McGoldrick demands respect for Blades

Sheffield United

It's time Sheffield United were given more respect in the Premier League, according David McGoldrick, who claims they are being dismissed too soon.

The unfancied Blades were descibed as nothing more than a team of journeymen when Chris Wilder led them to promotion success ahead of the more heralded sides like Leeds and Derby County when they secured second spot in the Championship last term.

That criticism of their players and playing style has continued since they arrived in the top flight but they go into the first international break of the campaign sat in a very respectable 10th spot.

Their record so far of one win, one defeat and two draws sees them sat on the same amount of points as Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea – where they picked up their last point with a 2-2 draw last weekend -courtesy of an own goal from Kurt Zouma and a Callum Robinson strike which were enough to cancel out a brace from Tammy Abraham for Frank Lampard’s side.

That result led to boss Wilder, a man who said at the start of the campaign he was looking forward to the challenge ahead, having a few words for their detractors when he said they were not a bunch of ‘day trippers’ and now McGoldrick has followed down the same path.

The Republic of Ireland international was asked if he thought the Blades had surprised a few people with their approach and McGoldrick said he thought that was the case but pointed out they were still being criticised, in particular referencing remarks made by the BBC’s Garth Crooks, who suggested they would struggle as their approach was “quite basic”.

The 31-year-old, who was snapped up as a free transfer last summer, says he knows it is going to be a tough season but they deserve respect for their style of play and expects the Blades to give teams at Bramall Lane a real tough run for their money. Already, that comment can be backed up by the fact their one win came at home when they defeated Crystal Palace.

McGoldrick said: “We’re not ordinary, we play a different way, a different style. We’ve come with the same philosophy that we used in the Championship and we need to get the respect for that.

“We haven’t changed for anyone and we’ve got a few results.

“Listen, it’s going to be a long season, we are going to have ups and downs but we’ll surprise a few.”