Chris Wilder was on good form yesterday in his pre-match interview as he discussed today’s clash with Plymouth Argyle.
United have a golden chance to advance in the cup and set themselves up for another home tie for a chance at the quarter-finals.
After seeing off Bristol Rovers and beating Newcastle since before losing to Spurs, the Blades boss is in a more upbeat mood of late.
However, when quizzed on his respect and preparation for the visit of Ryan Lowe’s men, Wilder pulled no punches as he hinted some managers don’t give these games – or other coaches – the respect they deserve.
“We’ve done exactly the same process and coverage as we would with Plymouth as we did with Spurs, and only right as well,” Wilder said.
“We can’t dismiss anybody and that would never be the case from me. Unlike some managers, I respect all the managers in the game. I don’t like a few of them, and I like a few more and I’ve got huge respect for Ryan.”
The Blades boss has had a couple of bust ups this season with the most notable coming in a back and forth with Jurgen Klopp over the Liverpool manager’s insistence of having five subs again.
Whether Wilder was alluding to Klopp here, is open to interpretation but as usual, the Blades boss was to the point with his assessment.
Is Wilder just keeping this bubbling along? It wouldn’t surprise us
If anything, this sort of stuff is just great entertainment. The ding-dong battle with Klopp earlier in the season was fun to watch, with Wilder clearly rattling the German coach.
Wilder’s clearly got those managers he enjoys being around. For example, he’s made no secret of his love for Jose Mourinho but not everyone is The Special One, so there’s bound to be some he doesn’t like.
As in any walk of life, people don’t always get on. And that’s fine, of course.
But any Blades who didn’t immediately think of Jurgen Klopp with a wry smile when Wilder made these comments is probably not quite telling the truth!