The Blades lost 2-1 to Liverpool last night after putting in another spirited performance at Anfield.
It was a marked improvement on the display last term on Merseyside, where United failed to even ‘lay a glove’ on Jurgen Klopp’s men, as Chris Wilder put it.
However, despite the loss, there were plenty of positives to take for the Blades from last night.
So with that, we’ve looked at FIVE things Sheffield United can take from the 2-1 loss at Liverpool.
Yes it was another loss but the performance in the first half against Fulham and now this at the Premier League champions show we aren’t a million miles away.
We need to be more clinical and we need to cut out the lapses in concentration at the back which seem to be costing us goals. But other than that, we should win more games than we lose if we continue with this level of performance.
Ampadu there to stay
We might have dropped on here, but Ethan Ampadu looked superb in filling in for Ollie Norwood in the middle of the park.
Calm, assured, and with a turn of pace that Norwood sadly lacks, the Blades stalwart could well find it hard to get back into the fold following Ampadu’s performance last night.
Ben Osborn makes his case
We’ve worried for weeks about who is going to fill in for Jack O’Connell and what we might do, but Enda Stevens at the back and Osborn at wing-back might just work out.
Yes, there is a clamour for Max Lowe to be given a chance when he returns but Osborn was solid, energetic, and displayed everything that’s needed from a wing-back.
McBurnie, everything but the goals
Wilder said himself he thought McBurnie was outstanding last night and he was. He bullied Joe Gomez for a lot of the night and won countless headers, challenges, and free-kicks.
He did miss another glorious chance but the goals will come. Strikers have lulls in form so it’s only a matter of time before McBurnie gets himself up and running this season.
Get off Enda Stevens’ back
This is a personal gripe of your writer here, but please get off Enda Stevens’ back. Yes he was slightly at fault for the goal but then nobody is mentioning George Baldock once again failing to stop a cross.
Enda seems to have been made a bit of a scapegoat in recent weeks. But he’s played every game, played all three games for Ireland, and is still performing admirably in a role he doesn’t usually occupy.
As a mate of mine said in midweek, put some respect on his name and get behind him. He is still one of the best left-backs we’ve had at this club and he deserves our backing.