Former Leeds defender, Dominic Matteo, has claimed his former club can ‘get at Sheffield United’ on Sunday and insists he’s backed the Blades to go down this season.

Chris Wilder’s men have had a bit of a nightmare start to their second season in the Premier League. Two goals down to Wolves in no time on the opening day was followed by a tenth minute red card for John Egan in the second game against Villa.

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Both games ended in defeat, although Wilder saw cause for optimism from both games in how his team reacted.

However, ahead of this weekend’s clash with Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United, former Whites defender Matteo has revealed how he thinks the Blades could struggle this season.

“Sheffield United fans won’t like me for saying this but I had them to go down this season before we saw any games. I just felt they might struggle to replicate what they did last year and, in the first few games, they’ve found that,” Matteo wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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“They’ve been brilliant since they came up, you can’t criticise the job they’ve done, they play the right way and they put their all in but I think this is a real chance for Leeds to get at them.”

Matteo’s comments follow a similar pattern to last season. Back then, a number of pundits and so-called experts backed United for immediate relegation. We all know how that turned out…

Matteo bound to have Leeds bias, we just need to crack on

Pundits will always have their say, as will former players, it’s just the nature of the beast.

In fairness to Matteo here, he isn’t too wide of the mark. Leeds have started well and he rightly fancies them to have a go at Bramall Lane on Sunday. He does say they have more ‘quality’ than us, however, which can be questioned.

Regardless, it’s all set to be a good game. Maybe Wilder will pin the paper on the wall again and Matteo, unbeknownst to him, has just given our teamtalk for nothing.

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