Sheffield United picked up a 1-0 win against Newcastle United to snap the longest ever wait for a victory at the start of a Premier League season.

The Blades had failed to win any of their opening 17 top-flight games this season, losing all but two of those without keeping a clean sheet in any.

Chris Wilder's men were winless in 20 games in the competition stretching back into last season, but they finally got off the mark against Newcastle on Tuesday.

Substitute Billy Sharp converted from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time for his 100th league goal for the club and Newcastle, who had Ryan Fraser sent off in the first half, could not respond.

The south Yorkshire club's 18-game wait for a win at the start of the season is the second longest in English top-flight history, behind only Bolton Wanderers (22 games in 1902-03).

Only Derby County (32) between September 2007 and May 2008, meanwhile, have gone longer between wins in the Premier League era.

The Blades remain bottom of the division and are nine points adrift of safety, but Wilder is hopeful his side can now push on after ending their record-breaking run.

"I'm delighted. I just want to get home to the wife," he told Sky Sports. "It has been a long time coming for a lot of people in this football club, far too long. I am delighted for the players and the supporters.

"Them being down to 10 men and the penalty made it easier but I would be disappointed if that took away from a decent performance.

"I have said all along, we have been competitive in 90 per cent of the games. We have to accept the results have not been good enough.

"It only means something if we build on it. We have to move on from this. There's still a long way to go and a load of points to play for. 

"The season isn't done in January. We have a big task and a huge challenge but, if we keep playing like that, then we can make it interesting."

Kyle Walker admitted the fear of incurring the wrath of his parents was behind his low-key reaction to scoring the winner against Sheffield United. 

The full-back marked his 100th Premier League appearance for Manchester City with a decisive 28th-minute strike from outside the box against his former club at Bramall Lane. 

Having come through the Blades' academy, Sheffield-born Walker's mother and father still live in the city and he did not want to risk angering them. 

"My mum and dad live here, so if I'd celebrated I'd have got a lot of stick," he told BT Sport after Saturday's 1-0 win. "I'm a Sheffield United fan, so I couldn't celebrate. 

"I'm happy to get on the scoresheet and obviously happy to get the three points, which was the main thing coming up here.

"They're well-drilled. Everyone knows their position and they're a tough team to break down, but luckily enough I came up with the goal." 

The visitors were dominant but had to settle for just the one goal, with Aaron Ramsdale in fine form, making seven saves. 

Despite lacking that clinical edge in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Walker took the positives. 

"I'm enjoying my football. We don't sit back and defend," he said. "We want to score three or four, but it's great to get the clean sheet on the board as well. 

"Defensively we've done fantastically well, especially Ruben [Dias] since he's come in. Whoever steps in, they're all going to put in top performances. 

"There was always going to be a hangover [from last season]. It's just what we're dealing with at this moment in time." 

The win alleviates some of City boss Pep Guardiola's frustrations over their league form, with the eight-point yield from the previous five top-flight games representing his worst start to a season. 

Opposite number Chris Wilder's woes deepened, though, as United have now gone seven games without a win at the start of a season for the first time since 1991-92. 

It leaves Wilder still stranded on 99 wins at the helm, having not tasted victory in his last 11 games in all competitions – his longest such streak in management. 

Chris Wilder accused referee Lee Mason of showing a lack of courage by not sending David Luiz off for a professional foul in Sheffield United's 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Luiz tugged Oliver Burke's shirt as the Blades winger tried to race clear after the Arsenal centre-back made an early mistake in the clash at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal's defender was not punished for the incident and the Gunners went on to secure three points courtesy of two goals in the space of three second-half minutes from Bukayo Saka and substitute Nicolas Pepe.

David McGoldrick scored United's first top-flight goal of the season to set up a tense finale, but they were unable to prevent a fourth defeat out of four.

Blades boss Wilder was baffled to see David Luiz escape punishment just a couple of weeks after his defender John Egan was dismissed for grappling with Ollie Watkins in a defeat at Aston Villa.

Asked to compare the two incidents, Wilder replied: "It makes no odds what happened to John Egan because that was a mistake.

"Mike Riley [referees' boss] admitted that to me, and the [Sander] Berge one last week was a mistake too. There was another one today.

"The referee has got to show courage. There are five officials now, I see it and all our staff and subs see it and five people don't. He's pulled his shirt. I'm not clutching at straws or grasping, Oli's shirt has clearly moved.

"All the stuff with VAR was supposed to be about making the right decision, is it the right decision? He pulls his shirt when going through and the decision has got to be made.

"With John Egan, the decision was made there. He didn't go over to look at the screen, and I don't understand why. I'm going to be annoyed and frustrated.

"We're looking for small margins that might help us. I think Luiz should get sent off and I think it's clearer than John's at Villa. When it's not going your way, you look for something to go your way."

The Blades have lost seven games in a row for only the second time in their history, the previous run of that many defeats coming in 1976.

Sheffield United have completed the big-money signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool in a move they hope will improve their fortunes in front of goal.

Brewster, 20, has joined the Blades in a club-record deal worth around £23.5million on a five-year contract.

His arrival comes after Sheffield United recorded a magnificent ninth-place finish in the Premier League last season in their first year after promotion.

Despite a stunning campaign, Chris Wilder's men were not strong in front of goal, a point he acknowledged prior to Sunday's match away at Arsenal. 

"We are always trying to bring better players in," he said. "Looking at what we did last year with chances created, it is an area of the pitch we need to be more clinical and need to bring competition in."


Indeed, only four teams scored fewer than Sheffield United's 39 Premier League goals last season – Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Norwich City, with even relegated Bournemouth netting more.

Most notably, Opta data shows the 258 shots from the Blades was the lowest total of any team in the top flight.

None of their players scored more than six league goals, totals which were reached by Lys Mousset and Oliver McBurnie.

Only Crystal Palace, Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion had a lower shooting accuracy percentage than Sheffield United’s 44.19, while going into the Arsenal game, they have also lost all three of their top-flight games to start 2020-21, failing to score in any of them.

There is clearly a problem which they hope Brewster can solve.


Brewster has long been touted as a player with huge potential and Sheffield United will be hoping he has an instant impact.

He scored 11 goals in 22 league games in an impressive spell on loan at Championship side Swansea City in the second half of last season and has previously thrived in England's youth teams.

Brewster, though, is yet to feature in the Premier League and has just four appearances to his name for the Reds in domestic cup competitions.

That means his early outings at the highest level will be closely watched and not just by Sheffield United fans desperate for him to provide a cutting edge, but also by Liverpool fans after the club reportedly retained a buyback clause that is valid for three years.

Sheffield United have completed the club-record signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.

Brewster has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Bramall Lane in a transfer reported to be worth £23.5million.

According to reports, Liverpool have a buy-back option lasting three years and will receive 15 per cent of any fee if the England Under-21 international is sold elsewhere.

Brewster spent the second half of last season at Swansea City and scored 11 goals in 22 appearances to help propel them into the Championship play-offs.

He performed well in pre-season with Liverpool but, following the arrival of Diogo Jota at Anfield, the Reds have allowed him to move on.

Brewster said: "It feels good to be here and I just can't wait to get started to be honest. There were a few teams who came in but right now Sheffield United is the best option for me.

"Looking at the club, it is on the rise, finishing ninth last year and hopefully it can be better this season. Maybe I can add some goals, I'll work hard and try and help the team to a higher place this year.

"It was good for me [last season at Swansea]. I felt I needed game time, and I scored 11 goals in 22 which was great for me. I am not going to dwell on that though, this is a new season, and I want to come in here and show what I can do, and score goals for Sheffield United.

"I am ready to come in and show everyone what I've got. It is a team that creates a lot of chances, the three at the back, overlapping, they get crosses into the box and that's my game - being in the box, finding space and one and two-touch finishes. That's what I am going to try to do, and try to score goals for Sheffield United."

Blades boss Chris Wilder added: "At the top of the pitch we have one of the country's hottest properties from Liverpool and for him to sign permanent here is fantastic for everyone concerned.

"There has been a lot of interest in him over the summer, a lot of speculation about who we were going for, but he has been our number one target and I am delighted to have secured his services.

"If you look at the signings we have made throughout the summer, it bodes well for the future of the football club. He's a talent, as are a lot of the younger players we have brought in, whether that's Oli Burke, Max Lowe, Jayden Bogle or Aaron Ramsdale, they are the profiles of the players we wanted to bring in during the summer, and we're delighted we have done it.

"He's a natural goalscorer. He finishes from any aspect, whether it is in the air or whether it's spectacular goals, free-kicks or off his shin - he has a lovely habit of scoring goals, which is crucial in the Premier League."

Sheffield United are close to sealing a deal to sign Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster as they prepare to face Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, who has strong admiration for the Blades.

A deal worth £23.5million has reportedly been agreed by Sheffield United and Liverpool, who would retain a sell-on clause on Brewster along with a buyback agreement that will be valid for three years.

Blades boss Chris Wilder could not confirm the deal was done to sign the 20-year-old when he spoke ahead of Sunday's away Premier League match at Arsenal, but suggested talks were at a late stage.

"We have been in negotiations with Liverpool for a while, he has been on our radar and discussions between the player and the club are still ongoing," he said.

"We are down the line and when that happens I can confirm it. We are always trying to bring better players into the group.

"I looked at last season and we have to improve in that area, we have to be more clinical and bring in more competition at the top of the pitch.

"The players are as disappointed as me with the start [to this season] - they don't need a lift but bringing a better player into the group will improve us."

Despite Sheffield United having zero points from their opening three Premier League games, Arteta has long been impressed with their methods.

"Incredible," he said of the job Wilder did when they finished ninth last season.

"I start to analyse his team two years to understand some of the things he was doing and I think him and the coaching staff have done a really, really good job." 

Arteta added: "Not just for the way the play because it is a very clear style, but for the culture they have created around the club, this feeling that you can sense around the team and how they compete.

"I think it is remarkable what they have done. I was told by someone that we had to have a look at them, and I always like to see different trends, different ways of playing, formations, structures, patterns.

"I was impressed with some of the things they were doing. It is always good to have this information.

"The margins in the league of winning, drawing and losing are really small and the details are crucial, but they have generated big chances every game and they've been really unlucky in my opinion not to get anything out of those games.

"The season they had, the way they have evolved as a team since they joined the Premier League, has been unbelievable, the work that the manager has done with the resources they have is remarkable.

"We know how difficult it is to play against them and need to be really alert - we have to play at our best again."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder joked that Gareth Bale should stay at Real Madrid and enjoy the city's "great golf courses".

Bale is heavily linked with a return to Tottenham, the club he left to join Madrid in 2013.

The 31-year-old has won two LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues among numerous other honours with Madrid, but has been frozen out as he seemingly nears a return to Spurs.

But Wilder joked he wanted Bale to stay in Spain, as the attacker's return would only make life harder for his team.

"I said a couple of years ago when we first landed in the Premier League when Eden Hazard was going to Real Madrid that I'd give him a lift to the airport," he told reporters.

"Hopefully Gareth stays in Madrid, it's a lovely place Madrid and there are some great golf courses out there so don't make it any harder for us."

On their return to the Premier League last season, Sheffield United finished ninth in the table and just five points behind sixth-placed Tottenham.

Wilder, whose team face Burnley in the EFL Cup on Thursday, said he was unsurprised Bale wanted to return to England.

"I'm not surprised that he wants to come and play in the Premier League," he said.

"Our experience over the last year has been fabulous and we want more of that and I suppose there'd be a lot of Spurs fans wishing that to happen.

"But I don't think there'd be a lot of Sheffield United fans wishing that to happen because that just causes another problem when we have to play the likes of Tottenham and the other big hitters."

Liverpool dominate the nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Manager of the Season awards for 2019-20.

Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Jordan Henderson, along with team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane, are up for the league's Player of the Season prize.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, Southampton striker Danny Ings and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope are the other nominees.

Alexander-Arnold is also up for the inaugural Young Player of the Season, as are Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

There are four Manchester United players on the shortlist: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp leads the nominees for the Manager of the Season prize, with Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers and Sheffield United's Chris Wilder also selected.

Frank Lampard, who took Chelsea to a fourth-place finish and lost the FA Cup final to Arsenal, is the other nominee.

Each award will be decided through a combination of fan votes and input from a panel of experts.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named the Player of the Season in 2018-19, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has won the manager's accolade for the past two campaigns.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder felt it was unacceptable for goal-line technology to fail after a faulty decision cost his team a Premier League victory.

The Hawk-Eye system did not detect Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland carrying Oliver Norwood's first-half free-kick over the line during Wednesday's match.

As a result, no signal was sent to referee Michael Oliver's watch and, to further compound matters, there was no intervention from the video assistant referee (VAR).

It finished goalless at Villa Park in the first Premier League game for three months after the coronavirus-enforced suspension of football in England.

Three points for the visitors would have moved them above Manchester United into fifth place.

Wilder suggested it might have been the VAR system's biggest mishap yet, joking that Nyland was eight rows back in the Holte End stand when he grabbed the ball.

"I said it before that I wouldn't be surprised if we're one of the first teams to suffer from a VAR decision – and we've possibly suffered from the biggest VAR decision in the history of the Premier League," Wilder said.

Hawk-Eye apologised "unreservedly" to the Premier League and Sheffield United for the error, saying all seven of its cameras around the goal were obstructed by players and a goalpost.

But the failure of VAR to intervene was particularly galling for Wilder, who said: "Why are we not having somebody at Stockley Park looking at that?

"Holding and pausing and getting the right decision. For seven cameras to not work, that's incredible."

Wilder quipped that "somebody at Stockley Park might have gone for a cup of tea", adding: "I think he was about eight rows in when he caught it and dragged it in."

The Blades manager will "take it on the chin" but said that both sets of players and coaching staff, and the scattering of people allowed into Villa Park, "had the feeling that that was a goal".

Norwood, whose delivery into the box was intended as a cross, added on SUTV: "When you look at back at it, you think, 'What's VAR for?', because surely they can say that's a goal if Hawk-Eye isn't working.

"It's like somebody's scared to make a decision either way. It's frustrating, but what can you do?”

Hawk-Eye said in its statement: "The match officials did not receive a signal to the watch nor earpiece as per the goal decision system (GDS) protocol.

"The seven cameras located in the stands around the goal area were significantly occluded by the goalkeeper, defender and goalpost.

"This level of occlusion has never been seen before in over 9,000 matches that the Hawk-Eye goal-line technology system has been in operation."

Sheffield United and Manchester United are in talks over extending Dean Henderson's loan deal to cover next season.

The goalkeeper has excelled for Chris Wilder's side, both in the Championship last season and in the Premier League in 2019-20.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Henderson as his side's future number one, but it appears David de Gea will remain first choice at Old Trafford for now.

Wilder confirmed on Monday that talks are underway and he hopes to have the 23-year-old at Bramall Lane for another year.

"I spoke to Ole yesterday [Sunday] morning and I thanked him for his cooperation with Dean," Wilder said. "We're in the process, in the next couple of days, of finalising Dean staying with us until the end of the season.

"I've got to say, the manager [Solskjaer] was brilliant and has been always with me and our football club. He was very pro Dean staying and delighted in terms of what Dean has produced for us and what we've done for Dean."

Wilder admits he would jump at the chance to sign Henderson on a permanent deal should the Red Devils become open to a permanent transfer.

"We've had initial conversations. We would be open to Dean coming back but I've got huge respect for Manchester United and he's their player and they'll make that decision, in conjunction with Dean," he said.

"From our point of view, obviously if there is an opportunity, we'd love to take that up."

The Blades resume their Premier League campaign away to Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Chris Wilder has branded criticism of footballers amid the coronavirus pandemic as "distasteful".

The Sheffield United boss feels people have been too quick to target players, with widespread calls for them to take a pay cut.

On Friday the Premier League proposed a 30 per cent wage reduction to its member clubs and Wilder backed players across all levels of the sport to "do the right thing".

"They're conscious people. These boys are from working-class cities, very few of our players are privately educated," he told talkSPORT.

"They've got brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, mums and dads working at the NHS and not getting paid.

"They'll do the right thing through the PFA [Professional Footballers' Association]. Straight away everyone was onto footballers, pointing the finger, and I thought it was very poor and distasteful.

"There is a lot of money floating about, especially at the top, but this football country is not all about the Premier League, it goes right down to the National League and even below.

"Proper football people do the right thing."

Sheffield United continued their remarkable Premier League campaign with a 2-1 comeback victory over lowly Bournemouth on Sunday.

Callum Wilson gave the Cherries, buoyed by back-to-back top-flight wins, a 13th-minute lead at Bramall Lane when he thrashed home from six yards, but the hosts fought back to move to within two points of fourth spot.

Billy Sharp netted his first goal since scoring a late leveller in the 1-1 opening-day draw between these two sides to level it up in first-half stoppage time, the veteran striker poking in after Bournemouth failed to clear their lines.

Substitute John Lundstram sealed the three points for Chris Wilder's side, keeping his cool to slot the winner past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale six minutes from time.

Beaten Bournemouth remain just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Pep Guardiola is not surprised by Sheffield United's success in the Premier League this season as the Manchester City manager revealed he learns from watching Chris Wilder's side.

The Blades are seventh in the Premier League - just six points off a Champions League place - in their first campaign back in the top flight.

An expansive brand of football has brought Wilder many admirers, and Guardiola concedes he is among them.

City visit Sheffield United on Tuesday, having been made to work for a 2-0 home win last month.

"I'm incredibly impressed," Guardiola told a pre-match news conference. "When people say you can improve watching other games, other teams, other managers, this is the one.

"I never saw some movements they are doing. That's the reason why they are in the position they are.

"We saw it here [at the Etihad Stadium], we suffered here a few weeks ago. I'm really impressed. I admire them, honestly. I admire how they play and what they are doing.

"It's the same manager and a high percentage of the same players from League One, the Championship, now the Premier League, being near the top of the league up there.

"I like it. As a manager, you see some teams so you can improve - this is the one."

Mikel Arteta said Arsenal "gave away two points" after a late goal from John Fleck earned Sheffield United a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium and bemoaned a shortage of defenders.

Gabriel Martinelli put the Gunners ahead with his ninth goal of the season at the end of the first half on Saturday and Arsenal continued to dominate the game until the last 10 minutes.

Yet Arteta could only watch on as Callum Robinson's cross found Fleck, who rifled home an equaliser his side barely deserved.

"I am very disappointed. We gave away two points," Gunners head coach Arteta said.

"There is a history of giving away goals. In the Premier League when you're 1-0 up anything can happen.

"I think they all went full gas and tried really hard. Maybe in the first five minutes we tried to figure out the game but later they changed system and it was harder to control."

With Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers injured, Arteta selected Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka and admitted the shortcomings of his two makeshift full-backs were exposed for the equaliser.

"When we analyse the opponent we can try to ask Ainsley and Bukayo a lot of things but they are not full-backs," Arteta added.

"These things will happen."

Chris Wilder admitted his side were short of their best but gave them credit for salvaging a point that leaves the seventh-placed Blades with just two defeats in 12 Premier League away games this season.

Only Manchester City and Liverpool have beaten Wilder's men on the road, but he reflected on a tough game at the Emirates, saying: "It was one of our poorer performances. Nobody built up momentum in the game because both sides gave away the ball.

"Not surprised we went in behind but I'm pleased we got a point. Our attitude always gives us a chance so credit to the players but we need to play better.

"We had a lot of apprehension coming into the division but we have a group that challenges each other. I think it's a really good story with where our players have come from and the key is to turn that into a fantastic story."

Chris Wilder celebrated signing a new contract as his Sheffield United side beat West Ham 1-0 - with Robert Snodgrass denied a last-gasp equaliser by VAR.

Manager Wilder secured a fresh four-and-a-half-year deal with the Blades on Friday and his side moved up to fifth place in the Premier League thanks to Oli McBurnie's 53rd-minute goal, which came after David Martin's error.

Snodgrass later squeezed in a stoppage-time finish after being teed up by Declan Rice, only for the goal to be disallowed for handball against Rice after a VAR check, to the dismay of West Ham and manager David Moyes.

West Ham substitute goalkeeper Martin – who replaced the injured Lukasz Fabianski early in the first half – paved the way for the home team's winner, with his dreadful pass providing John Fleck with the chance to tee up McBurnie.

West Ham's Sebastien Haller had a goal correctly disallowed for offside before Martin's fine save from Lys Mousset set the stage for a tense finish, which looked to have culminated in joy for the visitors with Snodgrass' late strike.

But West Ham's elation turned to despair as VAR spotted a seemingly accidental handball from Rice as Moyes suffered a first defeat of his second spell in charge.

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