2007-2008 review - January

Last updated : 31 May 2008 By Jamie Furniss
Premier League star Gary Speed not only made his debut for the Blades but his first appearance below the first tier of English football.

The record holder for the most top flight appearances didn't have anything to cheer about on New Years Day when the Blades had a no goals draw with Wolves in the Black Country.

A trip over the Pennines to Premier League outfit Bolton in the 3rd round of the FA Cup was next on the fixture list. The deadlock was broken three minutes before half time when David Carney slotted the ball past Al Habsi in the Wanderers goal. The final score at the Reebok Stadium was 1:0 to the Blades with David Carney scoring his first goal in a red and white shirt.

It was then back to league action against QPR. Patrick Agyemang put Rangers in front on the 45th minute mark but a hectic second half saw the Blades clinch all three points. An own goal from Damien Stewart and a Lee Hendrie winner ensured United the win at Bramall Lane.

Steel City Derby part one began when the Blades took the short journey to S6 to meet neighbours Sheffield Wednesday. Akpo Sodje put the Owls 1:0 up in front of the Sky Sports cameras. The misery got even worser for all the Blades fans packed into the Leppings Lane end when Marcus Tudgay doubled Wednesday's lead. Before the game boss Bryan Robson declared 'It's just another game' but that didn't prove to be.

A group of Manchester City balloons ensured United booked their place in the 5th round of the FA Cup. Luton Shelton opened the scoreline from close-range with the balloon getting the assist.(Being realistic it was Lee Martin). Jon Stead made it two when he smashed the ball past Hart in the City goal. Sturridge got the only goal of the tie for City just after the restart.

The lowest attendance of the season at the Lane turned out to see the Blades end the month with a 1:1 draw with Watford. The Hornets went in front via Ellington but that was ruled out with David Carney bagging his 2nd goal of the campaign when he slotted the ball home from close-range.