Blades boss Chris Wilder predicts how Sheffield Wednesday will react to latest jibe
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Blades boss Chris Wilder predicts how Sheffield Wednesday will react to latest jibe

Chris Wilder has had another jibe at rivals Sheffield Wednesday and predicted how they will react to it.

The Sheffield United boss has more of an affinity with his club than most managers. A boyhood fan, Wilder later played for the Blades before taking the top job in 2016.

At the time they were entering their sixth successive season in League One. For the previous five years Wednesday had bragging rights in the city after finishing above United in the EFL pyramid.

Wilder soon changed that, getting them promoted out of the third tier at the first time of asking with 100 points. That first campaign back in the Championship they finished five places above the Owls in 10th.

In 2018/19 the Blades were promoted in second. Wednesday ended up 12th.


What Chris Wilder thinks about Sheffield Wednesday

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Wilder knows what it means to the supporters to not only be playing in the Premier League after a 12-year absence, but also to be out-performing their rivals.

Yet that is not enough for the 52-year-old. He doesn’t just want his team to be in a higher division than the Owls, but for Sheffield to be dominated by red and white.

“I see more and more Sheffield United shirts around town. We’ve got a fantastic opportunity, if the club gets it right, to rule the city for the next 20, 30 years,” Wilder told Sky Sports.

“We want to dominate this city because that’s how we are – and the other lot are exactly the same. They might not say it – and they might say, ‘Oh, he’s talking about us again’ – but that’s how it is.

“We want to be an established Premier League club. We want to dominate the city, we want Sheffield United shirts all around, we want 30,000 at every game.”

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