Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has insisted that his players deserve their chance against teams like Manchester United.
The Red Devils are in town this weekend as Bramall Lane plays host to the 13-time champions. Despite already hosting Liverpool and Arsenal this season, it’s widely accepted that Man United are the big fish.
Bramall Lane is sold out for the game. Over 30,000 will roar the home side on as they look to build on their impressive start to the campaign.
Last season’s promotion brought a wave of uncertainty over some of the squad. Some fans questioned whether certain players were good enough. Indeed, the club spent over £40m in the summer on new recruits.
The likes of Oli McBurnie, Luke Freeman, and Lys Mousset all arrived for hefty sums. However, manager Chris Wilder has insisted that it’s his Championship players who deserve their chance.
“Well, they’ve all been given and deserved an opportunity of stepping into the Premier League because of what they’ve done in the Championship. I think ten out of the 11 who played at Spurs were the boys who played in the Championship,” Wilder said (BBC).
“It’s how you adapt to it. The boys deserved it and they’ve grabbed their opportunity. They need to keep improving and raising the bar as we do as well”
Those players, who include the likes of Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell from League One, have been exceptional this season.
The attitude of the team has remained the same
One thing has remained constant in this Blades team. The attitude. Not once have United’s players got above their station. That, in part, is down to Chris Wilder and Alan Knill.
The management duo seemingly won’t let the squad rest on its laurels. New targets are constantly set to ensure the hunger in the squad remains. Indeed Wilder was quick to point out how his players approach big games like Manchester United.
“The players attitude is one that whoever they’re up against they’ll give it a go. They’re very humble in their approach and they have to be,” Wilder added.
It’s that attitude, approach, and humbleness what Chris Wilder will hope leads to a memorable win for his Blades side come Sunday evening.