BBC Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas has admitted he was shocked at what he saw from Sheffield United at Chelsea yesterday.
The Blades wimpered to a 4-1 defeat and it could have been at Stamford Bridge, if truth be told. Timo Werner missed a glorious chance, while Chelsea also dominated from wide areas.
It was an uncharacterstic performance from United. Arguably, it is the first time we’ve almost see a Blades side give up under Chris Wilder, something of a worry for Blades fans.
And Jenas, who was analysing the Blades last night, admitted there are signs of ‘panic’ for United.
“Injuries have really hurt them and the new players are struggling, but as a whole on Saturday they were nowhere near it in terms of competing,” Jenas said.
“There’s a lot of panic in the team. They started well but they just got worse and worse. They weren’t conceding simple goals last season and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Chris Wilder has got a lot of work to do.”
Jenas’ comments will hit the nail on the head for some Blades fans. It was a worrying performance and Wilder now faces a big two weeks before the players return from international duty.
A huge period for Wilder
We all know about the game at Millwall when Wilder stopped at the off-license for some beers to raise spirits.
You get the impression he might have been looking to do the same last night. Something is missing at the moment, and not just in terms of quality. The fight is going a bit, there was almost an acceptance last night that the game was out of reach.
This is a big period for the Blades boss now. A massive two weeks in which our season could be made or broken.