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Wilder's respect for Burnley counterpart

4 July 2020

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Chris Wilder is expecting a competitive game against Burnley on Sunday lunchtime, with the Blades manager full of admiration for the consistent job Sean Dyche and his staff have done at Turf Moor.

The Clarets have established themselves as a regular fixture in the top-flight in recent seasons and that has gone unnoticed by Wilder who has hailed the 'incredible' transformation of the Lancastrian club.

Like the Blades, Burnley find themselves inside the top ten entering the weekend's encounter with Wilder describing it is as a brilliant achievement and he admits it is something United must try and emulate in the coming years.

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Blades 3-1 Spurs - report

2 July 2020

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United moved back up to seventh in the Premier League following an excellent display to beat Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane on Thursday evening.

Sander Berge netted his first for the Club since his January arrival to get the ball rolling before Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie added to the tally in the second half with Harry Kane's late effort proving nothing more than a consolation for Jose Mourinho's visitors.

For the clash against Tottenham, Wilder was forced into two changes with Fleck and Lundstram both missing out through injury. Berge, who impressed off the bench against Arsenal was named in the starting XI, whilst Osborn was handed a first Premier League start.

Within the opening minute, the Blades had a sight of goal. Baldock started and finished the move, combining with McBurnie, before seeing a left-footed effort saved by Lloris. United were forcing themselves on top of Spurs and only the final ball was lacking on a couple of occasions from promising positions. At the other end, Son won a corner off Berge and from his delivery Sissoko couldn't connect at the back post.

On 18 minutes, Basham needed to produce a timely touch to knock the ball off stride for Son, after Sissoko and Aurier had fashioned some space for later down the Blades right. The visitors continued to look at their most dangerous on the break, but from Bergwijn's pass, Kane fired high and wide into the Kop.

As the half hour approached, Spurs broke down the left with Bergwijn again involved, but thankfully Sissoko's effort was tame and comfortable for Henderson. But on 31 minutes it was United who hit the front with a free-flowing move of their own. It started with Stevens spreading play across to Baldock, he found the run of the overlapping Basham who cut the ball back for BERGE, he took one touch out of his feet before firing low and hard into the far corner.

Less than two minutes later though it appeared that Spurs had restored parity, only for VAR to intervene in the Blades favour this time. Lucas Moura went to ground under pressure from a host of defender, but Egan's clearance hit him as he was falling and landing at Kane's feet. The England skipper beat Basham and tucked the ball past Henderson, only for VAR to rule that Lucas Moura had handled the ball when going to ground.

Norwood was the first player to be carded for a foul that halted a dangerous run from Lucas Moura and moments later caught Son with an arm, thankfully though referee Kavanagh took no further action. A flurry of bodies blocked an effort from Lo Celso, before Osborn conceded a corner to halt Aurier's run down the right and that meant United went into the break in front.

The start of the second half was quiet, with little in the way of goalscoring opportunities, with Tottenham making an early change with Lamela replacing Bergwijn. But on the hour, United came within inches of making it two. Stevens once again fed Baldock, he freed Berge on the right and after Lloris didn't claim his low cross, McGoldrick fired into the side netting.

United's first change saw he impressive McGoldrick replaced by MOUSSET and within seven minutes of his arrival onto the pitch, the Frenchman had doubled United's lead, finishing another excellent move. McBurnie's perseverance started the move, he found Stevens on the left, who combined with Osborn, before lying it on a plate for the substitute to score from yards out.

There were 77 minutes on the clock when Kane had the ball in the net again, but this time it was the assistant referee who denied as he was comfortably offside. But it was the Blades who made sure of the points entering the later stages of the contest with a third excellent team goal. Norwood, Baldock and Berge were all involved in the build-up, before the latter teed up the excellent MCBURNIE to net what a deserved goal with a defy near post finish.

With the clock ticking down in United's favour, McBurnie was booked despite appearing to be fouled before a disagreement with Lo Celso. Moments later, Spurs did get a consolation goal with Lamela and Son linking up before KANE scored from close-range. Four minutes of added time were signalled, but they passed with any incident of note as United deservedly returned to winning ways.


Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, McBurnie (K. Freeman 90), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (Mousset 62), Robinson, Osborn, Berge.
Unused: Sharp, Jagielka, Moore, Rodwell, Zivkovic.

Spurs: Lloris, Aurier (Ndombele 70), Dier, Sanchez, Davies (Vertonghen 81), Sissoko (Dele 70), Lo Celso, Bergwijn (Lamela 56) Lucas, Son, Kane.
Unused: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Winks, Skipp, Gedson.


As it happened...

18:00
We're underway.

United in red and white and Spurs in blue.

Spurs kick-off

1'
Both teams and officials take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter.

1'
Bright start by United as George Baldock has the first shot on target after combining with Oli McBurnie.

Saved low down by Hugo Lloris.

4'
United test the Spurs defence again, this time with a Jack Robinson long throw, closely followed by an Enda Stevens cross.

Tottenham clear both times, but this is a good start from United.

6'
Son with a mazy run which ends with a low cross knocked behind for a corner.

In comes the cross which is narrowly missed by Kane, and Sissoko can't convert from a tight angle at the far stick.

12'
Wonderful touch by Kane allows Sissoko to gallop forward to the edge of the area. There was a chance to shoot but he tries to find Kane again, United intercept and clear.

14'
Basham coming in from the right attempts to latch onto a pass from McBurnie but Lloris is off his line and gets there in the nick of time.

16'
A promising Spurs break ends with a Serge Aurier cross which sailes behind for a goal kick.

18'
Another swift move from Spurs who sprint down the right through Aurier. Basham can't quite reach the low cross, which hits Son and falls kindly into the hands of Dean Henderson.

23'
Steven Bergwijn with the break this time for Spurs. He feeds Kane who is running down the right of the area, he takes the shot early and fires wide of the near post.

Drinks break.

27'
United still on the front foot but without creating anything significant as yet.

At the other end a dangerous Son cross is too close to Henderson with Kane lurking.

28'
Tottenham attack down the left and a low cross is deflected into the path of Sissoko. He side foots an effort from 20 yards but it is a comfortable save for Henderson.

30'
Kane smashes a 30-yard free-kick high and wide. No trouble for Henderson on this occasion.

31'
Goal!!!!!!!!!!

A first goal for Sander Berge. Stevens plays it into Berge, he turns it onto Baldock, Basham is found on the overlap and his low cross is driven into the bottom corner by Berge.

33'
Goal.

Tottenham with an instant response. Lucas Moura with the run, it runs into the path of Kane after a challenge, Kane cuts inside Basham and finishes well.

VAR check...

34'
VAR decision goes for United!

Looks like the ball came off Moura's arm as it deflected into the path of Kane.

36'
Osborn's cross into the near post is headed over by McBurnie.

39'
Norwood clips Moura and that's the first booking.

40'
Lo Celso strike at goal takes a deflection off the wall.

The resulting corner is headed up in the air, and Henderson comes off his line to punch clear.

41'
Norwood treading a thin line, having just been booked he fouls Son. No card and United clear the resulting free-kick.

44'
Lo Celso glides across the turf with dangerous break but after feeding the ball into Son, the attack ends with a poor cross from Aurier.

45'
Lo Celso corner headed over at the near post by Lucas Moura.

45'
Three added minutes

18:48
Half time

Blades 1 - 0 Tottenham

Sander Berge's strike has United in front as Harry Kane's 'equaliser' is ruled out by VAR.

19:01
Teams back out for the second half...

19:03
Blades kick-off and we're back underway.

49'
United have nullified Spurs at the start of the second half.

Blades free-kick worked off the training ground almost catches out Spurs but Lloris is quick off his line to grab the ball.

52'
Dangerous Norwood corner is fisted clear by Lloris.

Good start again by United who are on the front foot.

56'
Change for Spurs as Bergwijn is replaced by Lamela.

59'
Lamela picks out Ben Davies in acres of space on the left but, not for the first time, the final ball is lacking from Spurs as a deflection on the cross sees the ball run through to Henderson.

61'
Chance for United!

Baldock works his way into the area, he has Berge on his outside, in goes a low cross which comes off the hands of Lloris, but McGoldrick from a tight angle drills into the side netting.

63'
Sub for United as Lys Mousset replaces McGoldrick.

67'
Tottenham enjoying a lot of the ball but the Blades have a very good shape and have dealt admirably with what has been thrown at them so far.

69'
Goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brilliant goal by the Blades! McBurnie does fantastic to hold up the ball before finding Stevens, he then plays a sublime one-two with Osborn inside the area and his cross from the by-line is converted by Mousset. 2-0.

70'
Subs for Tottenham.

Sissoko and Aurier are replaced by Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele

76'
Inside the final 15 minutes and United still looking strong. Still some work to do but Henderson has been well protected so far.

77'
Kane has the ball in the net but the United defence stepped out and he's two yards offside.

79'
Kane has the ball in the net again but once again the whistle has long sinced been blown after he pushed Egan out of the way. Easy decision.

81'
Davies comes off for Spurs and Jan Vertonghen is on.

84'
GOAL!

That's the game and another brilliant goal.

Baldock raids down the right, then gives the ball to Berge who showed fantastic fleet-of-foot to take on his man, and slide the ball into McBurnie who converts. 3-0.

87'
United survive back-to-back Tottenham corners.

Then a low cross diverts off Norwood and across goal to safety. 3-0.

90'
Goal.

Consolation for Spurs as Son tees up Kane for an easy tap-in.

90'
United change Kieron Freeman for McBurnie.

Four minutes added.

19:53
Full time

Blades 3 - 1 Tottenham

Terrific display by United who bag all three points after goals from Sander Berge, Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie.

Kane with a consolation for Spurs.

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