United were really poor against a solid enough but unspectacular Charlton. The Blades looked slow, pedestrian, clueless and powder puff.
The lack of goal chances – if you ignore the Colchester game, United have scored once in four league games - means the side has to be watertight at the back, but last season’s stupid mistakes are beginning to be repeated; the team have conceded six in those same four league games.
The defence that started the season so well has been pretty poor in the last month. Maguire and Lowton are having a real sticky spell and Collins and Doyle have reverted to last season’s type.
After the second goal against Charlton, it never looked like the team could come back and many players’ heads started to drop. Some actually looked disinterested and seemed to just accept the imminent defeat; nobody got hold of the game. Morgan’s return cannot come quickly enough.
United have now won one league game in five, lost three of the last four and seem to be going only one way. We certainly have a more realistic view of the side’s potential; suddenly the forthcoming derby is something to worry about.