Fans View: Promising signs for new United season

Sheffield United v Fenerbahce SK  31.7.14  Pic : Martyn Harrison Neill Collins - Sheffield United 2ND GOAL cele  � copyright :  BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United v Fenerbahce SK 31.7.14 Pic : Martyn Harrison Neill Collins - Sheffield United 2ND GOAL cele � copyright : BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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All the major bookmakers agree that Sheffield United are clear favourites to take the League One title, the odds being generally 5/1 or 11/2.

Nigel Clough apparently doesn’t think we should be, but then who else could it be with Preston, Bristol City, Peterborough, Orient, Barnsley, MK Dons and Doncaster Rovers also expected to feature.

The impact had on the team is, of course, the reason for United’s favouritism, but the huge turnover of staff surely brings a mountain of unknowns. Gone are three of our best players - Maguire, Brayford, Coady - and in are a mixture of players proven at this level and some that are not.

But how they integrate with those already here will be the difficult part. At least the squad looks deep in all areas except full back and goalkeeper. Competition for places in central midfield will be intense, and it’s hard to work out whom Clough will favour.

Out wide we are well stocked with experience and youth, and there are several vying for a couple of places up front.

In central defence positions look strong, with Neill Collins and Andy Butler, backed up by Terry Kennedy and Harrison McGahey, the latter’s similarity to Harry in name (and hopefully in play) helping us to forget our former defender.

Overall the signs are promising and whatever happens early on, United will be in a better position after ten games than they were a year ago.

But that’s as far as my predictions go!