LiveSheffield United LIVE: Chris Wilder hails Billy Sharp; Blades linked with Champions League star plus how Dean Henderson has staked a claim to be England's number one
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Last updated: Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 17:18
- United have begun their winter break and will soon head to Dubai
- Billy Sharp has opened up on his Blades future
- Blades season compared to Leicester's title winning triumph
- Henderson eyes England number one spot
- United eyeing move for Champions League star
- Sharp outlines goalscoring hopes
- Chris Wilder pays tribute to United legend
Chris Wilder delivers a message to Sheffield United supporters
Read it HERE
Sheffield United make a statement in the race for Europe
The numbers reveal why Sheffield United didn't want a winter break
What the pundits are now saying about United
Boss will 'let everyone else talk about Europe' - 'I'm just on for the next three points'
Chris Wilder has again refused to discuss the prospect of United qualifying for Europe after they cut the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to just two points.
Wilder hails Sharp's qualities
Billy had offers to leave in January but he wanted to stay. It's been a different type of test, not that I want to put him through a test, but it is, and he showed his reaction. It speaks volumes.
Is Deano really England's number one?
Sharp's bid to go on goalscoring run
Billy Sharp hopes to now go on a run of scoring goals in the Premier League after notching his first top-flight goal at Bramall Lane for Sheffield United at the weekend.
Sharp netted for the second time this season against AFC Bournemouth, following up his equaliser on the opening day of the season with the leveller on Sunday after Callum Wilson had put the Cherries ahead.
And Sharp, who turned 34 in the days leading up to the game, said: "I've been happy with my performances in the last three games and the FA Cup. I was just happy to put the chance away on Sunday. Hopefully I can go on a run now."
Read the full report HERE.
United eyeing move for Nigeria striker - report
United have once again been linked with a move for Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, who plies his trade for Club Brugge in Belgium.
'I’ve got my eyes on the shirt'
United's incredible Premier League return compared to Foxes' miracle title win
Bookies have compared Sheffield United’s achievements this season to Leicester’s heroics when winning the 2015/16 Premier League.
The Blades were 4/5 to be relegated before a ball was kicked this season and are now as high as 750/1 to go down, according to betting trends analysts BonusCodeBets.co.uk.
The 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane moved Chris Wilder's up to fifth in the league - just two points behind Frank Lampard's Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
Remarkably, the Blades were 200/1 to finish in the top six at the start of the season and are now as short as 2/1.
A BonusCodeBets spokesperson said: “What Sheffield United have achieved this season by defying the relegation odds should rightly be compared to Leicester’s title-winning campaign
“They were odds-on to be relegated, and with good reason too, but have shown the Premier League that they are here to compete and as a result are now very short-priced to finish inside the top six to potentially sneak into the Europa League.
"We expected their odds on being relegated to shorten, not drift to within touching distance of 1000/1”
'I'm so proud of my team it's unbelievable'
Former Blade and Star columnist Kevin Gage says he no longer cares where's Chris Wilder's side finish because 'I’m so proud of my team it’s unbelievable. Proud of the way they play, proud of the way they conduct themselves on the pitch, and even very proud of the way they go about their social business off the pitch too!'
Read Gagey's column HERE
Former Ireland striker says Euro campaign is 'last thing' United need
United's incredible form in their first season back in the Premier League since 2007 has earned widespread acclaim from many people within the game - including those who tipped Chris Wilder's men to go down at the beginning of the campaign.
The 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday moved the Blades to within two points of fourth placed Chelsea in the final Champions League spot and, not surprisingly, has led to more talk about European football being played at Bramall Lane next season.
But former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino, writing for The Times, believes qualifying for Europe is 'the last thing' Wilder needs.
"Wilder has performed miracles in his three and a half seasons at the club, taking them from the depths of League One in August 2016 to their present dizzying heights," he writes.
"But he has done it by being realistic about the resources at his disposal and what he wants out of them.
"A Europa League campaign next season is the last thing he needs."