Chris Wilder says he pins up unfair criticism of Sheffield United in the dressing room to motivate his players.
Following their promotion to the Premier League and their first top flight season in 12 years, there were plenty of unpopular opinions about the Blades.
Garth Crooks described Wilder’s side as “basic” on BBC’s Final Score. Amazingly this was said following their comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Before that Danny Mills said on Sky Sports that their style of play was “direct”. Adrian Durham went even further on his Talksport show, saying United are “going down” and “not even taking the Premier League seriously”.
They may not be mathematically safe just yet, but relegation looks highly unlikely this campaign. After winning 1-0 at Crystal Palace at the weekend, they sit in sixth position after 25 games.
European qualification is more of a possibility currently than the drop.
How Wilder uses criticism of Sheffield United to his advantage
Comments such as those above are nothing more than ammunition to motivate the squad. For Wilder and his team, they seem to thrive when tagged as the underdogs.
So when Colin Murray asked the 52-year-old if he pins up criticism of his side during his At Home With Colin Murray podcast, the response was predictable.
“Everything gets pinned up! We’ve got a Whatsapp group and I’m putting stuff about what he said or what he said,” said Wilder.
“I think there’s a lot of bulls**t, a lot of b******s, a lot of noise and nonsense that gets chucked about. It’s the division that you’re in.
“I think at times I’m quite angry and want to fight my way out of corners. If that gives me the edge I’m fine with it. I won’t change and I haven’t changed.
“I’m a bit sensitive when people have a nip at us when I think it’s not right.”