The Blues youngsters were well-below par and could have no complaints about the result.
United piled on the pressure early on and made the breakthrough after 28 minutes. They doubled their advantage just prior to the break, before putting the game out of sight with two second-half goals.
Kyle Rowley scored an 80th minute consolation for Blues, but it was too little, too late for his side. To make matters worse Rowley sustained ankle ligament damage in the process of putting the ball in the back of the net.
Academy coach Steve Spooner (pictured) was naturally disappointed with the nature of the defeat and admitted that Sheffield were worthy winners of the fixture.
“It was 2-0 to Sheffield at half-time and if I’m honest it could have been more,” he said. “The disappointing thing from our point of view was they’d had a mixed bag of training in the week leading up to the match because they’d been doing their coaching course which they have to do, so they’d not been out on the grass a lot and it showed.
“They looked devoid of ideas and there was no structure in their play and it was a very disappointing performance. I think the only plus for me was the fact they worked hard.
“I thought we could have done better with the goals we conceded, although that’s not taking anything away from Sheffield United because we were well and truly beaten.
“Our consolation goal came from schoolboy Kyle Rowley. It was a great header back in to set him up but unfortunately he did his ankle ligaments in the process and he will be out for several weeks, which is a shame for the boy.”
Seeking to explain his side’s defensive frailty, Spooner continued: “The hard thing has been going back to conceding goals because we had a spell where we kept three clean sheets, but it has coincided with us losing our centre halves. No matter what league you play in they are pivotal positions.”
Blues U18s: Callum Preston, Josh Cogley, Dominic Bernard (Bobby Moseley, 65), Foday Nabay, Jean Kalenda (James Fry, 45), Kyle Rowley, Deqwon Ebanks, Liam Truslove, Fisayo Adarabioyo (Reece Hales, 45), George O’Neil, Viv Solomon.
Subs not used: Peter Denton, George McGee.