David McGoldrick 8 Ollie McBurnie 8; Kurt Zouma 5: Sheffield United v Chelsea player ratings

Blades bolster Euro hopes as Blues' target of top-four finish take a knock

David McGoldrick scored twice for Sheffield United as they upset Chelsea with a 3-0 win in the Premier League at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Chelsea's grip on a top four place – and Champions League qualification – was weakened badly by the result and they could fall to fifth if Leicester City beat Bournemouth on Sunday and Manchester United overcome Southampton a day later.

A fourth straight home win in the league for Chris Wilder's side boosted their hopes of a first-ever appearance in the Europa League as they moved up to sixth on 54 points.

McGoldrick had not previously found the net in the Premier League since winning promotion with Chris Wilder's team but opened the scoring when Oli McBurnie's shot was pushed out by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and the Ireland striker fired home.

McBurnie then doubled the lead in the 33rd minute with a powerful header from an Enda Stevens cross.

McGoldrick, 32, completed a fantastic result for the Blades by grabbing his second in the 77th minute.

"After the lockdown, the first couple of games we weren't on the front foot and our usual selves," said McGoldrick. "But since Arsenal in the FA Cup we have been on the front foot. 35 games in and the table doesn't lie. That was us at our best today."

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he had "learned a lot" about his team after from the humbling defeat.

"They were better than us, physically, in the mind and with the ball. So you lose the game. They were stronger than us," he said.

"You feel and hear every noise and all I could hear was Sheffield United voices. We need to put that to bed quickly and fight for the top four."

Updated: July 11, 2020 11:55 PM

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