Sheffield United’s start to the season is officially the worst in the history of English top flight football, after defeat to Manchester United on Thursday night.
The Blades took a surprise lead against the Red Devils after just five minutes through David McGoldrick, but slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Bramall Lane thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford (two) and Anthony Martial.
Chris Wilder’s side are still searching of their first win of the campaign and have mustered just one draw in their opening 13 games, leaving them nine points adrift from safety already.
One point from an available 39 is not only the worst start in Premier League history, but it is the worst in the long history of English top flight football.
It is a record that was held by their opponents on Thursday, with Manchester United losing their opening 12 games in the 1930-31 season.
However, the Red Devils won their 13th game of the campaign against Birmingham, snapping their winless streak and, with two points for a win at that stage, took them to three points.
‘I am a free manager anyway,’ he said after the Manchester United loss. ‘I don’t worry about what I can’t control. I don’t worry about my job. I keep coming into work and doing it to my best of my ability.
‘There is a huge gulf, people don’t understand what Sheffield United are about when they talk about people’s futures. I have been in the game long enough to know that that question will be asked.
‘There is a story to every club and we accept that.’