Leicester City 5 Sheffield United 0 LIVE: Heckingbottom's reaction after nightmare start to post-Wilder era

Sheffield United begin the post-Chris Wilder era this afternoon when they travel to Leicester City.

By Danny Hall
Sunday, 14th March 2021, 4:05 pm

Paul Heckingbottom will take charge of the Blades, assisted by Alan Knill and Jason Tindall. Keep up to date with all the key moments from the King Power Stadium in our live blog.

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Billy Sharp of Sheffield United looks dejected after heavy defeat at Leicester City (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby - Pool/Getty Images)

Leicester City 5 Sheffield United 0

Last updated: Sunday, 14 March, 2021, 17:11

  • United make three changes, with Basham, Burke and Sharp returning, while David McGoldrick (knee) misses out
  • Iheanacho put City ahead five minutes before half-time
  • Perez made it two before Iheanacho added a third and later made it a hat-trick

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Brendan Rodgers was pleased with his Leicester side’s ruthlessness as they put sorry Sheffield United to the sword in a 5-0 rout less than 24 hours after Chris Wilder’s Bramall Lane departure was officially confirmed.

Heckingbottom on Chelsea quarter-final next weekend

In the short term, we’ve got a quarter-final which is ideal for the players, what an opportunity. It’s a great game after the week they’ve had, those chances don’t come round often and we have to grasp that. In thew longer term, we have to change the fortunes of the club, after a period of sustained success with one of the best managers the club’s ever had.

Paul Heckingbottom’s reaction to 5-0 defeat at Leicester

“It was a difficult one to watch, to be involved in and then an emotional dressing room to be in at the end. It’s topped off a difficult week for a lot of people, that,” Heckingbottom said.

“I’m not going to say what’s been said but it’s an emotional time, Chris is a mate and brought me to the club. For everyone in the dressing room he was their leader and someone they shared a lot of good times and success with, and it’s the end of all that. It’s an emotional time for everyone.

“Leicester were ruthless, but there was a lot of habits from our boys which that success hasn’t been built on. I think the week has taken its toll and the effects of that could be seen.”

Brendan Rodgers’ reaction to Leicester 5, Blades 0

Patience was going to be important, there were two similar systems but we had good speed in our passing, our defending was good and we didn’t give them too much time to settle. And when we had the ball, we worked it well.

We reiterated at half-time, keep the simplicity in our game and keep them running. Then we got the second, and you see the confidence grow.

When he [Vardy] is at his best, he’s moving and threatening the back line constantly. He was unfortunate, he had to come in when he wasn’t quite up to full fitness because we had no choice, but the combination of the front three was outstanding. He may not have scored but he was very influential for us.

Even through they’ve lost a number of games this season, they’ve all been fairly tight so you have to work them to break through. I enjoyed watching the team, we were aggressive in defence and were good in that aspect and then some of our football was very good. We played well.

That was something that would be important, you’ve got to be focused on your own performance and can’t worry about the opponent too much. Chris has done an amazing job there and his ambitions of where he wanted to take the club has probably hit a ceiling, but we knew they’d be competitive because they’re honest and true to the game.

and the scoreline tells the story. Stick with us for player ratings and reaction from a game to forget as United start the post-Wilder regime in the worst possible way

Booking for Lundstram

as he catches Tielemans on the follow-through - Peter Bankes shows the yellow card

Good block from Bryan

to prevent it becoming 6-0 - the resulting corner is flicked on and Evans is inches away from adding a sixth

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