This week we had a quick chat with ex-Blade forward Christian Nade. Nade signed for the Blades following their promotion to the Premier League ahead of the 2005/06 season from French outfit Troyes AC.
Christian arrived as a bit of an unknown entity but with a big reputation having had a strong season prior to signing for United and having represented France at an under 21 level. The forward added some much needed power and pace to the Blades front line. Christian netted on his debut in a friendly against Rotherham and then scored his first competitive goal in the League Cup against Bury.
He did however have to wait for a little longer for his first Premier League goal, but it was one worth waiting for. Christian netted the only goal in a dramatic 1-0 victory over Arsenal at Bramall Lane. A game that also saw Jags finish the game between the sticks following an injury to Paddy Kenny given the fact that Warnock didn't believe in having a GK on the bench.
Following our controversial relegation on the final day of the season Christian left the club and signed a 3 year deal for Scottish Premier League club Hearts and has gone on to represent various clubs predominantly in Scotland ever since.
Thank you very much to Christian for answering a few quick fire questions, and hopefully it will go someway to plugging the gap in our lives without any football at the moment...
How much did you know about Sheffield United before signing for the club?
To be honest, I didn’t know a great deal about Sheffield United prior to signing only that it was a fantastic opportunity and a huge club with a big history!
What is your greatest memory as a Blade?
It would have to be my first a Premier League goal, one that I’ll never forget!
What are your memories of that game and goal against Arsenal?
To be honest, my memories of that goal are totally different to what actually happened! I though I’d scored from the middle of the pitch somewhere. When I saw Jens Lehman running towards me I was saying to myself, why is he so far out from his goal?! I was much closer than I thought.
The low point of your time with Sheffield United?
The low point at my time with Sheffield United would obviously be the relegation but I really wanted to stay on after that and help the club back to the Premier League but was pushed out of the club by Brian Robson, it was clear he didn’t want me there.
The best player you played with during your time at Bramall Lane?
A player who is now back with the club, Phil Jagielka.
Have you followed the clubs progress since you left?
Yes every week, I check the scores to see how the team are doing! Unfortunately though, I’ve not been back to Bramall Lane since I left.
Where do you think the Blades will finish this season? (When it resumes)
If they keep pushing as they are doing, when the season resumes there is no reason why they won’t qualify for Europe!
You’ve settled now in Scotland, how does Scottish football compare with English?
I’ve spend the majority of my career in Scotland now, I find the football here more intense but it’s much faster and technical in England.
And finally, pick a 5aside team of players you’ve played with...
GK - Steve Mandanda
DEF - Patrice Evra
DEF - Phil Jagielka
MID - Blaine Matuidi
FWD - Myself