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Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 1:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:16 pm

We’ll bring you all the latest news and regular updates from the Lane as Blades boss Chris Wilder steps up preparations for this weekend’s home game with West Ham United.

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Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Photo: Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images.

SUFC LIVE: Latest updates from the Blades camp ahead of West Ham clash

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 November, 2020, 18:18

  • Build-up to this weekend’s clash with West Ham
  • Blades star backed to deliver for Scotland
  • England U21 boss expects Ramsdale to find his form

A bit of an early-evening blast from the past

The man in the middle

Could fans return to Bramall Lane soon?

That’s the hope that’s been raised today after a ‘productive’ meeting between the government and football officials - read all about it here

Hopes raised over Sheffield United fans' return to Bramall Lane after 'constructive' talks between government and football leaders

Supporters of Sheffield United could finally return to Bramall Lane as early as next month, according to a report in the Daily Mail today.

From tackling forwards to tackling fires . . .

Fireman Tom Cowan on life after Sheffield United with Dave Bassett, being spat on at Rangers and feeling the ire of Brian Clough

It was break time at the Birley fire station in south-east Sheffield and when the conversation inevitably turned to football, all eyes were suddenly trained on one man in the mess room.

LISTEN: What our man Danny Hall got up to during lockdown and missing his grandmother

"I wrote Paddy Kenny’s autobiography - and I'm missing my grandmother!" says Sheffield United reporter Danny Hall

On today’s ‘Lockdown Conversations' podcast, Sheffield United reporter Danny Hall talks about life in lockdown – writing Paddy Kenny’s autobiography and missing his grandmother.

Rangers legend backs McBurnie to ‘kick on’ for Scotland

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson leaps to the defence of Sheffield United and Scotland striker Oli McBurnie following 'joke' criticism

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has leapt to the defence of Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie after the Scotland striker’s goalless run for the national team stretched to 14 games following their defeat against Slovakia.

More on Boothroyd’s backing for United stopper

England U21 boss backs Aaron Ramsdale to overcome 'tough' start with Sheffield United

England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd has backed United stopper Aaron Ramsdale to find his form after experiencing a ‘tough’ start to the new Premier League season - saying ‘he is going to be a top goalkeeper’.

Boothroyd backs Ramsdale to find his form

England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd has backed United stopper Aaron Ramsdale to find his form after experiencing a “tough” start to the Premier League season - saying ‘he is going to be a top goalkeeper’.

Ramsdale, who returned to Bramall Lane from relegated AFC Bournemouth for £18.5m in the summer, is yet to keep a clean sheet for the bottom-of-the-table Blades.

The 22-year-old will be rested for tonight’s final Euro 2021 qualifier against Albania at Molineux with Stoke City’s Josef Bursik, who is on loan at Doncaster Rovers - but Boothroyd insisted Ramsdale is still his first choice man between the posts.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

He said: “Joe is going to start he game but I spoke to Aaron at length and let me be clear he is on our number one, on and off the pitch. He is a brilliant guy to have around.

“He has had a bit of a tough time at the minute but I’m sure him and his club will turn the corner.

“He has got exactly the right character, he is going to be a top goalkeeper and we are really lucky to have him.”

Early team news . . .

West Ham United could be without a trio of star men - including ex-Wednesday man - when they face Sheffield United this weekend

West Ham United will not gamble on the fitness of Michail Antonio when they travel to Sheffield United this weekend, despite hoping that the former Sheffield Wednesday forward would recover from a hamstring injury in time to face Chris Wilder's side.

In The Star today . . .

'It's pelters' - Pundit weighs in on criticism of 'desperate' Sheffield United talent

Former Hibernian midfielder Tam McManus has weighed in on the current debate surrounding Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie.

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