The Blades lost out last night as a solitary goal from Ezri Konsa was enough for Aston Villa to see off Chris Wilder’s men 1-0 at Villa Park.
United were up against it for much of the night. John Egan saw red with just over ten minutes on the clock, before John Lundstram missed a penalty to compound a miserable first period for the Blades.
The second half was an even enough affair and although United created little, they huffed and puffed. However, a lapse in concentration allowed Konsa to score the winning goal and make it two defeats from two for Wilder’s men.
Here is how site writer Lee Connor saw the game, as he delivered his player ratings from a frustrating night in the Midlands for Sheffield United.
Aaron Ramsdale – 6
Had nothing to do for most of the night but questions can be asked over the goal. Much like against Wolves, Ramsdale seemed slow to react and there were more than a few fans who noted it on social media.
George Baldock – 7
Another good performance from Baldock without being spectacular. Would have had more joy had all eleven been on the field but was restricted a tad in a back four.
John Egan – 3
Impossible to give a rating really to Egan. Only on the field for ten minutes before being – harshly – sent to the stands.
Chris Basham – 8
A truly heroic performance from Basham in the main. Despite a few loose balls, he battled, ran himself into the ground and won countless headers in our own box.
Jack O’Connell – 8
Much like Basham, O’Connell defended very well and was rarely in trouble. Will be frustrated at conceding from a set-piece, just like his manager.
Enda Stevens – 6
A quiet night for the Irishman who struggled to get forward and seemed to dither somewhat with the ball. Stevens will be looking to get back to his best soon after being off his game somewhat in the last few months.
Sander Berge – 7
Impressed more as the game went on in his preferred deeper role and tried to drive United forward in the second half when he could. Was unlucky with a couple of marauding runs into the box.
John Lundstram – 8
This notion that he isn’t working hard is a load of rubbish, frankly. Lundstram ran himself into the ground and was just the unlucky one to miss the penalty on the night.
John Fleck – 6
Improved a bit in the second period but looks a shadow of the player he was prior to lockdown. United need Fleck firing on all cylinders and at the moment it’s just not happening.
David McGoldrick – 5
No chance to impress as he had to make way for Ethan Ampadu as Wilder reshuffled following Egan’s red.
Oliver Burke – 7
For his second start in a Blades shirt and his first PL appearance in red and white, Burke did well. Showed pace, power, and laid a superb ball into the path of Chris Basham that won United the penalty. More to come.
Ethan Ampadu – 7
Assured, calm, good on the ball, everything we had heard about Ampadu seems correct. Lost possession a few times but only because he was trying to force the issue.
Oli McBurnie – 5
Didn’t have too long to impact the game but battled away as usual against the towering Villa defence.
Ben Osborn – 5
Provided energy into the second half which was needed but like McBurnie, had little influence on the game.