While the Blades remain bottom of the standings, nine points from safety

While the Blades remain bottom of the standings, nine points from safety, Chelsea missed a great chance to further their European hopes, with the Blues sitting ninth, five points behind sixth-placed Manchester United.

The momentum swung in United’s favour after that, and they almost made the Blues pay for a mix-up at the back, but Ben Brereton Diaz failed to apply the finish with the goal gaping.

Yet the Blades got the goal their play deserved when Gustavo Hamer unlocked Chelsea’s defence with an inch-perfect pass to Bogle, who beat Djordje Petrovic from a tight angle. The Blades remained a threat after the break, but struggled to find their finishing touch as McBurnie thumped a header wide before Hamer whipped an effort past the post with the outside of his boot.

They were made to rue those missed chances when Madueke skipped inside from the right wing and unleashed a powerful shot that flew beyond Ivo Grbic.

But with Grbic having denied Cole Palmer, the Blades’ pressure finally told deep into stoppage time – McBurnie keeping himself onside from Cameron Archer’s flick-on and coolly poking beyond Petrovic to snatch a deserved share of the spoils.

With seven matches left to play, the Blades still look destined to drop out into the Championship, and their defending – specifically at home – has cost them dearly.

They have set an unwanted record as they have now conceded 47 goals in 16 Premier League home matches this season, one more than Watford in 2021/22, who conceded 46 in that campaign.

In their nine matches at Bramall Lane since Chris Wilder returned to the club, they have shipped 28 of those goals.

After that thrilling 4-3 win over Man Utd on Thursday, Chelsea had the perfect chance to push on and close further ground on the Red Devils and their other rivals for a UEFA Europa League or Europa Conference League spot.