It was, as Chris Wilder suggested afterwards, one of the best performances of his time at Sheffield United.
But who was United’s most impressive performer during their 4-1 hammering of Aston Villa at Bramall Lane yesterday? Here, our man Danny Hall gives his player ratings.
Dean Henderson – 8. Had little chance with the goal and his handling was good, and otherwise Henderson was untroubled. Celebration for Sharp’s goal was incredible. Loving life at United
Kieron Freeman – 8. Heavily involved going forward – won the free-kick for United’s third and set up the fourth. Defended well, too and deserves to keep his place in the team
Chris Basham – 8. Typically solid, Basham covered almost every blade of grass on the field and carried the ball well. Two fouls on Grealish brought him a booking and cheers from the home crowd. Ended the game with the armband
John Egan – 8.5. Superb. Headed absolutely everything, threw his body in the way of shots and looks to be really settling into life at Bramall Lane
Jack O’Connell – 8.5. Best game of the season so far. Got on the scoresheet with a bullet header and looked a threat on the ball. Didn’t have much defending to do
Enda Stevens – 8. Continued his good form of late, linking up well with O’Connell and Fleck. Crossing looked dangerous and will have to continue playing well to stay in team
Oli Norwood – 9. What a player. His passing was a joy to watch, the pace always seemed to be perfect. Makes United a real threat at set-pieces. Named sponsors’ man of the match
John Fleck – 8. Made a mockery of Scotland’s decision to overlook him in favour of John McGinn, who barely had a kick all game. Went off with a knock in second half
Mark Duffy – 8. Scored a stunning goal, finding the bottom corner from outside the box. Tired in the second half but United look so much better when he plays. Links the ball so well and finds space effortlessly
Billy Sharp – 8. The skipper got the goal his general play deserved. Worked so hard and held the ball up superbly. Finish was typical Sharp, knew exactly where the goal was
David McGoldrick – 9. Superb game. My man of the match. Did everything but score. Linked play, drifted past defenders as if they weren’t there and almost scored himself, denied well by the goalkeeper. Great signing
Subs: John Lundstram – 7. Looked good when he came on, and flattened Grealish with a superb tackle
Danny Lafferty – 7. Helped keep United solid when he replaced Duffy, playing in a flat three
Conor Washington – n/a. Had a ten minute debut run out, showing his willingness to run the channels and work hard