Heart of Football: Can British steel cut it in the Premier League? Sheffield United sure think so

Can British steel cut it in the English Premier League? Sheffield United today kick off their first home game in 12 years in the top division and, although Crystal Palace might not be the most illustrious of opponents, this is when the city of Sheffield - its people and its players - needs to show its mettle.

Sheffield is, or was, the steel city, famous for forging cutlery. But that, like the clubs Sheffield Wednesday and United, is history. And so, in virtually every other team in the EPL, is the essence of home-grown players.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 18, 2019, with the headline 'Heart Of Football: Steely Sheffield United are ready to show their cutting edge'. Print Edition | Subscribe