Burnley 5-0 Sheffield United: Questions to be asked about Heckingbottom’s future after Burnley thrashing

Having registered just one league victory so far this term, Burnley welcomed Sheffield United to Turf Moor on Saturday – with the Blades also sitting inside the relegation zone. Paul Heckingbottom’s side sat just a point above the Clarets ahead of kickoff, with Vincent Kompany’s men rooted to the bottom of the table.

BUR: Trafford; Taylor, Beyer, O’Shea, Vitinho; Koleosho, Brownhill, Berge, Bruun Larsen; Amdouni, Rodriguez

SHU: Foderingham; Trusty, Robinson, Ahmedhodzic; Thomas, Fleck, Norwood, Baldock; Archer, Hamer; McBurnie

It took just seconds for Burnley to open the scoring at Turf Moor, with Jay Rodriguez diving inside the box to head home Charlie Taylor’s cross – becoming the first player in Premier League history to net a goal in the first fifteen seconds of two separate fixtures.

It was one-way traffic from there on, with Jacob Braun Larsen adding the second before the break as he latched onto Dara O’Shea’s teasing ball over the top.

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Sheffield United became increasingly frustrated as the game wore on, with Oli McBurnie dismissed before the interval after picking up two yellow cards for elbowing O’Shea in the face.

And perhaps bolstered by their newfound advantage, the Clarets cruised through the second half with relative ease – as Zeki Amdouni, Luca Koleosho and Josh Brownhill all netted within a seven-minute period towards the end of the match.

Burnley rise from the bottom of the table to sit in 18th, while Sheffield United remain 19th ahead of Everton’s match later this afternoon.