Burnley manager Sean Dyche has praised Sheffield United after his side beat them on Tuesday night.
The Blades lost their 14th Premier League match in 16 attempts as Ben Mee scored the only goal of the game at Turf Moor.
Chris Wilder’s team are still searching for their first win and have just two points at the bottom of the table.
It’s the worst start in English top flight history and makes relegation almost seem inevitable before the halfway point of the season.
Yet Dyche – who is a friend of Wilder’s – feels the visitors showed enough in Lancashire to suggest they can turn things around.
“I’m a big fan of Chris and what he does, but also his team,” the Clarets boss told Sky Sports.
“People talk about them having not won a game and of course, it’s a fact. But they’re fighting, without a shadow of a doubt.
“I don’t mean that with disrespect. They’re fighting with their legs and their energy, but they’re also fighting with a bit of quality.”
Does Burnley boss Sean Dyche have a point?
The defeat to Burnley was the 11th time already this term that United have lost by one goal.
The only occasions they have been truly outclassed were during 3-0 and 4-1 losses to Southampton and Chelsea respectively.
Yet despite the superior possession (63 percent) and shots (10 compared to eight), the Blades never really looked like scoring.
And this is where the problem lies. Wilder’s side are the lowest scorers in the division, averaging just 0.5 a game.
While they’re not being steamrollered in matches, they also never genuinely look like winning.
They’re drifting towards relegation. Dyche says they show fight, but we think there is a distinct lack of it.
This is the sternest test of Wilder’s managerial career and he has some big decisions to make.