A stat emerged from the Premier League weekend that proves how much Sheffield United have exceeded expectations this season.
There are now just five matches left to play in the 2019/20 league campaign. They continue to come thick and fast, with the Blades hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday before welcoming Chelsea to Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Their point at Burnley on Sunday, secured through an 80th-minute John Egan equaliser, was their 48th this term.
It kept Chris Wilder’s side in eighth place and the hunt for European qualification. There is also a 21-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
It’s easy to forget that following promotion, simply keeping out of the bottom three was the target this season. It had been 12 years since United were in the top flight and many tipped them to go straight back down.
However, the results from this weekend also put into stark contrast just what the club has achieved.
This Sheffield United stat is truly impressive
Picking up a point at Turf Moor means that the Blades have the same points total as the other two newly promoted teams combined.
Norwich City are currently bottom of the table with 21 points following Saturday’s home loss to Brighton and Hove Albion. Meanwhile, Aston Villa lost at Liverpool later on Sunday to keep them in the drop zone with 27 points.
All three came up with similar expectations. In fact, Villa’s big spending and strong history in the division made them the favourites of the three to stay up.
There is a strong possibility that both they and Norwich will go straight back down. For United, they are wondering if they will be preparing for the Europa League in 2020/21.
This is testament to all the coaching and playing staff. But most of all, it is down to Wilder and what he has built at the club in four short years.