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Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 8:10 pm

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Sheffield United LIVE: Updates and the latest Blades news

Last updated: Tuesday, 04 February, 2020, 17:24

Sheffield United take on AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane this weekend

We could see a couple of new signings make their debut

Berge outlines European ambitions

Fjørtoft on why he believes Berge will thrive at the Lane

Young Blades net late equaliser to draw with Barnsley under-23s

Former Spurs star believes United can make top four

Ex-United star appointed Bradford boss

Genk reveal they wanted to keep Berge 'at all costs'

Bilic impressed with loan man Callum Robinson

Blades star singled out by Shearer

VAR's impact on United's season

This just shows the depth of United's squad now!

Jose and Frank think so... can the Blades really qualify for European football?

Who doesn't love new boot day?

United will be keeping a close eye on events in South Wales tonight

'United shouldn't be anywhere near the top five or six'

Former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore says Sheffield United 'shouldn't be anywhere near the top five or six' in the Premier League.

Collymore made his comments about United in his Mirror column in which he highlights how Jurgen Klopp's remarkable unbeaten run this season must be set against a drop in quality in the top flight.

The Merseysides are currently 22 points ahead of defending champions Manchester City and could secure their first title for 30 years as early as mid-March - while United are riding high in sixth place in their first season in the Premier League after an absence of 12 years.

But Collymore says the reason for United this season - and Wolves last year - riding high is not because smaller clubs are getting better but due to the likes of City, Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal not being 'as good as they were'.

And he wrote 'there’s no way the Blades or Wolves will finish in the top four, they’re just teasing us with it now'.

 "Sheffield United are a decent team but they shouldn’t be anywhere near the top five or six," he wrote.

"In the mid-to-late 90s, with the season they have had they would have been 12th or 13th, and that would have been seen as a good season."

Chris Wilder has guided Sheffield United to within five places of a Champions League place.

How VAR has 'damaged' United's season

How VAR has impacted Sheffield United's season.

We all know United haven’t enjoyed VAR’s introduction too much this season - but even disgruntled fans may be surprised to hear just how damaging it has been for the Blades.

More HERE

Blades star singled out by Alan Shearer

Over two-thirds of football fans say VAR makes football less enjoyable

Bilic sings Robinson's praises

Callum Robinson joined West Brom on loan from Sheffield United last week.

West Brom chief Slaven Bilic has revealed why he was so impressed with Callum Robinson's debut after signing him from United last week.

Read HERE

Why Sunday's opponents have a huge selection headache

'We wanted to keep Sander at all costs'

Belgian side Genk have revealed they wanted to keep Sander Berge 'at all costs' before allowing the Norwegian midfielder to complete his £22m move to Sheffield United.

Berge put pen to paper on a four-and-half-year deal with United on Thursday - but the Jupiler Pro League side's sporting director Dimitri De Condé says his club believed they could keep the 21-year-old star until the summer.

"We wanted to keep Sander at all costs until the summer. It seemed we would succeed. But before Gent game (on January 26), the case gained momentum. In terms of timing, it couldn’t be worse,” De Condé said, speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg.

“That Saturday we were very dismissive of his departure. But on Monday we sat down with him, his father and his management.

“[We had] a very respectful conversation and the conclusion was: it is better that we say goodbye now."

Berge was initially linked with United last summer but media reports in Belgium suggested the player vetoed any potential move with the Blades tipped to be facing a relegation battle.

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Sander Berge joined Sheffield United for a club record £22m from Belgian side Genk.

Former Blade Stuart McCall appointed Bradford City manager - for a third time!

Former Sheffield United midfielder and coach Stuart McCall has been appointed as the new Bradford City manager - returning to the League Two side for his third spell at the helm to replace the sacked Gary Bowyer.

McCall played 71 games for the Blades between 2002 and 2005 and was part of Neil Warnock's squad which reached the First Division play-off final against Wolves at the Millennium Stadium in 2003. McCa

'You can't write them off' - Darren Bent on United's Champions League chances

Former Spurs and England striker Darren Bent believes United can make the top four this season.

Former Spurs and England striker Darren Bent believes Sheffield United could be playing Champions League football next season.

Chris Wilder's side are sitting pretty in sixth place in the Premier League, just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, in their first campaign in the top flight since 2007.

And speaking on talkSPORT's Drive show on Monday, Bent said he believed there was no reason why United can't continue their fine form and says finishing in the top four is not out of the question.

"They're going about their business fantastically well and you can't write them off," he said. 

"I know people are saying no (they won't finish in the top four), but I think that's snobbery and (some are) thinking 'Sheffield United, they can't be in the Champions League - they don't deserve to be there'.

"But they do deserve to be there because look where they are in the table. Look at their results and look at the way they have been playing."

Bent, who scored four goals in 13 appearances for England, also praised the United players for buying into Wilder's revolutionary tactical philosophy - including the famed over-lapping central defenders system. 

"One thing about them is that they are so fit and they run and they work hard," said Bent.

"I've never seen a bunch of players really produce the goods for a manager and really want to work hard for him and believe in what he is doing."

Former Spurs star believes United CAN qualify for Champions League

Former Spurs and England striker Darren Bent says Sheffield United, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, CAN qualify for next season's Champions League.

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