Kenny: I ran into Fleck and Ramsdale - this is what they told me about Sheffield United debacle

Sheffield United have struggled this season without the backing of fans at Bramall Lane.

That is according to ex-Blades goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who exclusively revealed to Football Insider that he had recently spoken with senior United players in person.

Paul Heckingbottom’s bottom-placed side will play in front of fans for the first time in 15 months when they face Burnley on the final day of the season.

Last season, 10 of United’s 14 league wins came at Bramall Lane as they finished 9th, their joint-highest placing since 1975.

In 2020-21, however, the Blades have picked up just 13 points on home soil.

Kenny claimed that goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder John Fleck admitted they had found it difficult without the roar of the supporters when he spoke to them recently.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s not normal and it’s probably something we took for granted.

“I could not imagine playing in these circumstances. I’d find it so hard because you feed off the fans.

“I spoke to a few Sheffield United lads on Friday, Ramsdale and Fleck. I ran into them and they were saying how hard it was to play without fans.

“It will be so good to get them back next season and hopefully that can give them a proper boost.”

Interim boss Heckingbottom is, according to CEO Stephen Bettis, one of five candidates for the vacant manager’s job in South Yorkshire.

Football Insider understands that Slavisa Jokanovic was also recently interviewed for the post. 

In other news, former Sheffield United manager is leading candidate for West Brom job.