Pre-Match View From Crystal Palace

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“Think we should win this one 1-0.”

“What team do you want to play when you haven’t been able to buy a win all season ? Hmmmmm? “

“We have conceded more goals than Sheffield United!
I know that seven in one game doesn’t help but………….”

“anyone expecting a routine win is being very optimistic. They will be on fire against us. I’d take a draw, and will not read the site too much after the game bcos the ignorant bllx which assumes we should have easily won will be unbearable.”

“I don’t think we will smash Sheffield United. But points per game they are currently the worst team that’s ever played in the premier league and you’d ‘take a draw’, really ??”

“they will be desperate for a win on Saturday-. This is a real make or break match for them. I go for a score draw”

“This has a classic Palace loss written all over it. and given how the team have been playing I don’t feel good about this one.
Sheff U will know that they are already playing for their lives so they’ll be seriously up for it. We’ll stroll about the park thinking that all we need to do is show up to win.”

“This is palace, you know how it goes, it’s got 0-1 written all over it “

“they’ll see this as a must win game, and we haven’t shown any urgency in a long time.”

“If they score first that could well be that i am afraid”

“watched thje burnley v blades game and blades dont look that bad , just not that good. Please note their heads didnt drop after burnley goal”

“Only twice this season have they been beaten by more than 1 goal. They can definitely class themselves as unlucky to be on the points they are. It will be a tight game.”

“Sheffield Utd continue to play neat football, but they just don’t look threatening in front of goal. It’s similar at Brighton, but they have had the fortune of a few penalties.”

“I shudder every time we come up against an opposition with some sort of bad stat i.e hasn’t won in X many matches, or striker hasn’t scored in X many matches. We are a team that loves to handout gifts and being Christmas time I’m sure we’ll be generous.I’ll be very happy to be proved wrong and we play like a bunch of grinches.”

“After their defeat at Burnley tonight, Saturday is perfect for them to get their first win.

“They kicked us off the park at Selhurst last season and Baldock was the main culprit it took a few fouls before he was booked and then another few fouls but still no second yellow. I hope that we have a neutral ref and with Zaha AND Eze we should have enough to beat them”

“They aren’t playing for their lives. They’ve got 2 points from 16 games.
If they continue as they are they will finish on single figures.
Let’s not pretend, they are fcking sht. Sht. Absolute dog sht.
Some of our fans would take a draw apparently!
Even if we lose , I’m still right , surely.
Sheffield United , not Sheffield (ever) are fcking sht. “

“they always get beaten. Apart from 2 draws, by the end of December. Dress it up as much as you want. They will need to hit top 4 form to not go down this year.
They are sh*t , is the fact. If we draw with them , we will be joint 3rd worst after 17 games. If we lose. The worst after 17 games against them. They signed Brewster from Liverpool, we swerved one there.
I actually like the club, never called them Sheffield, as I’m English , Sheffield United. Proper club, proper ground , proper fans. But a pony team this year. It’s a must win , nearly everyone else has.”

“2-0 to us and ‘Puffa Jacket Man’ gets the bullet…..”

“I predict an identical game to the infamous West Germany v Austria World Cup game in 1978.”

View From Burnley

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“Really can’t see the Blades getting out of it, even at this relatively early stage.”

“I think now that Sheffield Utd look doomed”

“They can still put a run together.”

“Need to win something like every 2nd game , not going to happen is it”

“they need to change. They literally just play walking football and don’t have a shred of urgency in them.”

“Sheffield were the better team but couldn’t create too many chances”

“Sure, the performance wasn’t great, but tonight – it really was never going to be about that. It was about facing a team who were fighting for their absolute lives and would do anything to get their first win. They were always going to perform at their maxmum to get something from the game.”

“SU were fighting for their lives and were always going to raise their level.”

“At the end of December, and your team has two points only, that’s not because you’ve been a little bit unlucky. It’s because you aren’t very good at all, yet they presssured us like manure would.”

“Another team to leave the Turf wondering how they lost .. They got Burnleyed.”

“Very fair interview from Wilder, I like him”

“He’s always very balanced in his view.”

“Never feels the need to hide behind a bunch of excuses. Honest as the day is long, a proper Manager.”

“He’ll probably lose his job soon but he’s a good manager and a good sport.”

“Looks a beaten man”

Pre-Match View From Burnley

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“It’s going to take a helluva run from Sheffield United to get clear of the bottom 3.”

“if they take one if the relegation places which before the season began was unthinkable thats a bonus for us because its totally unexpected”

“After the performances of the Blades last season, their abysmalness this season is a shock.
It goes to show that past form cannot be relied on and the Sean Dyche Way (Hard work, commitment, and dedication) is the only way”

“They were a breath of fresh air last season”

“Can’t see any way back for them TBH.”

“They gave it a go against Everton, but it’s looking bleak for them now.”

“it’s looking hopeless for them now”

“Sheffield United are dead in the water”

“It’s fair to assume Sheff Utd are doomed, so there’s only 2 spots remaining”

“Sheff Utd might struggle to hit double figures on their present form”

“Sheff are gone”

“Sheffield going down before the end of the year has to be good news. Just two more slots up for grabs”

“it’s certainly better having a team cut adrift, as Huddersfield & Norwich have been in recent years, makes surviving slightly easier that’s for sure.”

“Think Sheffield United have to sack Wilder now and try something new/try to get a reaction from the players. Unless they want to accept relegation and rebuild in the Championship with Wilder. “

“Their chairman had already said that relegation wouldn’t affect Wilder’s position. All the success cannot be undone by a single relegation. Quite refreshing and obviously trying to follow our way.”

“Thought they had a very wealthy foreign owner so assumed the pressure would be on given their current form. Very noble if they stick by him.”

“If they do go down, and it’s looking likely, I’d say Wilder more than deserves a shot at getting them back up.”

“I’d be very surprised if they gave Wilder the elbow.
Seems to be a situation like us and our manager.”

“He could very well bring them back up like SD”

“if we play against Sheff Utd & Fulham as we played 2nd half today, then we’ll collect points in both those fixtures.”

“We won’t. We will need a hell of a lot more of a cutting edge than we displayed today.”

“We are in a relegation scrap because we can’t score goals – even Sheff Utd have scored as many as us”

“We’ll be relegated with Sheffield United and one other.”

View From Everton

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“Sheffield United could be worse than Derby.”

“Arguably the worst side to ever play in the Premier League (I actually think Sheffield United vs. 08′ Derby is a tough one) “

“Sheffield United might be the most desperate team in the history of the league”

“A better team than Sheff Utd might’ve punished us”

“3 of our best players out, brutal conditions, a right footed centre back playing left back again, tired af…”

“Massive win that especially considering the players we have out. “

“Awful game to watch,ref was abysmal,Davies head and shoulders above the rest,scrappy result but considering the injuries a very good one”

“Massive win tonight. We outmuscled them.”

“Sheffield United offered very little in an attacking sense.”

“0.46 of Sheffield United’s 1.17 xG is from a shot that was offside.”

“Davies MotM. Tough for some folk on here but he was seriously good. Not sure what it means going forward as he’s had plenty of false dawns and Sheffield United stink but for tonight I’m letting that go.”

“They are debating that Mcburnie penalty claim, no chance….clutching at straws there”

“it was ugly two teams were playing and credit to sheff, they scrapped like hard dogs as they should in their position, but we never gave in.”

“Doubt Sheffield United will have an easier game all season”

“Easy to see why Sheff Utd broke the bank for Brewster……”

Pre-Match View From Everton

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“Can only expect a loss against Sheffield United”

“Sheff utd is the perfect banana skin between two big matches and with a thin squad.”

“Nailed on Sheffield utd first win of season”

“Sheffield Utd have not won in the PL yet. You know the script.”

“Sheff Utd are a typical grim 8pm away day kick off with the players still hungover from Christmas Day and Sheff Utd have not won a game yet and ex kopite Brewster is yet to score a goal for them yet – enters Everton…”

“Whats crazy is im much more confident of beating City than Sheff Utd!”

“What Carlo now needs to do is find an optimal balance for playing sides with inferior players. In some ways this is harder. Sheffield United will be a good test. I suspect we don’t have that right now and this is why he needs to be supported in the transfer window”

“They will be hard to break down”

“Sheffield will be difficult as it stands to reason they cannot lose every game.”

“I haven’t see many 90 minutes of Sheffield Utd but from what I have seen they arent miles away from the side that did so well last season. The difference I think is that last season they made those final passes and scored their chances when they came and this year they can’t seem to hit a barn door. Its one of those games that if you go there thinking you will brush them aside then you could get embarrassed because they will make you work for your point”

“I expect Sheffield United to be a scrap, I don’t expect us to go there and wallop them 5-0, but truthfully we have to expect to win the game”

“Sheffield United, currently rock bottom of the prem; what better opponent could you hope for in the middle of a congested run of fixtures when you have injury problems?”

“I watched the sheff utd game against Man Utd and sheffield were so bad it wasn’t true,the goals they let in were awful and all preventable with just half decent defending”.

“They are bottom of the league, bereft of quality, and their formation and tactics have been sussed out. We need to get points outta this one, preferably 3.”

“Watched the Brighton/Sheffield game and they were really poor, would be mid-table in the Championship IMO with the standard they’re currently playing at, wafer thin on the quality front”

“I remember watching them against Chelsea and Chelsea battered them but couldn’t squeeze the ball between the sticks and Sheffield went up the other end 3 times and scored 3 goals and just took the game away from them. The fact that Lundstrum scored a few probably shows how much of a fluke it was, but saying that they worked their arses off every game to get that bit of luck”

“Lundstrum with a straight red so he’s out and a big part of how they play.”

“They were a poor side last season and they’re a poor side this season. I remember being sat in the pub after they’d taken three points from us and thinking they were the worst side that had been to Goodison. We were just even worse! They’re getting what they should’ve got last season”

“I have no idea how they did so well they have some real dross in their squad. I was ashamed we lost to them, their tactics are very championship like and their squad too. I hope we smash them”

“I don’t know much about the transfer workings at Sheffield United but they make some terrible decisions, imo”

“Sander Berge was a great signing”

“I think Sheffield is extremely important as let’s face it beating them 3 and losing to a Sheffield that hasn’t won yet would be ‘Everton that’ of old”

“It’s a real, completely irrational I admit, pet hate of mine, but it isn’t right. In fact, they should actually be referred to as ‘United’ (over ‘Sheffield’, that is), unless they’re playing another United!”

“I often call them Sheffield, because there’s only one Sheffield in the league.
The reason why it’s fine to call them Sheffield is the same reason why it’s fine to call Manchester United ‘United’. It’s because it’s blatantly obvious who you’re talking about.”

“Respectfully I disagree. Two clubs in Sheffield , both United and Wednesday , although the latter haven’t been in the top division for a bit.”

“Without wanting to echo that dwarf Wilder, you wouldn’t call Man Utd or Man City ‘Manchester’”

“There are two clubs in Sheffield but that’s not really the point. There’s only one in the league we’re playing in so it’s obvious who the lad was referring to. The argument that you can’t call them Sheffield because you wouldn’t call Man City ‘Manchester’ is daft.”

View From Brighton

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“Well that was fun”

“surely we should be burying a ten man Sheffield United side with only one point so far this season?”

“Was there any stage when it looked we had a 1 man advantage? “

“Seething. There really is no hope with Potter now. It’s absolutely disgraceful we haven’t beaten a side playing with ten men, with 12 defeats from 13 games before today.”

“Not expecting Potter to ride this out now”

“Thanks for your efforts Graham. You can go now. “

“Point gained against 10 men of a side that many forget have already forced a draw against Fulham this season. Fantastic Potterballing at its best.”

“Game management and lack of ideas,Potter was supposed to be the clever manager but Wilder is head and shoulders above him along with most Premier league managers .He will be great for us in the Championship”

“So why are SU at the bottom of the league with only 2 points after 14 games? What were Wilder’s ideas and game management in those games?
I’d say a draw was a fair result, it wasn’t like SU were miles better. “

“Totally out thought.”

“SU have a team spirit we can only dream of. Fair play to them”

“I doubt sheff utd will block that many shots in a game again this season. FFS. “

“For what it’s worth I think conceding the equaliser is a mortal blow to Sheffield United. They must have thought they had their first win. If Burke had scored that one at 0-1 it would have been all over. “

“I’m pleased we drew because while a point does nothing for us whatsoever, it could be crucial in killing off any potential Sheffield United recovery.”

“It feels like a huge two points dropped in terms of the opportunity to finally win at home, playing ten men for an hour. However, despite hitting the bar at the end, it also feels like we’ve been very fortunate to save a point from a game that we could easily have lost 2:0.”

“when you create three clear cut chances and concede from near enough the only shot you conceded all game, which happened to be a tame deflected effort it suggests you probably did deserve to win.”

“They could and probably should have been 3-0 by the time we equalised.”

“. Very fortunate to get a point in the end… “

“Sadly this is a desperately poor team. To play against 10 men for 60 mins and play like we did, so so poor.”

“Did Brighton deserve to win today? The answer is clearly yes. Potter can lead a horse to water, but he can’t make it drink. The players clearly buy into the style of play, they consistently get into fantastic goalscoring positions, the manager cannot legislate for supposed PL level players missing sitters from 4 yards out.”

“Did we deserve to win today ? Lol if the ball is not on target or in the net then no .
90 mins of the same old shite tippy tippy everyone afraid to shoot
Premier league players is the point they are mostly not I’m afraid
Potter leading a horse for water bet he would get even that wrong or take it the long way round
One home win in a year ? Happy with that ? “

“It had shock away win written all over it – United already now having the record for the poorest start to a season,
Then after the sending off I was seeing the headline: “Plucky ten man Sheffield……”
There would be a backs to the wall Dunkirk Spirit.
And how often do the remaining ten men pull together all the more so…..
So yes, we should have won, and had the chances to. but it’s a funny old game, football. “

“Ok we weren’t brilliant but definitely 2 points lost, we were a lot better than them. I know that’s not hard but we were. A simple header on target and its two points more.”

“The Hughton promotion winning side would of hammered that lot today.”

“If we dont beat Arsenal, I think that’ll be my last game until we’re back in the championship (where we belong)”

“The problem our fanbase have is there are too many premier league groupies looking to sack the manager all the time.”

“The ref didn’t cost us the game and separate to our own failings BUT bearing in mind this idiot gave the penalty to Saints when it was clearly outside the box I thought he had an awful game. Firstly, he should have given a very obvious foul on March just before the sending off, that would have saved him from being made to look like a piece of cheese and giving just a yellow when it was a very clear red and then allowing Ramsdale to continually waste time (only booking him in the 89th minute once the damage had been done) and then somehow adding only 4 mins injury time. A terrible performance to match our own. And I thought their goal was offside in the build up but that’s not down to him. “

“I counted three elbows used against Albion players in tackles and no bookings for any of them, other than that he wasn’t that bad”

“I thought he was OK, no complaints from me.”

“They clearly showed that March played them onside twice in the buildup to the goal. He then left Bogle go when he ran out of his zone meaning that he had an acre of space to turn and shoot.
Not blaming March, blaming the coaching. “

Pre-Match View From Brighton

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“It’s a must win game.”

“I am convinced we will lose this one. Convinced.”

“No way they will come here and set up the blockades for a draw. This is likely one of the few away games they think they may now have a chance of winning so this SHOULD be an open game, and hopefully we will finally hammer someone”

“Sheff U may be out of form because, like us, they can’t score goals. However like most of the teams playing us at the moment they will see this game as an opportunity restore some form or to kick start their season. They are a hard physical side with a keen press and a packed midfield (i.e. just the kind of team we hate playing against) so a dour game ending up 0-0 or 1-0 either way seem the most likely outcomes.”

“If we don’t beat Sheffield United, potter deserves to go. They look terrible”

“Worst start in top flight ever. Not since football was invented in 1992, proper ever.”

“They look woeful.
I fancy us scoring a few.
1 point after 13 games. Wow.
I wonder if we can tempt Berge in Jan?”

“We’re world class at sorting that sort of problem out for teams……”

“They look utterly bereft of confidence and Ramsdale is a weak keeper.”

“McGoldrick is a really decent player.”

“Weirdly, he has now scored more goals already this season than last. So it’s not his fault, but something isn’t right up there (probably mostly having a team of League 1 players).”

“Be another tight one but I think we’ll edge it”

“Wilder has surely got to go now if they want to have any chance of staying up realistically”

“Shef U. It’s like watching Wimbledon from 1988. Keeper launching it, long throws, crosses chucked in from all angles. Wilder showing his true self.”

“Sheff utd vulnerable to pace in behind
Maupay and Connolly up front please”

“Football is entertainment. I dont enjoy being trounced every week. Im not in it so I can watch us play/get hammered by United/City/Spurs etc. Potterball has been more entertaining but the last 6 months of Sir Chris of Hughton was soooo painful. Watched a bit of Palace Vs Burnley a couple of weeks ago and it was just 2 teams trying to stay in the Premier League at all costs. No entertainment value what so ever. The Championship and in fact League 1 were entertaining when we were winning and going places.”

“Really dislike the Premiership. The prima Donna superstars, the millionaire attitudes, and now it has been really messed up by VAR and this slide rule approach to refereeing. The recent rule changes on hand ball and offside are ridiculous.
It gets so bad that if we should get relegated , it would be s blessed relief”

“I am enjoying seeing us evolve into an established top 10 side.
I love being part of the whole global premier League football extravaganza.”

View From Man Utd

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“The fact that game was even remotely competitive is just gross”.

“Talk about making a meal out of it, christ”

“Two big fat Christmas presents for Sheffield United tonight with those goals but thank feck we held onto the 3 points.”

“Thank feck for that. Can’t even believe how a very easy game turned like this in last 5 minutes.”

“Hanging on against them at the end ffs.”

“Way closer that should have been but 3 points anyway. Henderson is not the answer.”

£3-1 would have flattered Sheffield United, and suddenly we’re hanging on at the death?!”

“De Gea plays and that’s 0-3.”

“The least consistent team in the history of football. We get outplayed for the first and last 10 minutes of the game and in between that we are steamrolling them.”

“Needed that win. 3-2 flattered them really, gifted them the 1st & the 2nd was lucky and not a corner anyway. Some decent football at times.”

“I thought we were unlucky. We played well apart from the nightmare start. Should and could have scored a lot more than 3.”

“Terrible first 15 average in the middle 60 and terrible in the last 15 again. In the end it was enough against a poor Sheff utd, job done.”

“We made it hard for no reason. But deserved win. Sheffield Utd are shite this season.”

“Weird game, thankfully Sheffield United pretty shite and Bruno and Pogba are pretty good.”

“No problem with a hard fought away win against what I will always maintain is a decent side short of confidence. Liverpool and City could easily have dropped points to these this season as well and both scored less than us in their game”

“Great effort from Sheffield they really put United under pressure early on. But Sheffield choosing to play such a high line against a United side with so much pace was naive to say the least. United are one of the best counter attacking teams in Europe and Sheffield just couldn’t live with it. Had Sheffield dropped deep after their goal they could have caused real problems for a United side that has trouble against teams who employ a low block.”

“Impressed with their workrate. Ramsdale needs to be dropped though.”

“Sheff Utd have now made the worst start in the English top flight since the league was formed back in the 1800’s”

“It’s a double whammy on the first one. We were the previous holders of the worst start – in the 30s apparently.
Thanks Sheffield”

“Will be glad to see Sheffield United go down, were a bunch of thugs today”

“Next away game we might as well just boot the ball into our own net at kick off.
To be fair we sort of did that today anyway”

Pre-Match View From Man Utd

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“The definition of a must win. Our only easy game on paper before January.
It would be typical of us to be Sheffield’s first 3 points of the season.
Tbf to them, they’ve only lost most games by a goal.”

“They are on poor form and struggled to even get a point but let’s not underestimating them, most of the game they only lost by 1 goal difference.”

“Two points was dropped in this fixture last season, the injury time equaliser by Sheffield United probably would be disallowed this season.
Sheffield United have been competitive in all of their home games this season and I expect Thursday to be no different.”

“This will be Sheffield United’s first win of the season. It’s just that kind of season.”

“They gotta get a win at some point and we are the perfect opportunity.”

“I’m bricking it against the most underpowered team in the league this reason, Christ.
Thank god they have Ramsdale in net.”

“They’ve been shocking so far this season – so you know they’re going to roll up their sleeves and become giant killers for the night.”

“They’ve got 1 point all season.
If they double their point tally v us at the very least it’s utterly embarrassing”

“it would be embarrassing to lose against them”

“I have no doubt that Sheffield will raise their game against us (who doesn’t when Utd come to town?)
Even so, we really should be winning this game based on their current form.”

“It won’t be pretty, but we’ll grind out the win as we look to the more interesting fixture this weekend.”

“Expect rotation for this one, we play Leeds on Sunday.”

“Need to use the squad here. Leeds on Sunday will be on a whole another level intensity wise”

“Sheffield United have been so poor this year, so feel it’s a nice one to have on a Thurs, then Leeds will be a real fitness test”

“Points wise, they’re the worst team in PL history so far. However, these are not a bad team. The amount of chances they create, I do not know how they aren’t in the top half, let alone relegation certainties with a solitary point. It’ll be a harder game than Leeds, who’ve seemingly already started to run out of steam. Still need to rotate though.”

“They are bottom of the league so I imagine the bus will be parked”

“I can us struggling to break these down”

“I just checked the league table and Sheff Utd are bottom of the league.
So, we are up against the worst team in the league who have a return of 1 point from 11 games.
Logically, we’ll wipe the floor with these guys, but given that we struggle against worse teams, who knows how we’ll do.”

“Away from home = victory, would love to see that continuing and just look at how abysmal the Blades have been so far.”

“At least this should be a pretty straightforward and easy win. They have been garbage this season, and we’re kings away from home”

“Should be an easy win. We have the ability to smash them but id take a 2 goal difference”

“We should really be putting these guys to the sword. They have been very bad for a long time.”

“These lot are spectacularly fecking shit. As in useless in all areas, attack midfield defence. We should batter these if we play at our best. “

“Sheffield are mid-table Championship quality but I do not doubt we will find a way to make them look good”

“Excited to see the most Championship strikeforce in the history of the Premier League up against Baz Maguire and co. McBurnie will turn into a ginger bearded Ronaldo.”

“I’m hoping these games finish off Ole for good.”

“Surely Wilder’s job is on the line for this match, if they don’t react sooner?”

“Teams invest a lot of money and work hard to get up into the EPL.
Why on Earth are Sheff Utd just passively allowing their team to get relegated.
I don’t think I’ve seen such a passive response to getting into the EPL.
It’s like getting promoted at work, with double pay and instead of working hard to learn the new role and succeed at it, you just sit back passively and fail every task in the job, so you can be demoted back to your old position.”

View From….. Sheffield United

Mixing it up this week after yet another loss. Instead of looking at the comments from Southampton fans, I take a look at Twitter to see what our own fans are saying.

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https://twitter.com/DemBladesDavid/status/1338125479367368705