Former Liverpool defender and now Sky Pundit, Jamie Carragher, has had his say about the Sheffield United season so far.
Carragher, who was speaking to Sky yesterday and giving each team a grade for their performance so far, handed the Blades a D.
It was a fair assessment from the former England man. But rather than criticise the Blades, Carragher picked out one of the biggest problems United were facing, and likened it to his very own Liverpool.
“It can’t be a great mark for anyone near the bottom. I think they are one of the teams – and if effects Liverpool as well – certain teams are affected more by no crowd being in there, and Sheffield United are one of them,” he said.
“I used to love going there last season with the energy. It has been a huge miss and I think given where they were last season and the drop off, you’d have to give them a D.”
The Blades have picked up of late, with five wins from seven in all competitions, including a memorable win at Man United.
Chris Wilder’s men face a huge task in avoiding the drop. However, despite no January signings, the mood has changed significantly in recent weeks and there’s every chance United can improve on Carragher’s mid-season assessment come June.
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Interestingly, despite sitting above United, Carragher opted to give West Brom an E grade in his assessment.
That on its own suggests that pundits feel the Blades have a better chance of survival than the Baggies, who are struggling to get going under Sam Allardyce.
United will simply keep going. A big game with Chelsea awaits this weekend where anything other than a defeat will be seen as a bonus point.