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Season review - April & May

5 July 2019

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With the dust having long settled and the fixtures now out, the prospect of Premier League football returning to Bramall Lane gets more real by the day.

So it only seems right that we reflect on what was a truly memorable season, which culminated in promotion back to the top-flight of English football following a 12-year absence.

Over the coming days, we will reflect on each month of a remarkable campaign, one that ended with jubilant scenes at S2 and the end of April.


April & May

It's our time!

The month in which United secured promotion back to the top-flight was full of twists and turns, with the Blades resilience and character proving decisive as Leeds faulted at the final hurdles.

David McGoldrick's goal earnt all three points at Preston North End, before the Blades had to settle for a share of the spoils in a midweek encounter at Birmingham City, despite Enda Stevens scoring the first four goals in the space of the last seven games.

With Leeds kicking-off later, the Blades looked set to overcome relegation threatened Millwall at Bramall Lane, courtesy of Gary Madine's second-half strike, only for Jake Cooper to throw a spanner in the works with a 95th minute equaliser.

Good Friday saw United play first and Nottingham Forest were comfortably brushed aside at S2, with Mark Duffy and Stevens on target. The race for automatic promotion then swung in the Blades favour as Leeds lost at Elland Road to ten-man Wigan, despite going in front.

Chris Wilder's side heaped the pressure on Marcelo Bielsa's Whites on Easter Monday, putting three past Hull City in the first-half at the KCOM Stadium and when Leeds lost a few hours later at Brentford, the finishing line was in sight.

A sold out Bramall Lane welcomed already relegated Ipswich Town to the Steel City and United showed their metal, with Scott Hogan and Jack O'Connell scoring the goals that meant barring a miracle, United would be promoted and less than 24 hours later it was confirmed and the celebrations began as Leeds failed to beat Aston Villa.

The celebrations continued, but there was still a chance United could be crowned champions should Norwich lose at Villa and the Blades beat Stoke on the final day, but despite goals from Kieron Dowell and Stevens again, the Canaries won at Villa Park to take the equation out of United's hands.

That slight disappoint didn't detract from the celebrations post-match though, these continued back at Bramall Lane on a memorable Sunday evening and culminated with the Open Top Bus parade to the Town Hall on the Tuesday evening.


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