Manager: Kevin Blackwell
Odds to win: 11/1. Odds for Promotion: 11/4
Position: 3rd W: L:10 F:64 A:39 Points: 80
Top Scorer: James Beattie (12)
FA Cup: Fourth Round
League Cup: Third Round
Yellows: 53 Reds: 5
Results against Reds:
Name: Paul Holland
Level of Interest: Blades-Mad Editor
How has pre-season gone for you?
It's been a little difficult to say, they have played only two frendlies; both ending in victory but were away from Bramall Lane and having not seen these fixtures it is difficult to suggest how well they performed.
They beat a Maltese side 1-0 (Brian Howard on the score sheet) whilst they returned to
However they do have remaining fixtures against
Are you pleased with the signings your club has made?
Kevin Blackwell hasn't spent too much in the transfer market so far; former Tykes winger Kyel Reid has joined on a free transfer, whilst Lee Williamson (
Though there are big money rumours flying around; both Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton are supposedly going to Tottenham Hotspur whilst United have signed Chad Evans (
The signings made aren't going to whet the mouths of the Blades fans unless a 20 goal striker can be found; Glenn Little and Julian Gray have joined on trial but the worry is that there is too much concentration on bringing in wide men when what we really require is someone to stick it into the old onion bag (so to speak!).
What realistically are you aiming for this season?
After been overturned by
Which player has past his sell by date?
Captain Chris Morgan is as solid as a rock at the back, but has had the tendency to be a liability at freak times; he is a good Championship player but if a better replacement can be found then I wouldn't be too disappointed to see the former
Have you got the right manager in charge?
You have to feel sorry for old Blackie, twelve months ago he wasn't given a chance by a section of the fans; but he took us to the Play-Offs where we wanted to be and although the final didn't go as we would have liked I would have to say he did a splendid job.
As already mentioned this season is going to be tough and the Blades haven't spent the cash yet, if he buys well then fans will be on his side again.
What advice would you give him?
Stop pursuing wingers, it's nice to have variety and the new rule of seven substitutes I guess doesn't help squad selection but a proven goal scorer is needed. The last time a striker scored was Arturo Lupoli against
Who do you see as your key player?
Matthew Kilgallon - centre-half, was a catalyst in last season's strong defence and if the
Who would you most like to beat this season?
Ideally everyone, but that obviously isn't going to happen.
Where will you finish?
The 2009/10 season is going to be hard for United; I would seriously like to think that we can finish in the top six but without the right signings that won't happen. Eighth will be a decent finish for us.
How do you rate
Last season they looked a good mid-table side but I feel that