Dean Henderson has revealed that a place in the Champions League will be the ultimate target if Chris Wilder has anything to do with it.
United currently sit sixth in the Premier League table but could move within two points of fourth with a win over Bournemouth on Sunday. That sort of position was, frankly, unthinkable at the start of the campaign.
But goalkeeper Henderson has revealed that it’s Chris Wilder who keeps driving the club forward. The Man United loanee admitted that if things do carry on as is, then Wilder will not be allowing his squad to rest on their laurels.
“He’s brilliant at man-management. He demands more out of us. If we get to 40 points, we aren’t stopping at 40 points”, Henderson said. (BBC Sport)
“People would think we would stop and be happy. No, we want to go higher. We want to fight for Europe and we want to get the Europa League. If we get past the Europa League, then why not go for the Champions League?”.
Henderson has been in fine form the Blades this term. He’s kept nine clean-sheets in the Premier League while he also recorded a shut-out in the FA Cup win down at Millwall.
Chris Wilder is quite a calm figure off the field. He’s as honest as they come and doesn’t beat around the bush when asked any question.
But one thing that we don’t get to see much of first-hand, is his relentless drive for improvement. It’s the one constant that has stuck since Wilder took over the club. On more than one occasion he has spoken of the need to move the club forward and continue to develop.
That was evident with his dealings in the January window. Three players of high pedigree all arrived at the club on deadline day.
Henderson’s insight here, then, into Wilder is no surprise. With the rest of his interview set to be featured on BBC’s Football Focus tomorrow, it’s bound to be a must-listen for Sheffield United fans.