Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has said the fact Chris Wilder has been ‘lucky’ in one aspect of his season does not make him jealous.
The Canaries boss was speaking ahead of the clash with the Blades at Bramall Lane today. Farke has had to sit back and watch United take the Premier League by storm while his Norwich side is sat at the bottom of the table.
However, the German insists he has a lot of respect for Wilder, although he admitted the Blades boss has had a bit of luck.
“They were already solid in defence last season and Chris has stuck to those players. I’m not jealous but he’s a bit lucky they have always been available,” Farke said. (Norwich FC)
“He’s stuck with the same back three and wing backs, so they’re used to playing with each other. We’ve played them several times over recent years and they more or less play the same approach, but they know what we want to do. They know us perhaps better than any other coach on this level. Each game is close and it’s always difficult.”
Norwich and United have developed quite the rivalry in recent times. Blades fans booed Farke’s team at Bramall Lane a few seasons back after Farke clearly employed time-wasting tactics to get a result.
Then, this season, United had a red-card overturned and came from behind to win 2-1 at Carrow Road. In fact, the Canaries haven’t been United in their last three attempts despite pipping the Blades to the title.
A respect beneath it all
Despite some heated moments, Farke admitted he does respect Wilder a lot.
“It wasn’t love on the first view with Chris Wilder! But sometimes after that, the biggest love develops! We’re both full of respect,” Farke added.
Wilder, meanwhile, respectful as he is, won’t care about that when the whistle goes. The Blades boss will want nothing more than to see his team come out of the blocks quickly and try and get a foothold in the game at Bramall Lane.
A win for both clubs is massive, albeit both teams having differing aspirations.