Didn't deserve to lose, sauntered back - Sheffield United player ratings from Leeds United defeat

Sheffield United endured the familiar feeling of defeat this afternoon as they went down 2-1 to Leeds United at Elland Road.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 6:02 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 6:04 pm

United gave themselves half a chance when Ben Osborn equalised on the stroke of half-time, but Phil Jagielka’s own goal proved decisive.

Here’s how United’s players rated in West Yorkshire.

Aaron Ramsdale 8

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Made two good early saves to deny Phillips and Dallas, the first a bigger test than the second, and excelled himself to block Harrison's shot when he looked destined to make it 2-0. Caused United a scare when he looked to hurt his knee saving from Bamford and once again did not deserve to be on the losing side

Jayden Bogle 6

Almost got United back in the game when Fleck found him in the Leeds box, he cut inside Alioski and shot at goal, but Ayling got across to block. Took a stray arm from Alioski on the touchline and looked to be in some trouble as he was withdrawn and gingerly helped off the pitch

George Baldock 6

John Lundstram and David McGoldrick at the final whistle against Leeds: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Started at centre-half again and gave away a free-kick in a dangerous area 10 seconds into the game when he fouled Roberts, but Raphinha put the free-kick over. Was lucky to escape punishment for another foul on Roberts and came off worse in the challenge, receiving lengthy medical treatment before making way late in the first half

Phil Jagielka 6

Kept his place at the heart of defence despite Ethan Ampadu being available again and was unfortunate to score the own goal to put Leeds back in front early in the second half, after Harrison's excellent cross left him no option than to try and intervene

Enda Stevens 6

Lined up on the back of United's back three despite returning early from Republic of Ireland duty and survived a mini-VAR scare when the ball hit his hand in the box early on. Wasn't strong enough in the challenge with Dallas in the build-up to Leeds' first

Ben Osborn 7

Scored his first goal in United colours and deserved it, too, after a half in which he continued to look threatening bombing on from the left wing-back slot. Looked crestfallen at the end of the game and is certainly one player who cares about playing for Sheffield United

Ollie Norwood 6

Struggled to impose himself on the game, but that was more because of Leeds’ relentless pressing and pace in midfield than any mistake he made. Was taken off for Burke as United changed shape in an attempt to get back in the game

John Lundstram 5

Picked up an early booking after bringing down Raphinha as he looked to break away and was slow on his heels as Phillips robbed him in midfield and almost made it 1-0. He at least looked interested in the first half but in the second, his set-pieces were poor and he sauntered back after losing the ball. Would playing, say, Zak Brunt make United any worse off?

Excellent free-kick caused Leeds some problems as Llorente headed over his own bar, and looked to drive United on from midfield when the chance allowed. Did brilliantly in the build-up to Osborn's equaliser and set up a good chance for Bogle, too.

David McGoldrick 6.5

Captained the Blades on his 100th appearance for them and was booked after slipping while performing a Cryuff turn and grabbing the ball, to prevent a Leeds breakaway. Was willing to shoot from distance and dropped deep to link up play

Oli McBurnie 6

Improved in the second half after an indifferent first, holding the ball up well and showing a few nice touches. Will be hoping for an easier ride from opposition defences in the Championship next season

Subs

Ethan Ampadu 7

Came on for Baldock after the defender failed to shake off the after-effects of his collision with Roberts. Did superbly well to win the ball from Bamford as the Leeds man looked for all the world to make it 3-1. Another man who won't be at United next season but hasn't given up yet

Oli Burke 6

Replaced Norwood as United chased a way back into the game and had Meslier scrambling with a couple of late efforts

Rhian Brewster 6

Came on for Bogle and caught a late half-volley very well, but it curled wide of Meslier's goal

John Egan 6

Replaced McBurnie and was straight into the thick of it, racing to cover the breaking Rodrigo before winning the ball from the Leeds man