Does Graham Potter have the upper-hand on Chris Wilder? - Sheffield United News
Does Graham Potter have the upper-hand on Chris Wilder?
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Does Graham Potter have the upper-hand on Chris Wilder?

Brighton boss, Graham Potter, will be well aware of what is coming from Chris Wilder at the weekend.

Both managers were Championship club bosses last season. Both managers are now getting bags of praise as they cut their cloth in the Premier League.

Graham Potter has done well for Brighton so far this term. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

It’s a remarkable story for both. Wilder, has gone from the lower divisions right to the top of the game with his boyhood club. Potter, on the other hand, arrived in England as a relative unknown before doing well with Swansea and now being backed as the man to take Brighton forward.

But for Blades boss Chris Wilder, this weekend might just have that little bit of edge to it.


Why might Chris Wilder want to snatch all three points this weekend?

Unlike most bosses last term in the Championship, Potter was one who Wilder could not get the better of.

His Swansea City side won all the way back in August 2018 at Bramall Lane. Then, in what is United’s only loss away from home in 2019, Potter once again masterminded a Swans win.

Both games were even affairs, in all honesty. The Blades were not battered or pinned back in either game. Indeed, in a twist of fate, it was current Blade and record signing, Oli McBurnie, who got the winning goal last time out.

Blades striker Oli McBurnie got the winner last time Wilder and Potter met. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

With Wilder a man who likes to win games of football, you can’t help but think he’d like to get one over a manager who has a 2-0 record against him.

Team before personal accolades

Despite us bringing it to the fore, the likelihood is that Chris Wilder will simply want his team to win a game of football. That, first and foremost, is paramount to the Blades boss.

He’s not in the game for personal glory. He’s in football to succeed as part of a group and as a football club. This, of course, is something he is doing pretty well with thus far in his career.

Chris Wilder will have the utmost respect for Graham Potter. However, a win for the Blades would at least allow the United boss to land a punch back at Potter and his teams.


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