Sheffield United Recap: FA Cup semi-final memories, latest on manager search and youngsters shine again

Amongst the fall-out from yet another Premier League defeat for Sheffield United’s first team at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday, there was at least a glimmer of good news as their promising U23s secured yet another victory in their quest to win their own league title amongst the doom and gloom circling around Bramall Lane.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 7:00 pm

Two goals in three minutes in the second half, from wing-backs Harry Boyes and Femi Seriki, sealed the points for United’s youngsters away at Cardiff, despite Sam Graham being sent off after the break.

Zak Brunt registered two more assists, which will intensify calls for him to be handed a chance in the Premier League at the expense of John Lundstram when United travel to Wolves this weekend.

Elsewhere, here’s what else is going off at Bramall Lane…

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“Yeah, good one,” Kenny laughed, and hung up.

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