'A player worth keeping', 'Couldn't affect the game' - Sheffield United player ratings from 1-0 defeat at Wolves

Sheffield United were officially relegated from the Premier League tonight, when they lost 1-0 at Wolves despite a spirited display at Molineux.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 10:17 pm
Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale can't hide his anguish - Jason Cairnduff/PA Wire.

Willian Jose scored the decisive goal in the second half to put the final nail in United’s coffin, although relegation has been on the cards for some time.

Here’s how we rated United’s players at Molineux tonight.

Aaron Ramsdale 7

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Wasn't forced into making a save until after half-time when he gathered Ait-Nouri's shot at the second attempt. Made a big stop with eight or so minutes remaining when he blocked Saiss's shot with his body, which kept United in the game at that point and gave them hope that they could get back in the game

George Baldock 6

Constantly looked to get involved offensively down the right hand side, with a number of crosses into the box. Broke away at speed late on after Ramsdale's big save, but his pass to Burke was overhit and the chance went begging

Ethan Ampadu 6

One first-half mistake aside, he was sound defensively and looked to get involved going forward as well, overlapping Baldock whenever the opportunity arose. Made way for Bogle with a few minutes left

John Egan 6

Left badly exposed by Bryan's rash decision to go after the ball in the build-up to Wolves' opener, leaving him one-on-one with Traore who crossed for Jose to score. Looked to be struggling after taking a knock, only a few games after making his return from injury. Good block to deny Traore in injury time

Kean Bryan 6

Recalled at the expense of John Lundstram, Bryan was left one-on-one with Adama Traore - not a situation any defender wants to be in - early on, but he did brilliantly to stand up and then block the shot. But blotted his copybook with some rash defending in lead-up to Wolves' opening goal

Enda Stevens 6

Set up a good chance for his old Irish pal McGoldrick with a clever clipped ball over the top, but the striker couldn't make the most of the opportunity. Had a good one of his own in the second half, but he fired at a defender and 30 seconds later the ball was in United's net. Nearly scored a stunner to get United back into it but Patricio tipped his right-footed thunderbolt over the bar

Ollie Norwood 7

Did superbly well to clear Boly's flicked effort off his own goalline, heading it against the crossbar and into Ramsdale's arms. Forced a smart save from Patricio, even if the goal wouldn't have counted anyway after Mousset was flagged offside. Broke up play well and used the ball neatly, too

Ben Osborn 7

Excellent early cross caused Wolves some headaches in defence and he was again terrier-like in midfield, giving United a real energy that they have lacked recently in the middle of the park. A player definitely worth keeping for the Championship next season

John Fleck 7

Shook off a tight groin to make his 200th appearance in United colours and always looked to try and drive United forward, not being afraid to shoot from distance and also track his man going the other way

Rhian Brewster 5

Made a rare start for the Blades and saw yellow for a foul on Ait-Nouri when the former Liverpool man felt he was the player wronged - the Wolves man certainly went over the ball but VAR didn't see enough to intervene after a check. Couldn’t affect the game enough and will be looking forward to an easier time of things in the Championship next season

David McGoldrick 5.5

United's top scorer had a good sight of goal when he latched onto Stevens' clipped pass, but he tried to fashion a better angle to shoot and the chance went begging.

Subs

Lys Mousset 5

Came on for Brewster and his clever pass set up a chance for Norwood, but he had strayed into an offside position

Oli Burke 5

Replaced Osborn to try and stretch the Wolves defence

Jayden Bogle n/a

Came on for Ampadu as United sought a way back into the game