Adrian Durham has slammed Sheffield United for ‘not taking the Premier League seriously’ and tipped the Blades for automatic relegation.
Chris Wilder’s men secured promotion from the Championship last season, just two years after running away with the League One title.
Despite being backed by a Saudi billionaire, United are not a side who simply throw their money at players to attract new talent to Bramall Lane.
Conversely, Wilder has displayed his tactical nous on several occasions and made the best out of the players he has. The Blades defied footballing logic by playing in a 3-5-2 formation with overlapping centre-backs, while still maintaining a fantastic defensive record.
However, despite their fantastic achievements to reach the top flight, Durham believes a return to the second tier awaits United.
“Sheffield United are going down, Durham said. “They’re not even taking the Premier League seriously.
“They’re still bigging up Billy Sharp, and as much as I love Billy Sharp; great record, absolute legend, local boy came good, third spell at the club, but he is League One.
“He’s not good enough for the Premier League and with the greatest of respect, it’s all sentimental bull that Sheffield United are hoping will take them through to 17th in the Premier League.
SHEFFIELD UNITED'S SUMMER SIGNINGS
- Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) – £10m
- Callum Robinson (Preston) – £7m
- Luke Freeman (QPR) – £5M
- Phil Jagielka (Everton) – Free
- Ravel Morrison (Ostersunds) – Free
- Dean Henderson (Manchester United) – Loan
“Now, it’s all well and good because they will enjoy the ride and all that, but when they end up being worse than Huddersfield that’s when you’ve got an issue.
“When you’ve got a team that’s not being competitive, all they’re doing is signing Championship players and saying ‘Isn’t this great, Billy Sharp is in the Premier League’.
“That’s not taking the Premier League seriously, they’re underestimating the jump from Championship to Premier League and I feel a bit uncomfortable about it.”