Sheffield United legend and former striker, Brian Deane, has been singing the praises of Chris Wilder and believes the Blades boss should be named manager of the year ahead of Jurgen Klopp.

The subject is one of the hottest topics around this time of year. And in any other season, Liverpool boss would be comfortably running away with the award.

Brian Deane
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But Wilder, who pipped Klopp and Guardiola to the award last year, has led United to within touching distance of Europe, despite being tipped as relegation favourites at the start of the season.

And following United’s impressive demolition job of Chelsea on Sunday, club legend Deane made his thoughts known via social media.

Deane becomes the latest in a line of pundits and former players to lavish praise on the Blades and their boss. Indeed, Jamie Redknapp made a similar statement earlier today, while Danny Higginbotham has also claimed Wilder should win the award.

The Blades have three games left of the season. Everton visit Bramall Lane between trips to Leicester and in-form Southampton. If United pick up three wins, then the European fairytale may well come true.

Wilder deserves to be in the conversation but don’t just discount Klopp because of the players he has – Our View

As Blades fans, it’s very easy to have a blinkered view and just outright say Wilder deserves the award. In fact, as we mentioned above, if the roles were reversed and Klopp hadn’t done so well, Wilder would win it at a canter.

Surely, then, it’s a testament to how good both the Blades and Liverpool have been that there is even a discussion?

Liverpool Chris Wilder
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Chris Wilder has done the unthinkable. But on another scale, so has Jurgen Klopp. After missing out last season in agonising fashion to then come back this year and romp it ahead of a super Manchester City side is just as impressive.

Both managers are worthy winners in our eyes. Can we split the award? Probably not!

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