Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder still had time to criticise aspects of his team’s performance, despite seeing his Sheffield United team pick up a point at West Ham.
Wilder was impressed with what he saw from his team in the second period. However, the Blades gaffer was not too complimentary about his side’s opening 45 minutes.
Despite admitting it had been a satisfactory week for his team, he had plenty to complain about.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the game, the Sheffield United manager was in no mood to big his team up too much.
“They were miles better than us. If we were writing on a board aspects you need to win a game of football, we wouldn’t have ticked any boxes,” Wilder said.
“We looked lethargic, kept giving the ball away, and gave the opposition too many chances”.
The United manager was quick to praise the performance of his team’s second half display though. Talking about the spirit and character in his team, Wilder felt the Blades deserved their point.
Lys Mousset was the hero yet again. After hitting the winner in mid-week against Arsenal, he got the equaliser here. It was a fine finish from the Frenchman too. Falling off balance, he tucked away nicely into the bottom corner on the volley to earn the away side a point.
And Wilder admitted that it was tough call to leave Mousset out following his display against Arsenal.
“We’ve got to get him up to speed. The conditioners and himself have got to work on it. It was a tough decision to make but we felt he needed another couple of days”.
Time for Mousset to start?
Despite keeping their unbeaten away record intact, some Blades fans are calling on Wilder to make the change.
Chris Wilder is never a man to be influenced too heavily and he doesn’t criticise his team unless he feels it’s needed. However, he has a big call to make with Mousset, despite his comments above.
The Frenchman is now the club’s out and out top scorer with three goals. A home tie against Burnley might give him the perfect chance to shine. A full weeks’ training behind him might well play into his favour too.
One thing is certain though and that’s United are not short of options when it comes to attacking players.