Injuries, fixture list, lack of fans, Aaron Ramsdale exposed, drop in intensity… exploring the reasons – and the numbers – behind the Blades’ miserable start; Watch Sheffield United vs West Ham live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm on Sunday; Kick-off 2pm

Kate Burlaga

Sheffield United's struggles analysed: What's going wrong for Blades in Premier League?

Sheffield United are still searching for their first win of the season, so what's gone wrong?

Chris Wilder has told his Sheffield United players not to look at the Premier League table and no wonder.

The Blades, so extraordinary back in the top flight last season, prop up the pack having made one of the worst starts to a Premier League campaign – only four other teams have taken a single point from their first eight games in the competition’s history.

It was the manner of defeat against Chelsea before the international break that stung for many supporters.

Frank Lampard’s expensively-assembled crop were merciless in the end, yet a tepid second-half performance from the visitors told the story of a side sapped of confidence, too easily settling for the mismatch.

As frustration echoed around social media, recriminations began; scrutiny on signings, systems – even, unfathomably, Wilder himself, enduring a prolonged period of adversity for the first time in four transformative years at Bramall Lane.

Why are Sheffield United struggling right now? Does the table really tell the whole story? And what might be key to an upturn?

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