Dean Henderson and Man Utd; John Fleck's revelation; Sander Berge and a retiring Blade: The best Sheffield United stories you might have missed this week
The proposed return of footballl in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic cranked up a little bit this week with insessant talk of how, why, where and when we are going to see any action.
‘Project Restart’ has thrown up some stories in itself, but it hasn’t all been about that and as usual we’ve been bringing you the best Sheffield United coverage every single day, covering all bases.
There’s a fair chance that you may have missed some of it along the way, so here’s your weekly round-up of the top United stories from the past week by our team of Blades writers.
WHAT WILL BECOME OF DEAN HENDERSON?
Sheffield Wednesday: Unsavoury scenes as George Byers and Jamie Smith clash after Peterborough United substitution
Sheffield United: Loan bids received for attacking duo
Sheffield Wednesday: Reece James apologised to teammates - will be fined after red card
‘100% frustration’ – What Sheffield Wednesday’s Darren Moore said on George Byers touchline fracas
“That’s intentional” – Sheffield Wednesday claim Peterborough United man should have been sent off moments after Reece James red
One Blades player has dominated the football news agenda this week due to the potential controversy that could arise from football’s return. Dean Henderson is, of course, on loan from Manchester United and given Chris Wilder’s side have become a direct rival to the Red Devils for a European place a cynic might suggest they could recall the keeper to harm the Blades chances. His loan deal is due to end next month.
Fresh stories emerged that the hierarchy at Old Trafford were concerned about extending Henderson’s contract and James Shield wrote about what that means for Sheffield United and why it should be taken as a compliment in some ways.
Chris Wilder had his say on the subject earlier this week, too. Danny Hall reports on the manager saying he thinks it would be ‘morally correct’ for him to stay at Bramall Lane.
And James followed that up with this…
Of course, it’s been a major talking point as Henderson – widely regarded as a future England No 1 – sees his stock continue to rise. To that end, former players were having their say, with a former England international backing up the claim by Wilder that the right thing to do would be for Manchester United to allow Henderson to stay put.
Finally on this subject, James wrote this on why there’s such a fuss in the first place...
SHEFFIELD UNITED AND ‘PROJECT RESTART’
The potential return of football obviously doesn’t come without its problems and one of those centres around whether players actually feel comfortable getting back to action. Earlier this week James spoke to Wilder who gave his view on those in his squad who have concerns with playing again.
And the view of the club doctor was also explained HERE
THE TALK BEHIND JOHN FLECK’S SUPERB SEASON
Midfielder John Fleck was interviewed this week and he gave an insight into the reasons why his first Premier League campaign has been such a success.
Fleck also offered his opinion on Dean Henderson, telling us what the keeper is like behind the scenes.
Earlier this week we learned that injury has got the better of a Blades player and he is expecting to have to retire this summer, as a result
And on that, in his column, James wrote about how it seems strange that, in a squad stuffed to the gills with inspiring characters, a player who barely featured in United’s first team is possibly among the most inspirational of them all.
BIG MONEY, BIG TALKING POINT, BIG PLAYER
Sander Berge’s arrival for a huge fee in January continues to be a big issue. Some have said United fans have yet to see anywhere near the best of him, while others are concerned that they won’t. WIlder had this to say on the subject…
TRANSFERS, CONTRACTS AND WARNINGS
We would, of course, in normal circumstances be coming towards the end of the season and that means contracts talks, released players and the rumour mill cranking into action and a look towards next year’s campaign. However, things are very different now.
This week Wilder said he wouldn’t be taking any notice of those who suggest that qualifyig for Europe would be a hindrance.
Wilder also admitted United must be flexible in the transfer market as Premier League clubs continue to grapple with the financial challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.
And there was also a chilling warning around what the market might be like this summer with United told they will be unable to exploit any collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic because of the huge financial challenges facing all Premier League clubs.
THE LIGHTER SIDE...
United have shown their support to local NHS staff by erecting giant posters of two Blades-supporting medical professionals on the side of their Bramall Lane stadium.
With German football set to resume, James went through the league to show which Bundesliga club Blades fans should be following, telling us who each club compare to in the Premier League
This past week marked a special anniversary – BLADES GLORY – OWLS DOWN. Chris Wilder offered Danny his memories from that glorious day, 30 years ago
Two young Sheffield United fans have come up with a novel way of getting their Blades fix, and alleviating a bit of lockdown boredom in the process.