Now it’s time for a return to Premier League action, with Chris Wilder’s struggling United side making the trip to Anfield on Saturday night.
The Blades have earned just one point from their opening five matches this season, sitting 19th in the table and looking a far cry from the team who shone in 2019/20.
How would you assess Sheffield United’s start to the season?
Well, it hasn’t been an ideal one, that’s for sure.
One point after five games doesn’t represent anything but a poor start to the season, although the devil can be in the detail a little with things like this.
Sheffield United still have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League so far this season, and have yet to play particularly badly for 90 minutes.
Their problem has been scoring goals – only two so far in the league, despite an expected goals metric of five.
If they had converted their chances, it would leave them five points better off and put a completely different slant on their start to the season.
Has anything changed that’s made a difference to your fortunes?
The biggest change by far from a United point of view is games behind closed doors.
Yes, every club is in the same boat, but there is no club in the Premier League that needs its fans as much as United, as their records before and after lockdown demonstrate.
Without them, it has been a real struggle at times.
Do you think the Blades are now in a relegation fight?
I think it’s a little bit early for that – the same way that Everton and Aston Villa can’t be regarded as genuine title contenders after a good start.
Many Blades would snatch your hand off for 17th place now, but there is a long, long way to go.
How happy are you with the signing of Brewster?
It is a hell of a lot of money for a club like United to spend, especially on a youngster who hadn’t played a minute in the Premier League until he signed.
But Rhian Brewster is clearly a player with a lot of pedigree, and everyone I have spoken to about him from a Liverpool perspective speaks very highly of him.
It is a signing for the here and now, but also for the future, and it will be fascinating to see how he goes when he gets his chance.
What better time than Saturday, against his old club?
As for Liverpool, are you expecting them to retain their title?
I think it will be a close-run thing this season, especially after the blow of losing Virgil van Dijk.
There seems to be a bit of wounded animal about Man City as they look to regain their crown, and I think it will be a decent title race.
I backed Liverpool to win it last season, but won’t be making any predictions either way this time around.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, who stands out most for the Reds?
Wow, where do I start?
But Thiago could be a game-changer in midfield and if he is on song (and fit) it could be a long afternoon for United’s midfield.
Where do you see the key battles taking place?
If United’s back-three can contain Liverpool’s attacking trio it will give them half a chance.
Then they will only have to keep Thiago quiet. And Robertson. And Alexander-Arnold…
Finally, hit us with your prediction…
The whole world will be expecting a home win, and if Liverpool turn up then it is hard to see anything else.
But for that reason, the pressure is off United, so I wouldn’t fall off my chair in surprise if they managed to nick a point.