Sheffield United's Premier League return and TV times; Dean Henderson latest and Man City case: The best Blades stories you might have missed this week

We’re whizzing back to Premier League action and there’s been plenty of news coming out of Bramall Lane this week ahead of ‘Project Restart’ coming to fruition.

Sunday, 7th June 2020, 12:35 pm

So just in case you might have missed anything, here’s a handy round-up of the big Sheffield United stories from the last seven days…

TV TIMES

Arguably the biggest news this week surrounded the announcement of the fixtures schedule and broadcasting. United of course will kick things off on June 17 against Aston Villa and following that, there’s an absolute feast of football.

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Sheffield United manager Chris WIlder has ramped up the Blades preparations ahead of the return of the Premier League (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

COVID-19 TESTING

The latest testing results of Premier League players and staff have made for encouraging reading in the week it was confirmed that Sheffield United would open Project Restart on June 17.

BACK TO THE LANE

Sheffield United took the decision to hold a training session at Bramall Lane rather than the Steelphalt Academy complex as part of a strategy Chris Wilder has devised ahead of the return of football.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RACE

Legal proceedings involving Man City which will decide if Sheffield United can gain entry into next season’s Champions League by finishing fifth in the Premier League table are set to begin.

UNITED’S VICTORY

They might have lost the battle to prevent teams from using five substitutes during the remainder of the season. But when it came to ‘Project Restart’ - ensuring the campaign was completed rather than prematurely curtailed - Bramall Lane’s negotiation team and their like-minded allies certainly won the war.

DEANO’S FUTURE

Sheffield United could be forced to wait until August before learning if Dean Henderson can return to Bramall Lane next term, as talks about the goalkeeper’s future continue behind the scenes.

UNITED HAVE BIG FANS

Chris Wilder was still delighted to discover, during conversations with fellow managers, how his players have gained admirers during the coronavirus lockdown.

SHARP BLADES

Sheffield United and other clubs who followed strict fitness programmes during lockdown should not be penalised because others have failed to demonstrate the same level of professionalism, a Blades player has insisted, after endorsing the Premier League’s decision to return to action later this month.

LOOKING BACK

We had stories about a few former Blades who spoke about their time at Bramall Lane

OLI’S UP FOR IT

Oli McBurnie believes Sheffield United will see the best of him when the Premier League returns to action next month, insisting he now feels mentally and physically equipped to trouble the country’s best defences.

AND FINALLY…

Our football writers got together this week to record a podcast, wrapping up the latest Wednesday and United news plus we finish our combined Sheffield XI from the past 30 years