Former Leeds defender, Danny Mills, has once again been giving his thoughts on Sheffield United.
Mills has been pretty vocal this season and has had his say on United previously. At the beginning of the season he called United’s style direct, while following the game against West Ham, he seemed to claim the result was down to West Ham having an off day.
Those opinions have since been put to bed by Chris Wilder’s team. The Blades currently sit sixth in the Premier League following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United this weekend.
However, that doesn’t appear to have stopped Mills passing his comments on United and not quite being able to be fully positive about things.
“They’ve had a meteoric rise under Chris Wilder. I think what we’ve seen is when teams try this before the squad gets an inbalance. This group of players know each other very well and they’ve been given that opportunity,” Mills said (Talksport).
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Despite the initial positive start to his comments, Mills stopped short of fully praising United, instead making an insinuation that the Blades are just riding the crest of a wave.
“It’s a massive high and a huge buzz. You’re going to Anfield, Old Trafford, for the first time, and when they come to you, it’s massive for you. Second season syndrome, that’s where reality kicks in”.
Why can’t Danny Mills bring himself to heap the praise on the Blades?
There’s no point hiding behind it really, Mills definitely seems to have some sort of agenda against United. It’s not the first time he’s refused to outright praise the Blades and it probably won’t be the last.
It’s a very strange stance to take, though. Mills has little reason to try and incite the wrath of Blades fans other than his Leeds ties. Even those are loose at best, as most Sheffield United fans probably don’t particularly care for Mills’ career at Elland Road.
However, it won’t bother the Blades players or Chris Wilder. Not one bit, in fact.
The likes of Danny Mills can continue to write Sheffield United off at their peril. The end of the season will be the telling story. It doesn’t matter one jot about ‘second season syndrome’ at the moment.