Sheffield United lost 3-0 to Newcastle United yesterday and former striker, Keith Edwards, believes that one area of the field is letting the Blades down.
Chris Wilder’s men succumbed with ease to the Magpies for the second time this season. Barring a snatched Billy Sharp volley and then a missed header from the United striker, the Blades once again created little.
At the defensive end, the Blades seemed worried by Almiron and Saint-Maximin all game, while Joelinton even managed to get his name in the goalscoring act.
And speaking following the game on BBC Radio Sheffield, former goal-getter Edwards believes it’s United’s midfield who need to step up to the plate.
“They look too comfortable and aren’t playing with conviction”, Edwards said.
“There are too many sidewards passes, backwards passes, playing it out wide, get it back, play it back out wide. They need to concentrate more on moving the ball forward and feeding the strikers a lot more”.
Both Oli McBurnie and Sharp have had little to feed off in the two games since the PL returned. Indeed, even the return of John Fleck brought nothing to the table yesterday.
Manager Chris Wilder will be hoping for a much-improved display at Old Trafford this week. A number of changes are expected, with Dean Henderson and John Egan two more enforced on Wilder.
Is Edwards right in his assessment? In a nutshell, he probably is – Our view
Edwards is a long-serving member of the BBC Sheffield team. He can often divide fan opinion but on this occasion, he makes a very valid point about the midfield.
There was too many nothing passes. Worryingly against Newcastle, there were way too many wayward passes. That in itself was a concern and a big reason why the game was lost.
The issue United have is they don’t have much room for change. Some fans want Sander Berge deployed where Oli Norwood plays. This would surely lead to John Lundstram coming back in at Old Trafford.
Another option would be to play David McGoldrick as more of a number 10, like Mark Duffy did last season.
However, Wilder will likely stick with his players. He’s not, after all, going to chuck them under a bus after one really bad performance all season.