'Basic at any level', 'Faultless throughout' - Sheffield United player ratings from 1-0 defeat at Burnley

Sheffield United’s miserable run of form continued this evening when they lost 1-0 at Burnley.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 8:00 pm

That’s now two points from 16 for the Blades this campaign, continuing their poor results from last season.

But did the scoreline match the performance? Here's our player ratings from the game.

Aaron Ramsdale 7

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Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd looks on dejected during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Andrew Yates/Sportimage

Made a superb save in the opening seconds to deny Ashley Barnes after Wood's knockdown and made an even better one to deny Wood, just before Burnley's opener. Was knocked off-balance by Barnes just before Mee headed home and he was faultless throughout, including his handling and kicking

George Baldock 6

Got himself in good crossing positions consistently in the first half, but his centres were dealt with easily by Mee and Tarkowski. Popped up all over the pitch in the second half as the Blades sought a way back into the game. Saw a second half shot deflected wide after drifting into the middle of the park

Chris Basham 6

Drove United forward brilliantly from right centre-half early on before being pushed into midfield as the game became an attack-versus-defence exercise. May also feel he could have done slightly better with Burnley's goal, but Mee looked to be Ampadu's man

John Egan 6

Superb searching pass found Baldock in space in a dangerous position down the Blades right. Gave the Blades an injury scare when he fell awkwardly after winning a header but continued, and tried to take matters into his own hands at the other end as he turned inside and struck a stinging effort just over on his left foot

Jack Robinson 5

Seemed to be caught out by the flight of the ball as Wood forced Ramsdale into a save, from which Burnley scored their opener. One long throw, that fell about 20 yards short of any United player, rather summed up his evening. Replaced by Fleck

Enda Stevens 6

Fired in an excellent cross in the dying moments of the first half but Mousset couldn't divert it goalwards. Linked up well with McGoldrick and later moved to centre-half when Robinson was replaced. Forced to take a yellow card for the team after he got too tight to Barnes and saw the Burnley man roll him

Ethan Ampadu 5

Poor defending from the corner that led to Burnley's goal as Ben Mee outjumped him to head home - basic at any level, never mind for someone who plays centre-half for his country. For me, is still to show the consistent levels that would be expected for a player of his pedigree

Ben Osborn 6

Put in an industrious shift in midfield initially, but couldn't help provide the spark of invention that United needed to break down a stubborn Burnley side. Later shifted to left wing-back when Fleck replaced Robinson

David McGoldrick 6

One of United's biggest threats in the first half and had their first chance of the second, when he forced Nick Pope to make a save after a lovely passage of play from the away side

Lys Mousset 5

Made his first start of the season after his recent injuries but touched the ball only twice in the first 23 minutes or so of the game. Couldn't sort his feet out in time to adjust as Stevens fired in a quality cross late in the second half and - unsurprisingly, given his lack of game-time - looked a fair way off the pace all evening before he was replaced by Oli Burke

Rhian Brewster 5

Tried to get involved more than in recent weeks and tracked back down the Blades left. Went close to opening the scoring when he headed Ampadu's corner goalwards but Brownhill cleared off the line. Forced Pope into a rare save with a well-struck shot from outside the box and didn't get much change out of Burnley's giant centre-halves at all


John Fleck 6

Came on for Jack Robinson and showed more intensity in his cameo appearance than in recent weeks. Being dropped may motivate him to return to his best form? United will certainly hope so as they look to put a miserable 2020 behind them

Oli Burke 5

Offered United a different angle of attack with his pace. Booked late on for a late tackle on former Blade Lowton

Ollie Norwood n/a

Replaced Ethan Ampadu in midfield