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25 August 2020 Venue Tannadice Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Dundee United
0 - 1
Sheffield United

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Dundee United 0-1 Blades - report

25 August 2020

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One for the record books perhaps?

United's friendly against Dundee United at Tannadice Park was abandoned at half-time because of a waterlogged pitch and high winds on the Scottish coast.

The Blades had played the elements well in an impressive first-half showing with skipper Billy Sharp scoring just before the abandonment was confirmed, having struck the post with an early penalty, with Sander Berge involved in both incidents.

Goalkeeper Ramsdale started between the sticks against Micky Mellon's Terrors, making his first Blades appearances since December 2016. A number of senior players also featured from the off, but the bench was predominantly made up of players from the development squad.

The inclement weather had already made the pitch heavy, but unsurprisingly the Blades were on the front foot from the first whistle.

And on five minutes Berge surged menacingly into the penalty area only for his progress to be halted by a retreating defender. The referee pointed instantly to the spot, but from twelve yards Sharp hit the post, having sent Deniz the wrong way.

United, largely through their impressive Norwegian midfielder continued to attack, but Deniz managed to save Berge's shot with his legs, before Sharp headed wide at the back post from Slater's inviting cross from the right.

Norwood's delivery from set-pieces were typically on the money, but having got the run on his marker, Callum Robinson couldn't direct his near post header on target from a free-kick on the right-wing.

The Blades weren't unduly troubled defensively, but Egan and Jack Robinson had to be alert and brave to block a shot, which instantly allowed the visitors to counter and win a corner at the other end.

And on 42 minutes, United deservedly got the goal their dominance had warranted. Berge picked the ball up in a dangerous position, this time he elected to shoot, Deniz could only parry and the ball fell kindly for SHARP to tap home into the empty net from close range.

But unfortunately, that was the last action of note, before the referee consulted with Wilder and his Dundee United counterpart at half-time and deemed the conditions were unfit to continue.

Blades: Ramsdale, Slater, Basham, Egan, J. Robinson, Stevens, Norwood, Berge, Fleck, Sharp, C. Robinson.
Unused: Foderingham, Dewhurst, Jagielka, Osborn, Bryan, L. Freeman, Norrington-Davies, Brunt, Gordon, Hackford, Graham, Broadbent.

As it happened...

We're underway at a soaking wet Tannadice Park.

Fleck's ball over the top nearly picks out the run of Sharp, but goalkeeper Deniz is out quickly to avert the danger.

Penalty Blades - Berge is fouled

But from the spot...Sharp hits the post having sent Deniz the wrong way.

The rain continues to lash down, as a through ball for Stevens just beats the run of the Irishman.

Another driving run into the box from Berge, but this time he's denied by the legs of Deniz.

Fleck wins possession before playing in Callum Robinson, but again Deniz saves, this time with his body.

Deniz then claws one out after a cross gets caught in the wind. From the corner, Norwood fires over.

The Blades continue to search for the opener.

This time Basham surges forward before passing to Slater. The cross from the right is inch perfect, but unfortunately Sharp heads wide at the back post.

Fleck lashes home into the bottom corner from distance, but the whistle had already gone for an unfortunate hand ball.

Berge wins another free-kick on the right and it's another chance for the Blades as Callum Robinson heads over at the near post from Norwood's centre.

More encouraging signs from United.

Fleck once again gets the Blades moving forward before Callum Robinson curls an effort wide of the far post.

Good play at both ends.

Egan and Jack Robinson combine to block at one end, before Stevens breaks forward.

He frees Callum Robinson on the left, but the defender manages to halt the progress of the striker at the expense of a corner.

GOAL for the Blades and it's been coming.

Berge once again drives forward, he fires a good low shot which Deniz can only parry and it's Billy Sharp doing what Billy Sharp does best, jogging on the spot to tap into the empty net.

It's half-time at Tannadice Park.

The Blades deservadly lead at the interval, Billy Sharp the scorer.

A number of positives to take from the opening 45 minutes of pre-season action.


Unfortunate news coming following the conclusion of the first-half, after the referee consulted with Chris Wilder and members of the Dundee United staff.

The match has been abandoned because of the relentless rain which is causing areas of the pitch to be waterlogged.

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