Sheffield United LIVE: Chelsea boss joins Tottenham Hotspur manager in tipping Blades for Europe; Chris Wilder issues David McGoldrick update

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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, 07:16

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

'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.

Late equaliser helps Blades under-23s secure draw with Barnsley

Sheffield United's under-23s showed plenty of fighting spirit to earn a draw at home to South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley - thanks to an 88th minute own goal by Reds defender Dani Pinillos.

The young Blades had trailed to a first half effort from Alex Wollerton before their efforts were rewarded close to the end when the former Nottingham Forest man deflected Leo Gaxha's low ball into his own net.

United: Amissah, Williams, Boyes, Belehouan, Hall, Gomis, Brunt, Neal, Ompreon (Jebbison 71), Gaxha, Gribbin (York 81).

Unused: S. Kelly, Grant, Brooks.

Fjørtoft believes Chris Wilder will improve Berge's game

Former Blades striker Jan Åge Fjørtoft believes his countryman Sander Berge has made the right move to Bramall Lane.

Berge outlines European ambition

Sander Berge explains why he joined Sheffield United.

Sander Berge has opened up on the reasons he elected to join United, after revealing his ambition is to help seal European football for the Blades next season.

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Good morning, Blades

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