By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline
Published: 16:51 GMT, 2 November 2019 | Updated: 17:21 GMT, 2 November 2019
That big night a fortnight ago, when Arsenal were pummelled into disarray, was special but its significance would certainly have waned if Sheffield United not followed it up.
These are the weeks and games so many promoted teams traditionally struggle with. One seismic result, against the odds and a giant, can sometimes only be worth a fond memory as they fall to those in direct competition with them.
Chris Wilder has built something a little different here though and four points since indicate that Arsenal was a springboard. Their style is refreshing, a verve on the break and meticulous when picking locks.
John Lundstram netted two as Sheffield United eased to victory over Burnley at Bramall Lane
The Blades midfielder was neatly teed up by Lys Mousset and coolly buried beyond Nick Pope
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Henderson 7; Basham 7.5, Egan 7 (Jagielka 79), O’Connell 7; Baldock 7.5, Lundstram 9, Norwood 7, Fleck 8, Stevens 8; McGoldrick 8 (McBurnie 74, 6), Mousset 8.5 (Sharp 64, 6)
Subs not used: Moore, Freeman, McBurnie, Robinson, Besic
Burnley (4-2-2): Pope 6; Lowton 4, Tarkowski 4.5, Mee 5, Pieters 4 (Taylor 46, 7); Hendrick 5, Westwood 5, Cork 5, McNeil 6 (Brady 59, 6); Rodriguez 5 (Vydra 78), Barnes 6
Subs not used: Hart, Gibson, Lennon, Bardsley
Referee: Simon Hooper 7
Burnley were ruthlessly dismantled, making last week’s draw at West Ham look a sound point. Sheffield United are up to sixth, a win clear of Manchester United, and their consistency is what offers genuine hope of survival.
John Lundstram became their first player to score a top-flight brace since Nathan Blake all the way back in 1994. They last scored three goals in a first half in 1993, John Fleck adding the third. Records are being broken and there are surely more to fall before the season’s close.
Burnley never settled, never clamped a grip on