By Martyn Herman
LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Sheffield United thumped last season's promotion playoff runners-up Aston Villa 4-1 to move up to third in the English Championship on Saturday while Derby County and Brentford continued their impressive starts to the season.
First-half goals by Jack O'Connell, Mark Duffy and Oliver Norwood set United on course for the victory and Villa's afternoon went from bad to worse after the break when Billy Sharp made it 4-0 to leave the vistiors in 12th place.
Ben Woodburn is set to join Sheffield United on a season-long loan, a source confirmed to ESPN FC.
Woodburn, 18, joined Liverpool for their tour of the United States but did not travel to France on Monday for the team's five-day training camp with the loan in the works.
A Wales international and Liverpool's youngest goalscorer, Woodburn said he was happy for Jurgen Klopp to decide whether he spent the upcoming campaign on loan.
United, managed by Chris Wilder, appear to have beaten a host of English...