Sheffield United will have spent five seasons in the Premier League by the time this article goes out, but what has been their biggest win to date?
The Blades’ five seasons are split over three spells. United played in the first two Premier League seasons, before not returning for over a decade. Neil Warnock was the man to bring the Blades back, before overseeing a cruel relegation on the final day of the 06/07 campaign.
Chris Wilder then did the unthinkable and got United back into the Premier League via League One and the Championship. Wilder, recently sacked but forever a club legend, won League One at a canter, before cementing a place in the Championship the following year. He then led United to second behind Norwich in the 18/19 season to see the Blades return to the top flight.
Wilder’s biggest win as United boss was a 3-0 win over Burnley, matched by the impressive home win against Chelsea post-lockdown.
But just what is United’s biggest ever Premier League win? And does Wilder hold the title of leading his beloved club to holding that mantle?
Here, then, is a look at United’s biggest Premier League wins.
Sheffield United 6 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur (1992/93)
Leading the way by some distance and giving Dave Bassett’s side the title of having the biggest Premier League win for Sheffield United, is this destruction of Spurs.
United were rampant on the day back in March 1993, as goals from Franz Carr, Brian Deane, Ian Bryson (2), Paul Rogers, and own goal, helped the Blades to a mammoth victory.
Winning 6-0 is no mean feat for any team. So the fact United have a margin of victory on their Premier League record, is quite the statement. For reference, United would only score more than three goals just one more time in those five PL seasons mentioned above.
Sheffield United 3 – 0 West Ham (2006/07)
This should have been the game in which United sealed their Premier League status. The Blades were rampant, dispatching West Ham with ease thanks to goals from Michael Tonge, Phil Jagielka, and John Stead.
Most Blades felt United had cemented their place in the top flight with that win. It put them 10 points clear of the bottom three.
However, we all know what happened from there. United won just once more between then and the end of the season as a Carlos Tevez inspired Hammers side usurped the Blades. Finally, Wigan put the nail in the coffin on the final day, as a David Unsworth penalty ensured relegation for Neil Warnock’s side.
Sheffield United 4 – 2 Chelsea (1992/93)
Barring two late Chelsea goals, this result would sit alone as United’s second highest win in the Premier League era. But thanks to two strikes in the 86th and 87th minutes, it has to go in the middle of the pack.
However, it’s included here as it’s the only other time the Blades have scored four or more goals, aside from the 6-0 Spurs romp.
Andy Scott, Paul Rogers, and a double either side of half-time from Dane Whitehouse ensured United were 4-0 up with 40 minutes to play.
It was the final game of the 92/93 season forThe B the Blades and capped a four-match unbeaten finish to the campaign for Dave Bassett’s men.
Sheffield United 3 – 0 Chelsea (2019/20)
Chris Wilder’s Blades won 3-0 twice during the 19/20 season, against Burnley in the first-half of the season, and then here, against Chelsea.
The Burnley game is often seen as the cream of the crop by some United fans. And quite rightly too, as the Blades took apart the Clarets with some scintillating football inspired by John Fleck, Enda Stevens, and Lys Mousset.
But beating Chelsea 3-0 towards the back end of last season really put a stamp on what had been a superb season. The win capped a four game unbeaten run which had seen United beat Spurs and Wolves, with a draw at Burnley sandwiched inbetween.
It was also the game where David McGoldrick finally got off the mark with a well-timed double, with Oli McBurnie completing the scoring with a fine header into the bottom corner.
While no fans were in attendance to witness the fixture, those watching on will probably concur this was one of United’s finest displays under Wilder.