There’s no getting away from the fact that this season has been nothing short of a disaster for Sheffield United.
The Blades are without a win in ten Premier League games, with just a single point to their name thanks to a rescued result against Fulham.
A loss at West Brom this past weekend was hard to take. United, with 22 shots on goal, once again failed to score and now sit six points from safety after seeing Fulham surprisingly beat Leicester.
Indeed, the Foxes are this weekend’s opponents, as Wilder’s men look to get December off to the best possible start.
And speaking of December, United will be hoping that a repeat of last season is on the cards to kickstart the campaign. A tough run awaits, with games against Leicester, Southampton, and Man United in there, as well as a Boxing Day clash with Everton.
Taking heart from last year
Obviously, this season is a different kettle of fish.
The lack of fans, injuries to big players, and certain individuals not hitting the heights of last term, all contributing to our poor run.
But United were superb last December. The Blades cashed in with three wins, including two away from home, while they drew with both Wolves and Watford. The only defeats came against Man City away (in which Lys Mousset had a goal ruled out) and an off night against Newcastle.
11 points was a great return. And what United would give to come out of December with that points haul as things stand.
On paper, all three away games are ‘winnable’. Brighton, Burnley, and Southampton – despite their form – all not the most intimidating of away days. Home ties with Man Utd, Everton, and this weekend, Leicester, are tough but the players should relish being at The Lane.
Taking 11 points again would give us a fighting chance at the very least.
And if anything, it’s something the United players should look back on and remember just how they can rack the points up when necessary.