Former Premier League defender, Danny Higginbotham, has praised Sheffield United duo Chris Wilder and Enda Stevens.

Higginbotham had a spell with the Blades towards the end of his career, but is best known for playing in the top flight with the likes of Derby County, Southampton and Stoke City.

In a Twitter Q&A, the 41-year-old was asked a variety of questions. This included who the best Irish footballer is currently – to which Higginbotham answered Stevens.

Then Higginbotham became the latest high profile person in football to back Wilder for the manager of the year award.

Ex-Arsenal and England right-back, Lee Dixon, has previously said he believes Wilder deserves the accolade. Since then, former Blades strikers Brian Deane and Gareth Taylor had backed the sentiment.

Does Wilder deserve top Premier League award?

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Assuming the English top flight does resume after its postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, then the 52-year-old is certainly in the running.

In fact, it is likely to be a two-way tussle between Wilder and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. The Reds currently top the table by 25 points and were only two victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years before the suspension.

Liverpool have only dropped points in two of their 29 league matches, losing to Watford and drawing with Manchester United. If fixtures do resume they could secure the record points tally.

If that were to happen it would be hard to argue against Klopp getting the award. Yet, what Wilder has achieved is also hugely impressive.

In the Blades’ first Premier League season in 12 years, they are currently seventh with 43 points. They have a game in hand over the teams directly above them, which if they won would move them up to fifth.

Either Klopp or Wilder would be deserved winners.

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