Sheffield United’s atrocious Premier League (PL) campaign continues, as they became the first team since Manchester United back in 1930/31 to lose 11+ top-flight games after 12 opening rounds, and also the first team to gain just one point or less in the same 12-game period in English Football League history since Newport County in 1970/71.
The problems are easy to point out – not only have a league-high 50% of their fixtures witnessed the ‘Blades’ draw at HT then lose the second half, but they’ve also netted a league-low 0.42 goals per PL match. The hosts’ sole point did come at home however, where just one of their six PL home games witnessed a 2+ goal margin, whilst five featured under 2.5 goals.
The fact those home games were surprisingly tight suggests Sheffield can turn their home form around, although here they face a Man United side that’s won all five of their opening away league games for the first time since 1985/86, despite conceding first in every match! In fact Man United’s 3-1 victory in their last PL road trip took their historical PL tally of points collected after coming back from losing positions to 385, more than any other side in PL history.
A mammoth 75% of their point-haul has therefore come on the road, where all five PL away games saw them score 3+ goals. As can be expected from a side which thrives on a comeback, 75% of Man United’s PL away goals arrived in the second half, and 43.75% after the 75th minute.
Sheffield 1-3 Manchester United