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HARRY Maguire caused quite a storm with his suggestion in The Star that Sheffield United might go through the season unbeaten.

The 18-year-old centre-back says invincibility is the target for his Bramall Lane team-mates.

The sentiment was warmly received by Blades’ optimists, but attracted some scepticism from elsewhere.

That disparity was reflected by contributors on Blades’ web pages. “Time for the men in white coats” said Gerimo.

Mike.sufc replied: “Anyone with half a brain can see that he only said: ‘We have to try and keep this unbeaten run going as long as we can. We could go unbeaten all year. Obviously it is a target.’ I don’t see what is naive about that, it’s a good mentality to have.”

An Owls fan waded in with this view: “The Blades have set off like a house on fire and have had a very good start and the Blades do deserve credit for going unbeaten and top of the league.

“Nevertheless, to go unbeaten all season, we will see. It’s not impossible and stranger things can happen.

“Having confidence is good, but don’t get too carried away, because football as a nasty habit of biting you in the bum when you least expect it.

“Things can change very fast. It would be better if we were top of the league, you get the bragging rights.

“However, that’s why I am happy with our steady progress and I am happy to be around the top six until Christmas time.

“We need to have a good Christmas and then push on. All this bragging may come back to haunt you.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday’s injury problems, reported in yesterday’s Star, has attracted some attention for correspondents on our site.

NottsOwls remarked: “Rest the injured players and a big credit to (Clinton) Morrison he has been playing with passion I hope now he gets more goals and if we can afford him bring in (Ben) Marshall he has played well. I hope the fans turn out on Saturday and (Wednesday) still get rid of the dead wood.”

But s2BlAdE4LiFe reminded rivals across the city that United have got to the second-spot without “Morgan, France, Evans, Ertl, Taylor, McDonald, Monty.”

Meanwhile, JessTemps on MillersMad says farewell to the retiring Ian Thomas-Moore. “He was training with Stockport, surprised they haven’t took a punt on him. Still worth a shot in our league. He never really stood a chance with us though, with how some of the fan base felt about his old man.”