The relegated Blades start their penultimate game of a season to forget carried by the victory at Everton this weekend.
It was only their sixth league win of the campaign after waiting until January for their first 1-0 win over Newcastle at Bramall Lane thanks to a Billy Sharp penalty.
“It was definitely one of the dark moments of the season, if you will,” Bruce said of the game.
“I definitely picked the wrong team so I have to take full responsibility.
“It was one of the most horrible times of winter. Our performance in Sheffield was far from there, and rightly so, we did not get a result.
“I have enormous respect for Chris [Wilder, the former Blades boss] and what he built there.
“They were relegated but they won at Goodison a few days ago, and they won at Old Trafford. That’s the beauty of the Premier League and how difficult it is – it doesn’t happen in other leagues.
“This is a group of genuine and honest players who have had wonderful years.
“This year it hasn’t quite happened for them, but I still have immense respect for them, and if we don’t show them that they will be difficult for us because they are still a very decent team. “
The game will also be a rare chance for United to play in front of supporters again, with 10,000 fans allowed into St. James Park.
“I’ve said it before – it was absolutely weird playing in front of anyone,” added Bruce.
“At first it took some getting used to. But it is a step towards normality, and we have all said it: if ever we need to remember what we play football, what we care about, it is the supporters and the spectacle.
“I’m sure people will go to the pub and have a few beers, then go to the pub and discuss everything that makes this great game what it is.”
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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 13:23:12