Max Lowe has revealed how he jumped up when Sheffield United nearly scored against Nottingham Forest in the play-offs in May. The bizarre moment has been explained by the 25-year-old in an interview with The Star, with Lowe now back at the Blades.
The left-back was on loan at the City Ground for the 2021/22 campaign. He made 23 appearances for the club but struggled with a groin injury that he sustained on two separate occasions.
Forest drawing Sheffield United was the worst-case scenario for Lowe. It meant that he couldn’t take part in either leg of the semi-final and was instead rooting for the Reds to reach the final – or was he?!
In an amazing interview with The Star, Lowe has claimed that he almost risked the wrath of Steve Cooper and the club’s supporters when the Blades came to the City Ground.
He said: “During the game, I sat to the left of the dug-out with the Forest physios because I couldn’t take part in the game.
“There was one shot from our players (United) and I jumped up by mistake. The gaffer (Heckingbottom) has mentioned it since but that’s the only time we’ve spoken about that night.”
Lowe jumped up when United nearly scored against Forest
It would have been quite something had the Sky Sports cameras captured this moment. United, in fairness, were unlucky in the second leg and probably deserved to win on the night.
But it wasn’t to be. Brice Samba etched his name into folklore and Lowe actually featured from the substitutes bench in the Wembley final against Huddersfield.
Clearly, Lowe’s heart was still at Bramall Lane to a certain degree. He’s earned a new lease of life under Heckingbottom and when fit, he’s been the number one left-back this season.
In truth, Forest were never going to make his loan permanent once promotion was secured. Renan Lodi, Harry Toffolo and Omar Richards were all added to the ranks as left-back options.
Lowe will always be remembered as a promotion-winning hero on Trentside. Now, he can focus on winning promotion with United where he won’t have to hide his loyalties any longer.