BBC pundit Garth Crooks has had one of his first says of the season on Sheffield United after become infamous with the Blades followers last season after a number of, let’s say dodgy, comments.

Crooks called out United for playing what he called ‘basic’ football and just never seemed to see the bigger picture with the Blades.

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He was among a number of pundits to have a negative outlook on Chris Wilder’s side last term. However, speaking in his BBC column where he selects his team of the week, Crooks has admitted he is ‘warming’ to United, but insists we need to start pushing on.

“As for the Blades, they have been a tad unfortunate in the games I’ve seen so far,” Crooks said.

“However if they intend to survive in the Premier League this season then they can’t start feeling sorry for themselves. Especially now that I’m just starting to warm to them.”

A spirited United display at Anfield ended up with no points once again for the Blades, who are now five defeats from six this term.

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The next two games see tricky clashes with Manchester City and then Chelsea, before another international break gives Chris Wilder a bit more time to work with some of the newer players in the ranks.

Dare I say it…Crooks is…right?

I was very vocal in my disagreement with Crooks last season in terms of some of the things he came out with. He seemed to have it in for us for one reason or another while some of his comments were just wide of the mark.

But he’s right here. We need to just keep plugging away and battle on and stick to our guns. Performances have picked up a bit but not many go to Anfield and win. Likewise, we won’t be expected to win this weekend.

In reality, our season probably starts in November, when we have a more favorable run of games we can get our teeth into.

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