The on and off the pitch achievements of eleven young footballers, including United's Regan Slater, has been recognised by League Football Education (LFE).
Slater became United's youngster ever goalscorer in a competitive fixture when netting in the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Grimsby Town last month and has impressed whilst captaining the Blades youth team this season.
'The 11' acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors such as involvement in community or charity based initiatives.
Judged by LFE's team of regional officers, this accolade, celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the Apprentice of the Year Awards later in the season. Charlton Athletic starlet, Ademola Lookman, and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) were both named in 'The 11' ahead of becoming the Championship's Apprentice of the Year, while others to previously feature in this select group include, Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) and Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).
The 11 - December 2016:
• Ephron Mason-Clark (Barnet)
• Jack Earing (Bolton Wanderers)
• Joe Sbarra (Burton Albion)
• Jacob Bedeau (Bury)
• Tyrique Hyde (Dagenham & Redbridge)
• Jordan Williams (Huddersfield Town)
• Matthew Downing (Leeds United)
• Regan Start (Lincoln City)
• Alex Fletcher (Plymouth Argyle)
• Marcin Brzozowski (Queens Park Rangers)
• Regan Slater (Sheffield United)
LFE chief executive Alan Sykes added: "The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officer's throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship."