When they arrive in the Premier League, newly-promoted clubs come with assumptions that, most often, organise them into one of three different categories.
There is usually a redemption story involving a fallen powerhouse completing their long climb back. There is generally also an exotic underdog, who has defeated the Championship with a compelling style and some clever dynamics. And then there is the third team: a presumed no-hoper who, because their stay is expected to be short, nobody really bothers to learn much about.
While Aston Villa and Norwich City have a natural and flattering place in that order, Sheffield United have been shuffled into that third category. Their story is more folksy, romantic in what is an increasingly unfashionable way.
But it does them an incredible disservice.
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