Sheffield United have had some games to remember this season as it heads towards a potentially dramatic climax.

The Blades are second in the Championship table during this latest international break. There are only eight league matches left as promotion to the Premier League becomes an increasingly likely prospect.

So which results have defined 2018/19 for United so far?

2-1 v Norwich City, August 18

Norwich are the current leaders and if the Blades are promoted this result could prove crucial. It was not a dominant win, rather a scrappy and hard fought one in which Billy Sharp snatched a 93rd minute winner.

United went ahead through John Egan before Jordan Rhodes got the Canaries level. United rode their luck but showed with a battling display the resolve they would need this season.

4-1 v Aston Villa, September 1

If the previous result showed resolve, this showed dominance. And against a side tipped for promotion pre-season. Goals for Jack O’Connell, Mark Duffy, Oliver Norwood and Sharp steamrolled Villa.

3-2 v Millwall, September 29

It’s results like this that can be the different being going up and not. Sharp put the Blades ahead but Jake Cooper and Lewis Gregory goals turned the game on its head.

United had lost 11 times in 14 visits to The Den yet dug in and David McGoldrick displayed his importance, scoring twice in a frantic final 11 minutes to seal all three points.

3-2 v Brentford, November 27

Another win on the road and another hard fought victory. Having gone behind in the sixth minute Chris Wilder’s men were ahead by the 15th and it was level by the 65th after an own goal at each end.

Step forward Leon Clarke, who had been far less influential in front of goal and has since been loaned to Wigan Athletic. Yet this strike was crucial, with Clarke side-footing in a 72nd minute winner.

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3-1 v Derby, December 26

Like with Villa, this was a result that cemented the Blades’ promotion credentials. Derby were above United going into the game, but were no match for them as Sharp, McGoldrick and Clarke goals sealed victory.

The result has sparked a run of one defeat and 11 wins in the last 14 league fixtures.

1-0 v West Bromwich Albion, February 23

A result that effectively ruled the Baggies out of the automatic promotion race. Having lost to West Brom at Bramall Lane in December, this was a strong defensive display capped off with a Kieran Dowell winner.

1-0 v Leeds United, March 16

When teams get promoted it’s thriving under pressure like this that helps them achieve it. Two points behind Leeds going into the game, Chris Basham won the tie with a second half strike.

Once again Wilder’s side were imperious at the back and have now kept seven consecutive clean sheets in the Championship.

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