Has Chris Wilder had a dig at Sheffield Wednesday with his comments about Rotherham United?
The Sheffield United boss was speaking ahead of the Blades’ second derby in as many Championship games.
Wilder’s side travel to the New York Stadium on Saturday lunchtime with a chance to go top of the table.
Their last match, before the international break, was a 0-0 draw with rivals Wednesday at Bramall Lane. This was despite the fact United had 75 percent possession and 19 shots, compared to the visitors’ seven.
“Like us, they (Rotherham) are a hard-working and a working class club,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“They’re not arrogant and, like us, they don’t get above their station either. They do it similar to us, with good players who are good people as well.
“It will be a different game to the last one, we’ve watched the tapes and they’ll come for us. They’ll do it in a different way to how we do it, but they’ll do it in their own way.”
Wilder on Wednesday
The Blades boss is a boyhood fan of the club and a former player. Therefore his dislike of the Owls is as ingrained as that of the fans.
Not that Wilder would be crass enough to get into a slagging match with Wednesday, but he is not averse to being critical of them.
Following the stalemate with Wednesday the 51-year-old said they were “booting it anywhere”. He also once again commented on the big wages being paid at Hillsborough – one of Wilder’s favourite subjects about the team across the city.
This is in stark contrast to Rotherham, who are another of the United manager’s former clubs. There has also been a strong link between the South Yorkshire rivals in the past, with the Blades helping out their neighbours with fundraising and cheaply loaned players during a period of financial difficulty for the Millers.