as possible.”

“Bunch of cloggers.
Hard faught win. “

“workman like performance, lucky not to pick up injuries”

“sums up the state of this league when Sheff Utd were 7th coming into today, absolute shite”

“scumbag sheffield ****s.”

“Sheff Utd play shit 80s football”

“like watching Wimbledon circa 80’s”

“Utd were dismal, what a poor style of football they play.”

“I despise Sheffield Utd fans
I despise Sheffield Utd players”

“Another set of no nothing nobhead fans in the Premier league. See Stoke, Burnley or Wolves”

“Hate them vile team and fans and press keep saying how great they done against us they had 2 shots on target over the the two games give over.”

“Don’t know who was more shite. Jesus, Sterling or the entire Sheff Utd team.”

“Sheffield United attempt to kick us off the park was embarrassing, Wilder is another dinosaur.”

“They really are a team in Colin Wanker’s mould.”

“Great result against a set of thugs sent out to rough us up, fucking Neanderthal tactics,Wilder has taken the mantel of Warnock for me”

“A carbon copy of Sean Dyche”

“Wilder talking shite about pushing us, saying he thinks our fans agree.
I agree they pushed us alright, they pushed our nerves to the limit with neanderthal tackling meant to maim!”

“They are down next year. Wilder is Mark 3 of Bassett and Warnock. Norwich play to entertain and win and they will ultimately prevail when Sheffield are back in the lower leagues.”

“Wouldn’t mind if sheff united fall apart tbh, bunch of cloggers with backwards fans. Also, wilder has a very punchable face.”

“Lost all respect for them tonight.”

“Pathetic set of fans as well – loveed in when our players bassed the ball and ept it for so long that their fans had to give up shouting handball at every touch – as i said – pathetic”

“awful team,beats the shit out of me how they have so many points on the board…”

“One of the dirtiest teams I’ve ever seen and I would imagine they will get relegated next season when the novelty factor wears off.”

“Hope they dont win another game and get relagated”

“It’s the first time I’ve really paid any attention to them, the home game I expected us to win and to be honest it was a bit of a piss up.
the new Burnley I guess.”

“game was just as expected, playing Burnley version 2, long ball and at times overly physical.”

“If that lot are 7th the Premier League must be shite. Utter garbage. Mason is a cheat”.

“Good win against a well organised, very physical team playing with 12.”

“Mason couldn’t give it to them, but he tried his best. “

“Usual disgusting cheating officiating by Mason. Club needs a new dossier on him to have him removed from our games as he is the same in every game we have him”

“Mason was shit,equal bookings i think,they set out to cripple eric and whoever else they could,vile club”

“They booed the ref, doesn’t get much more blinkered than that. Except for Liverpool fans of course. “

“The actually think they’re hard done to lol”

“We wasn’t great, but a good battling performance against a bunch of dirty bastards.
We’d see red for them tackles.
Commentary was atrocious, I bet you could watch that on SUFC own channel and it wouldn’t be as biased as that.”

“tin pot club…..nobhead fans…..Wednesday shit all over them”

“Have they stopped kicking us yet?”

Yeah, me neither. Just to show that there were hard feelings, following our 2-1 win against Bournemouth they had this to say:

can’t believe how they keep grinding out results they are utter shite”

“They are dire”

“Sheffield United really are shit, Fleck aside”

“Absolute Sunday morning stuff.”

Most Knowledgeable Fans: MANCHESTER UNITED

(Last years winner: Huddersfield Town)

Manchester United fans ran Liverpool close in the most respectful category but they win this award simply as they were the most well informed fans of what The Blades were about this season. More so than most pundits in fact. Here are list of quotes from various points of the season that show they are worthy winners of this award:

“Have to say I really enjoy watching Sheffield United play.
It’s not passing around for passing around sake (unlike their opposition tonight who wanted to get their possession stats up in last 20 minutes). They can knock it long when they want to but they are also capable of playing good quick touch football when that is required and they don’t get enough credit for that. It won them several corners tonight and eventually they scored from one.
Reason 3-5-2 is effective is they actually make it work overloading in corners of the pitch and play quick 1-2s that give their wide players space.
A very nice team to watch and think I’ve said consistantly this season they’ll stay up as to me they have more grit than Norwich who are too easy to score against.”

“Very good performance last night. They restricted Arsenal to bits and bobs and always looked more likely to score even though they didn’t have that much possession.
So much to be said for both defending and attacking in numbers, and mixing it up. Stevens is a real threat down the left and the two centre halves wide of the middle man get involved in the attack too. “

“They are a good side and aren’t bad to watch at all. The “pundits” who keep lazily calling them basic and long ball clearly aren’t doing their jobs. “

“It’s the first time in a really long time that a newly promoted team have come up and introduced a tactical innovation to the league.”

“One of the best managers in the league, no doubt about it in my mind. ”

“Got a very British team who put the work in but also have a bit of quality here and there. Wilder has done an absolutely fantastic job thus far, and even if they finish 17th he deserves the manager of the year award.”

“Sheff Utd are so good tactically. Wilder should be in the convo next time any English club mgmt job is mentioned. I’m convinced no job is too big for him”

“At times it’s like they have 12 or 13 players on the pitch!”

“Souness referring to Sheff United as a throwback seems a bit lazy and disrespectful. Think they might be the most tactically innovative team in the league and playing good stuff.”

“They arent a set piece team. Chris Wilder is a great coach and the overlapping CBs is extremely innovative. Have a lot of time for their style of play.”

“Without at all wanting to seem patronising, I’d love to see us send more young prospects on loan to them if it was something their management were interested in.
The way Henderson has been allowed and helped to develop there has been exemplary. It just seems to be a well run and well coached club and a place I could see lads like Laird or Mejbri thriving in their development.
Unfortunately for us, I think they have probably outgrown that now and will be looking to entice their own prospects and stars, rather than develop them for clubs they’ll rightly be”

Most Depressed Fans: LEICESTER CITY

(Last years winner: Middlesbrough)

Despise being on a poor run of form, Leicester city were third when they played us with just 3 games to go. The attitude of their fans however would have made you think they were in a relegation battle to stay out of the The National League. Luckily for them The Blades cheered them no end by losing 2-0 at The King Power.

“I will be utterly amazed if we win this. Toothless bottle jobs vs. possibly the grittiest, most determined side in the division. After the Manchester clubs I couldn’t think of a worse team for us to face next. “

“You can see confidence is completely shot .Will be genuinely lucky to get a draw from this”

“As far as I’m concerned its a nailed on Sheffield United win, we don’t have it in us to react, and we don’t have it in us to pick ourselves up. We’ve not done it so far this season since the shit hit the fan, so why now? How many “wake up calls” do we need to kick start our form? Three absolute horror shows to finish on and we will lose all three, and we will lose badly too”

“Based on this weekend’s performances, this could get ugly. However, when is football ever predictable.”

“We are not going to have an easy game against the blades. They are a formidable opponent on their day!”

“These are too good for us, their players are fighting hard for a good finish”

“Not a chance we beat these lot. Come on, they’ve got everything we don’t.”

“This one could be embarrassing, which will teach me for giving my Sheff Utd supporting Mrs so much shit about how we are better than them. “

“I see them winning this by half time. This side can’t take pressure. Sheff United will be all over us. We will crumble. It’s happened every time this season. “

The “We Didnt Know You Cared So Much” Award: SCOTLAND

(Last years winner: Hull City)

We all know that the Rangers and Celtic divide runs deep but the genuine hatred of Oli Mcburnie from half of Scotland took me by surprise at least. Dont worry Oli, we love you:

“Boos for McBurnie as his name was read out. Good, the rat.”

“hate Oli McBurnie, and scoring for Scotland won’t ever change that.”

“The only thing in the world as ridiculous as Oli McBurnie’s beard is Oli McBurnie playing up front for Scotland.”

“Dear Oli McBurnie, Please stop strutting about like you own the joint – you’ve not earned it. Ps. Pull your socks up. Love, The whole of Scotland”

“Oliver McBurnie is the type of guy who shows up to play 5’s in a pair of 400 quid boots, wearing aftershave and refuses to take his turn in goals.”

“Think there’s nobody in the world I hate more than McBurnie. Hope some big Russian breaks every bone in his body”

“£20m doesn’t get you much in football these days”

“A poor mans Steven Fletcher”

“Mcburnie getting the full 90 mins tonight is ridiculous, if he is the striker that we rely on over the next few years then we are well and truly screwed”

“Awful footballer”

“Andy Robertson in possesion looking for Salah coming short or Mane over the top. Gets Oli McBurnie”

“Oli mcburnie is one of the worst players iv ever seen”

“Mcburnie is honestly the worst player in that Scotland squad. Has zero outstanding qualities. Total pile of shite !! Leigh Griff 50% fit is twice the player !!”

“The guy can barely control the ball. His passing is shambolic & his ability of the ball is just as bad.”

“Mcburnie is the worst starting striker Scotland have had in my lifetime. His price tag doesn’t change that.”

“Oli McBurnie being an international striker pretty much gives me hope that I can still be whatever I want to be in life. Just can’t decide between rock star, great novelist or pro golfer. I reckon I’d be about as much use in any of those roles as he is playing for Scotland.”

“McBurnie is absolutely horrific. Never want to see him play for the team again.”

“McBurnie being worth £20 million tells you a sad story about where modern football is as a sport…mercy wept”

“20 million for your man McBurnie Sheffield United got mugged off”

“Sheffield Utd fans need to ask questions of just why their club would spend that much on someone so poor. Brown bags and motorway service stations is all I can think of.”

“Sheffield Umited actually paid 20 million for mcburnie hahahahahahahahahah”

“£20m for McBurnie?? I’d be asking for £19.5m of that back!”

“Who ever sanctioned 20million for mcburnie needs to have a look at themselves waste of space”

“Going by the English football market, Sam Cosgrove must be worth £40million. He is twice the player of Ollie Mcburnie. Whoever sanctioned £20million for him needs locked up and never let out in civilisation again. He will probably score the winner now.”

Here’s to next season!

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View From Southampton

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“Bit of a nothing game, good to get a win”

“Great end to the season and feels strange having nothing to moan about”

“Very good reaction in the second half after a poor first half. Hope we can take this into the new season.”

“A fantastic run to end our season”

“W5 D3 L1 since restart. Don’t think any one would have put money on that.
Great finish to the season, let’s take it into September.”

“Great match to end the season”

“Very satisfying end to the season. Next season can’t come quickly enough.”

” a Top 8 starting line up with Top 5 cohesiveness, but it’s not yet a Top 8 squad.”

“I love the team!!
It’s almost better for us to be a bit below par in the first half. Those Ralph half time team talks must be legendary.”

“589 passes to their 155 (73% possession). Wow!”

“Romeu just can’t help himself. 3-1 up, 2 minutes left of the season and he’s slide tackle scissoring someone.”

“Lucky for us that the ref was slack”

“A great come back win. We were lucky not have ended up with only a draw or even a loss had SU taken the chances we gave them.”

“thank fuck Sharp didnt have his thinking cap on”

“Robinson made a great tackle for them”

“Sheffield certainly were a stubborn unit and what’s really pleasing is that Ralph kept us at it. We didn’t let that match fade away into some sort of meaningless pre season friendly Type game”

“United just couldn’t be arsed 2nd half.”

“We actually finished on -9 GD”

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West Brom Fans Views On Callum Robinson

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“I think there will have been two lists , one if we go up, one if we go down, I think Robinson may have been on both….but would be more likely in the champ ,possibly as our main striker ?
It’s great he danced a bit and got drunk etc ….but that doesn’t mean we should spend millions on him”

“I’m not so sure about us not signing Robinson. Look at his celebrations and and when asked about his future Livermore side whispered “be careful” to him”

“And his reaction at the end of the match he reacting like one of us rather than just a loan player”

“I’m all for making these signings permanent.
They’re a joy to watch.
Robinson has become a real fans favourite – never seen a loan player look so happy.”

“Took the words right out of my mouth. Hope we can get him for next season.”

“I’m hoping we keep Robinson ,he proved me right a revolution up top”

“Could’ve won the league by miles if we’d played Robinson up top since January”

“Robinson, Krovi and Pereira announced today on permanents and I think that would just top it all of wouldn’t it?”

“All the loans played for the shirt, make them all permanent”

“Dear Sheffield United,
Robinson is the worst winger I’ve seen at the Albion. You need to give us Robinson in exchange for Oli Burke, a much better winger.
Regards, everyone at West Brom.”

“love his enthusiasm”

“We look dangerous with Robinson. Some actual mobility for a change.”

“I really rate Robinson”

“been inspired by Robinson”

” like watching prime r9″

“It’s pretty 50/50 on whether we’ll sign him permanently I reckon but it’s a pity Callum Robinson hasn’t played as a striker already given how much we’ve struggled there this season. A bit of pace up there can do a lot for a team.”

“On Robinson it’s a tough one because only a handful of games since joining in jan he’s performed/at £8million I think it needs to be thought out/not be rushed into we need an out and out goal scorer and they are not hard to come by he might one to keep on the back burner”

“Robinson is a good squad player for LW/ST and could do a job now and then. If we’re planning just to build a squad that can be competitive for the premier league and championship if we go down his age is ideal. If it’s staying up or bust maybe not”

“Robinson cuts inside too much and runs into congestion”

“I think he’s too lightweight”

“Get rid of Robinson. Get rid”

“Not good enough”

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Pre-Match View From Southampton

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“And so to the last game, with the luxury of it hardly mattering. Who’d have thought it after 12 games (was it 8 or 9 points?) or after a certain Friday evening in October?
I’ll admit to having been slightly nervous on the restart to get to safety, with 40 maybe the target, but now 50 is totally possible and I hope we get there, not only for the total but to finish the season on a 7 match unbeaten run and carry the positivity and momentum into next season.”

“That away match at Utd feels like such a long time ago. Almost a different season.
A great relief winning that one. This one will just be fun. “

“I hope it will be a competitive game and Danny gets his hat trick. Let’s give Billy Sharp a very warm Saints welcome back to St.Marys. He did a job for us when he was here and for that we should applaud him. Three more points on Sunday then it’s off to the Costa del Calshot for a well earned break!”

“I had been looking forward to this as an end of season fixture hoping we’d be safe, and the prospect of a warm reception and ‘thank you’ to Billy Sharp.”

“We did that at Bramall Lane in September – sang his song when he was on the touchline warming up, and he came over and applauded us for it.
Then he did us a massive favour by inexplicably getting himself sent off late in the game. He’s still a Saint at heart.”

“When the fixtures were announced I was looking forward to this game and giving Billy Sharp the send off he deserved, shame we’ve been robbed of that opportunity.
We know what a well organised side United are, and with their mixed form since lockdown it could go either way. A win would be great for momentum but I’d settle for a draw and cement 11th place for the little extra bit of prize money.”

“The way they play should suit us, playing out from the back. Wonder if they’ll go full on 2010 Stoke like Bompey did.”

“They’ve had a great season but they’re still beatable, and hopefully they’ll have eased up by then. Still the age old problem of our home form against solid teams sitting back.”

“Not a lot to play for, Sheffield United have been very good at the back all season and tend to keep things tight, but hopefully this is an open game with plenty of goals to give Ings the chance of grabbing a couple and get the golden boot.”

“Can see a high scoring game, 3-2 to us…maybe them. Dunno
Nice to be able to enjoy the games at the moment. !”

“Heart: We’ll smash them 4-0, end on a high!
Head: We’re at home mate..”

“Sheff Utd are where everyone thought Southampton would be with decent investment. Fair play to Chris Wilder”

“No denying Sheffield United have had a good season following promotion, especially as I’d guess a majority of people (me included) had them relegated again, but it’s crazy to think we are one win away from finishing just two points behind them. “

“If the restart is anything to go by, the Blades could be well down there with Palace, Brighton and whichever of the bottom 4 no hopers somehow stays up”

“We win and could finish 11th on an upward trajectory, they lose and end up 10th on the downward trajectory.
If it works out like that, let’s hope it’s an indicator for next season as we cross paths.”

“to think we can still finish 11th and only 2 points off Sheff Utd who’ve had a miracle season and been in and around the top 6 for the majority of it! Crazy times”

“Sheffield United have got £5 million to play for because with the easy fixtures Arsenal and Burnley have got, anything less than a win for the Blades will almost certainly see them drop 2 places. I don’t know whether this means their owners will be offering them a special win bonus as an incentive.”

“Ironic that if we beat Sheff United on Sunday we would finish just 2 points behind them, when you consider how well they’ve done and they’ve been flirting with Europe all year that tells you how well we’ve recovered this season”

“11th place is at stake in our epic battle with Champions League chasing Everton! “

“Get 11th, finish above Smegerton, get 50+ points, remain unbeaten since lockdown, end the season on a high.
And the golden boot isn’t completely out of reach yet…(probably is for Long)”

“Every season when the fixtures are released, I find myself looking at the last game to see how winnable it is, should it come down to another relegation decider. Thankfully this is a relative non-event although it’d be nice to finish above Everton and their half a billion quid’s worth of dross.”

“Hope the crowd behaves so the players can do the lap afterwards.”

“If Southampton beat Sheffield United it will be the first time in their Premier League history that we have got 18/18 points from promoted sides.”

“A lot of teams will have similar ‘what ifs’ so these things even themselves out over the season. We are about where you’d expect a club of our size to finish: 12th. This is our 22nd top 12 finish in our 43 seasons in the top flight. Leicester, a similar-sized club, have had 21.
Our recent form indicates that we could do better next season. We are making good progress for the first time since Koeman left in 2016. Ralph is a great manager, who has inspired both the players and the fans. The aim next season has to be to qualify for Europe again, either through our league position or by winning a cup. It’s about time, we won another one and it looks like we might have the right manager and players to do it. “

” folks at the early season fans forum said they would be happy if we ended up 13th. Going to be a tough act to match this next season.”

“Should be looking to improve on it, not simply match it. Imagine if we played like we have since November for the whole season!? Only 3 more wins in the beginning of the season when we weren’t playing 4222 would have seen us competing for a European place.”

“a few more tweaks and i dont see why we cant do a wolves or a sheff united next season. i’m excited”

“Sheff United fans need to enjoy this. Makes me think of our lot a few years pushing the top six. Sadly I think many will be poached and they’ll struggle like we did”

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The Pre-Season Predictions Of Sheffield Wednesday Fans

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It was in May 2018 that I first posted a collection of pre-season predictions made by Sheffield Wednesday fans. Back then The Blades had just finished a creditable 10th in our first season back in The Championship and it was great to look back in hindsight at just how wrong the Owls fans were about our chances, team and manager.

As I posted the original ‘Pre Season Predictions From Wednesday Fans’, the next installment was already being written. Once again the Wednesday fans were absolutely sure that The Blades would struggle and that the season before had been a flash in the pan. Once again their forecasts were proven wrong by Wilder and the team as United secured automatic promotion to The Premier League.

I wondered after that season whether that would be the final chapter in the ”Pre-Season Predictions From Wednesday Fans’. Surely they would just keep quiet now and be a little more humble. A little more tentative. More measured. Less brash.

Luckily for us, this wasn’t the case……

Once again taken from the popular Sheffield Wednesday forum Owlstalk, here are the Pre-Season Predictions Of Sheffield Wednesday fans for the season 2019/20:

“I’m genuinely interested if he’ll set up to play the same as last year. When you see the pace that Liverpool are playing at tonight they’d get utterly embarrased playing that way. “

“They’ll be losing in games no matter what system they play – they are currently the weakest set of players in the premier league. Any current premier team would take the current pig team to pieces Obviously i expect them to strengthen – but can they strengthen enough to keep them out of relegation trouble? I don’t see it tbh”

“They will get torn a new one. Not because of their system, but the fact that they lack quality players at this level.”

“I really can’t see that they have anyone at all at the moment who can consistently play premier football”

“Wilder has a choice to make… so far he has had his success with british players. But in the prem!? For a start would cost far more than they have, the brit players they have now, plus the ones they can afford will take them down. Plain an simple.. The only chance he has is a bit of a foray into the cheaper foreign market.. now will his managerial skill set work? Wen they first went up i thought they would stay up… but right now i just cant see it.”

“They’ll have a good squad when they come back down but these are not players that are going to keep them up.They are in for a tough season”

“They’re miles off being a competitive premier team imo”

“Could be very conceivable that the pigs are gonna have a worse squad than us and they’re in the Prem!  Hope we get them in the cup. “

“I hope should we ever get back up there, we actually try build a squad to survive and get to mid table rather than one to prepare for a Championship promotion push in later seasons. How much Premiership experience does their squad have? Genuine question. Jagielka, Sharp – anyone else? I’d be pretty concerned”

“Its almost like they are trying to create a average mid table championship squad.   They do realise they went up to the premiership and not from league 1 to the championship??? “

“I wasn’t laughing at his signings in league 1 and 2. I thought they were astute most of the time.  Im laughing now because these players are about to get ripped a new one by some of the best players in the world.”
“I wouldn’t swap their squad for any that Chansiri has assembled since he’s been here.”

“Out of the pigs side I’d put Norwood and Egan in our starting 11”

“Can’t see where the goals are coming from. They’ll go down”

“Is that back 5 good enough for this level? Have my doubts, but time will tell.”

“Not strengthening at the back will cost them.”

“As mentioned before the defence does look low on quality and numbers for the Premier League”

“They did well last season but I’m not sure any of those defenders are Premiership quality.”

“Unless they make major improvements to their defence they’re going to struggle, there is no way they will out score enough premier league teams to survive.  They’ve had some tremendous luck over the past two seasons, you make your own i suppose but they will need a boat load more to stay up.”

“Seriously though.. Their defenc is weak for PL. Egan is the best and he’s not exactly the best defender in the Championship. Seems like they’re also relying on that kid from Man Utd coming back on loan. He’s a decent keeper but very young and raw. That could be their downfall. They’d be better paying a few mil to get a more experienced keeper in.

“They will be relegated before the end of March”

“For me utd will finish bottom, I don’t care what anyone says about don’t speak to soon, it’s just my honest evaluation there defence will get run ragged and they haven’t got the attacking threat of Norwich.  If i was holding a grudge with them being pigs I would say they are only going to get 15 points”

“The only two teams I think will struggle for sure are Utd and villa.  I know villa spent a lot of money but most of it was on players they previously had on loan in the championship and unknown entities, And I don’t think Utd have got the right players to keep them up. I think mcburnie will be a good long term signing but will he keep them up?  Nahhh”

“can’t see anything but a relegation scrap – unless they perform the kind of major surgery on their team that they just don’t do”

“If McSue loses the legal case Wilder will be on his way !! It looks as it could be a interesting season again at bumhole lane. “

“Can see Wilder getting sacked fairly early on though. After all this spending its not going to take much for the owners to become impatient, especially with what is pretty much a championship standard squad. “

“We stopped them last season easily. If teams do the same then wilder already proved last season that he does not have a plan b, shock and awe is his only tactic. Against much better players and tactically astute managers, hopefully will cause many troubles for them”

“All this pashun and effort will mean fizz all in Premiet League. They can’t punch above their weight forever.

“Surely they know none of their players have Premier League class? Surely?”

“They need a new team IMO”

“Just read on twitter that’s £37m on 3 strikers, and I’ve only heard of one of them. Relegation next season and the crash has the potential to be wonderful. “

“I would be concerned if I were them.They have signed decent Championship players but apart from Jagielka no one with previous Prem experience.I don’t get all this money they are spending. Surely it would be better to go in for the likes of Carroll, Welbeck, Sturridge? I know they would all demand big wages but they would save a transfer fee as they have all been released “

“Can’t wait to see O’Connell go past Kyle Walker on the overlap and then not get the ball. Lol”

“Don’t worry, They’re coming down.  Cant wait to see O’Connell going on the overlap against the likes of Kyle Walker”

“Having Chris Basham starting week in week out next season will be embarrassing for him, there’s only so far being a hard working pro will get you before you start to look silly”

“Still don’t see where they get 3pts from? Maybe Norwich at home. McBurnie isn’t near being a PL striker imo. “

“15 pts maximum this season, and that’s at a push! “

“You know what, i might just have a little flutter on the Porcine Scrubbers on having one of the lowest ever points totals in the EPL. my prediction 21pts. “

“Their manager’s magic will run out next season. He’s done a cracking job so far but he’s believing his own hype now and with the players he’s bought and the team he’ll have, he’s effectively brought a Vauxhall Corsa to an F1 race. They could beat Derby’s record lowest points total though – you can look forward to putting that on their ‘Honours’ board. “

“they look like they’ll go down with a record low points total. I thought they’d struggle when they came up from the pub league though so I really hope I’m right this time.”

View From Everton

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“Great win as Sheffield have done well at home.”

“tonight’s game was even with not much in it. We probably had the better moments of quality so if one team deserved to win, it was us.”

“we didn’t create loads, but they created virtually nothing”

“Nice win. Pretty stress free and some reassuring performances”

“Weird game that. We weren’t terrible first half, but the passing was awful. Seemed like nearly every pass in the opponent’s half was rushed and either underhit or overhit with a couple of exceptions. You could also see the lack of confidence with the midfielders tending to always take a first touch backwards to buy a few seconds on the ball, when if they’d got their head up their was space to move forward in to.
The goal seemed to completely turn things round confidence wise though. You could suddenly see some energy and some crispness in everything they were doing.
They never looked like scoring really and Keane and Branthwaite dealt with everything really well.”

“Just shows when the effort is there you can get the 3 points without firing on all cylinders.”

“That is definitely the most I have enjoyed watching us this season. Whilst the first half was a bit boring, we gradually started to work them out and then in the second half we were by far the better team. The goal (great header) seemed to settle the lads down and almost all of them started playing some decent football.”

“If we wanna be taken seriously and aim for that top four then our away form has to improve significantly. With Carlo here I’ve got every faith we can challenge for that quite soon.”

“good win but that’s not a top six performance”

“We’ve clearly been the better side and they’re fighting for Europe. This is the best display from us since the Derby. Obviously it’s nowhere near good enough long term, but at least they’ve kicked off their flip flops and put their studs back on. “

“Just coming into form when the season’s over and nothing matters anymore”

“You really set a low bar if you think that was coming into form , yes it was three points but it was a sub mid table performance.”

“funny thing is they have a wonder maybe once in a season thing with 14 wins,we have been bad and we have had 13 wins”

“Ref was a joke”

“They were reaching pulis levels of blatant fouls”

“They are thugs”

“Baldock should have been off. “

“Norwood went straight into Richy’s standing leg with his studs”.

” If anything I’d say foul on Richarlison. Norwood is first to the ball by a wide margin and Richarlison’s momentum carries him into Norwood. The league gets softer by the week now it seems”.

“Never a foul let alone card for Norwood”

“Henderson is GROSSLY overrated by the media. Bigging up another young English goalie for their eventual sacrifice it seems”

“Wilder said he shakes his head when he sees the subs we can bring on. oh no it’s Anthony Gordon and 31 year old Seamus Coleman.”

“I shake my head when I look at our bench too.”

“Just a full on nark,said his team deserved to win (0 shots on target )compared budgets and was generally a misery with the female reporter ,considering he wasn’t bothered about Europe he needed to tell his face that”

“Always found Wilder to be a bit of a egotistical prat. That interview hasn’t changed my mind.”

“Wilder is a blert.”

“I thought Wilder spoke well, he spent nowt and we spent a fortune yet they are higher in the league.
They could of got 6th we havnt been near that for a few seasons”

“Everton have won two away matches during a post-lockdown mini-season scenario for the first time since Ayegbeni Yakubu caused the entire north west region to shut down with his sheer physical presence.”

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Pre-Match View From Everton

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“E V E R T O N, we’re Everton and we’ll be Everton forever, what an utterly depressing thought.
2 games to go and then we can put this utter eyesore of a season to bed.
Up next are the boys from Sheffield who have performed above and beyond this season and find themselves knocking on Europe’s door, good luck to them. “

“Make it stop.”

“another step closer to the season being over”

“Going to attempt not to watch this absolute farce of an event”

“The late push for Europa starts here. I hear rumours Chris Wilder has been playing a 7-2-1 formation in training, in anticipation of our bustling, attacking prowess. Should be a belter for those tuning in.”

“3 points would put Sheffield United back into 6th – they’ve got everything to play for and we’ve seen them work hard as a team to achieve an outstanding season so far.We can’t even get top half of the table mathematically.”

“Sheffield United have a Europa League place to play for and we have taken 2 points from a possible 12. We have not won there in our last ten visits.
Can see this being another embarassing performance like the Wolves game”

“ A stroll in the park for Sheff Utd. “

“Have to admit it Sheffield UTD look a pretty decent side , I hope some of the Everton players are looking at their team spirit , work ethic and the will to challenge and win “

“A team who defends well against a team who creates nothing
oh no”

“These will smash us. They have everything we don’t as far as the mental aspect goes.”

“Oh we are getting battered and bullied here”

“Sheffield United will run us ragged”

“The modern Day version of the crazy gang will batter us like a freshly caught Haddock.
We’ll be outfought in almost every department, I can’t see anything but capitulation. “

“I’m going to enjoy this purely because I want to see just how bad we can be. I want to see just how ineffective a PL midfield can be and I will be laughing at how little urgency a team can show in attack. This is where it’s got to for me now.”

“Watch us get absolutely played off the park by players we have never even heard of. Has the potential to be really funny this one. “

“Sheff Utd, a team full of fight, spirit and who will compete for every ball, sigh… “

“Wilder will have them up for it,even more so after seeing 2 sep interviews of his post match interview after the game last night were he is not happy at all”

“Sander Berge would run rings around our midfield on his own. “

“Sheff United have shown the value of a nuanced recruitment policy “

“Another team who has blown right past us and will smack us about “

“They have probably only blown past us for this one season, to be fair. “

“The way we’re all expecting to get tucked in by Sheffield United.
State of us. “

“teams like wolves and Sheffield United, there not much better, but they have effort “

“The blades looked as blunt as we were last night. A battle of two tired and demotivated scrappers. “

“People have been calling them ‘Sheffield’ and it really annoys me.
Its Sheff United “

“Jagielka to score on us
it is written in the stars “

“In the race for 11th, Southampton and ourselves both play Sheffield United and Bournemouth.
We haven’t finished lower than 11th since 2004. “

“In all seriousness, this will be another brutal pile of dump.”

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Rangers Fans Views On Wes Foderingham

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“Good move for his bank account, but if he wants to be playing week in week out he’d have been better off in the Championship imo.”
Tin hat on but he’s better than the opinion most on here have of him.”

“There are a few good young English Gk’s, apart from Henderson coming through, Ramsdale , Pope etc. who bigger clubs may just be thinking about moving for so Big Wes just might have timed it, and chosen, right to get a starting place at a decent sized club. As far as I know he trains well and conducts himself well, needs to work on a few things, but at 29 has time to improve these areas, he has gone to a club where, once Henderson moves on, he must have a good chance of getting a starting place.”

“Foderingham had many good games for us, made plenty of great saves”

“Dont understand this move for him.Left us because he wants to be no.1.Signs for a really good club who have an outstanding keeper he will never dislodge.”

“Good luck to him. He won’t play for them much but I guess it’s a good move to get to the EPL.
Most EPL clubs sign random second and third choice keepers so it’s not a major surprise.”

“Big fan of Wes but imo he’ll be warming the bench again, best of luck to him .”

“Some of those seats in the dugouts down in the EPL look comfortable as fuck so can understand why he has signed.”

“Never know, Henderson goes back to Utd and he could find himself starting.
Few decent games and then because he’s English he’ll be touted as a £25m goalkeeper. “

“Good luck to him. Hopefully he lets a few in when we play them in the Europa League next season.”

“well done to him if he does sign for them, likeable team.”

“Great move for him”

“Good on him good move
don’t hate the guy
had a howler that 5-1 game but he wasn’t a bad goalkeeper “

“Not the greatest keeper we’ve ever had but a likeable chap”

“Good luck to him, far too many bombscare moments for me and surprised he lasted so long.”

“He’s shite and even when Henderson leaves there’s no way Wes becomes their number 1. He’s been signed as a backup because he’s free and ticks the box of being English.
Wanted 1st team football but probably dropped that demand when he realised the level he would need to drop down to to achieve that so settled for sitting on the bench in the premier league for a handsome wage instead. Fair play to him.”

“I’m just glad he’s gone.Thought he was shite”

“Really didn’t rate him at all.”

“Long shots from outside the box if he’s in goal for them. He’s no good enough for that level.”

“I’ve never seen a Rangers keeper concede so many goals from outside the box.”

” Wes “cant deal with shots from outside the box” Foderingham”

” Wes Foderingham’s distribution from his feet was equal to my attempts at combing my hair.”

“I am pretty shocked by this move, he is terrible. “

“League 1 Wes has hit the big time”

“below average keeper who can consider himself fortunate to be able to tell people the played for us when he is retired “

“How have we managed to let a keeper go that has EPL suitors and not get a penny for him. “

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View From Leicester

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“Bloody Brilliant display all round god knows where they’ve been hiding last few months”

“Deserved. We were excellent.”

“Really impressed, should of
been 5-0 “

“STUNNING performance after the horrendous last game, under huge pressure”

“That is the best 90 we have put in since Christmas”

“So relieved. Best performance & result of 2020.”

” We controlled it other than a 15 minutes period in the 2nd half. “

“Much needed win and one of the best performances this season tbh.”

“Textbook Leicester… just when you give up all hope, they show grit that you no longer thought they had in them and win like it was a pre-season friendly.”

“Youri absolutely ran the show and looked every inch the 40 million pound player we signed. Outclassed his industrious but lacking in quality counterparts in the Sheffield United midfield. “

“Given the injuries/suspensions, and off the back of the Sunday debacle, that was a big time performance which nobody should underestimate. Sheff Utd had loads to play for.
To a man they were outworked and we drained the spirit and legs out of them, which then allowed the extra quality to shine through. “

“I think we made them look poor”

“yes Sheff utd probably not at their best but that was a great response.
****ing love Wes Morgan. What a man. Sheffield United perfect opposition for him but comes in and just does his job. Legend. “

“Never trouble defensively and should have scored 4 or 5. Really impressive performance and I doubt many have dealt as comfortably as that with Sheff Utd all season.”

“Comfortable as I thought. Like I said pre match thread, they are overrated. We controlled the game.”

“Great result. Totally controlled it. Sheffield were bang average mind”

“Sheffield united were as bad as they were at Newcastle to be fair, they looked like the games have caught up with them. “

“Spurs will be the test…..this Sheff shit was on holiday “

“Made Sheff U look like a Championship team.”

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Pre-Match View From Leicester

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“Must win “

“I don’t think I can honestly dare to watch. No Ricardo, Cags, Madders, Chilly, potentially Kevin”

“They’ll bully us like they did with Chelsea. Our heads have gone.”

“Absolutely dreading this. They’ll bully us”

“What I do know after watching a fair few of their games this season is that they will run and tackle and fight a lot harder than we will and on that basis alone we will lose “

“I will be utterly amazed if we win this. Toothless bottle jobs vs. possibly the grittiest, most determined side in the division. After the Manchester clubs I couldn’t think of a worse team for us to face next. “

“You can see confidence is completely shot .Will be genuinely lucky to get a draw from this”

“As far as I’m concerned its a nailed on Sheffield United win, we don’t have it in us to react, and we don’t have it in us to pick ourselves up. We’ve not done it so far this season since the shit hit the fan, so why now? How many “wake up calls” do we need to kick start our form? Three absolute horror shows to finish on and we will lose all three, and we will lose badly too”

“Based on this weekend’s performances, this could get ugly. However, when is football ever predictable.”

“We are not going to have an easy game against the blades. They are a formidable opponent on their day!”

“These are too good for us, their players are fighting hard for a good finish”

“Not a chance we beat these lot. Come on, they’ve got everything we don’t.”

“This one could be embarrassing, which will teach me for giving my Sheff Utd supporting Mrs so much shit about how we are better than them. “

“I see them winning this by half time. This side can’t take pressure. Sheff United will be all over us. We will crumble. It’s happened every time this season. “

“Their wingbacks will run us ragged”

“They’ll out fight us and they are a genuinely dangerous side. We won’t cope with their physicality and quality of crosses and link up play on the wings.”
“mcgoldrick to get his first PL hat trick. any other player to score who hasn’t scored in the past few years for them.”

“I really like Basham”

“I like that McBurnie, he’d score goals anywhere.”

“If Sheffield Utd end up beating us then I’ll stand and applaud them. They have everything that we don’t, bottle, fight and passion, three elements that have got them to where they are. Look at their form since football returned, they started off appallingly, yet they’ve managed to bounce back because of the three elements I mentioned. Wilder possesses a backbone, his no nonsense style is what makes him likeable.”

“Sheffield are the 3rd best team in the country.”

“Got nothing but respect for Sheffield United and what they’re doing this season. I hope they make Europe this season, it’d be great for English football. We need to be at our best on Thursday”

“I’ve watched quite a bit of Sheffield this season really like how they play they play some really good football at times”

“It’s really, really difficult to dislike Sheff United.”

“Sheffield United merit a place in Europe ahead of us really. I wouldn’t begrudge it to them.”

“Just shows you how well we did to win at Bramall Lane, I recall a lot on here seemed disappointed to only win 2-1 & with the general performance that day against a newly promoted side. Should never underestimate an away win in the premier league”

“Sheff utd remind me of us in 15/16. Well organised, hard working and highly effective use of the ball. Mcburnie is their okazaki”

“Defensively perhaps but they don’t have the world class players that turn good teams into great teams. I think without Vardy Mahrez and Kante we would of been like Sheffield Utd this year in 15/16. “

“I don’t think they’re that good but I can’t see us winning. They’ll leave space for Vardy.”

“Morgan with the 2 lumps Sheffield u could make sense, but Bennett match fit. Maybe 3 5 2 again. Barnes should start too.”

“Actually, never thought I’d say this, but Wes should start against McBurnie.”

“Wes would probably deal with mcburnie better than any of our defenders.”

“If there was an opposition that Morgan could be ok with its probably Sheffield United. He might help with the physical stuff. Will have to be centre of a back 3, Evans might be more comfortable on the left hand side too.”

“We should be playing the 3 centre backs against these. They aren’t going to expose us for pace like Arsenal did.”

“I see Sheffield players the same as Burnleys. I’d be weary of signing any of them as they simply just play well as a group and make each other look good.
wouldnt be confident any of them could perform as well at another club”

“If (IF) we play to our abilities we will beat Sheff Utd and Spurs. “

“Hopefully Vardy’s strong dislike for Sheffield United is worth a couple of goals!”