Former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown says club can emulate Leicester success
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Former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown says club can emulate Leicester success

Former Sheffield United midfielder, Michael Brown, thinks the club can emulate the success of Leicester City.

Leicester achieved one of the biggest shocks in English football history when they won the Premier League title in 2015/16.

It was only their second season back in the top flight following promotion. They only just avoided relegation that first term, winning six of their last eight matches to avoid the drop.

Yet that impressive final form continued into the next campaign as they won the title, even though some bookmakers had given odds as long as 5000/1 to for them to achieve that.

It has been the catalyst for them to become an established top half side. This season they look set to qualify for the Champions League under current manager Brendan Rodgers.

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Predicting the Blades will win the title might be a bit of a leap, but they have certainly adjusted to life in the Premier League well following their own promotion.

Heading into this weekend’s trip to Norwich City, they are eighth in the table with 40 points. Not to mention they have a game in hand over those directly above them, which if they won would take them up to fifth.

There is a genuine possibility that United could qualify for Europe in 2019/20. As one of the last teams to break the stranglehold of the traditional top six and do that, it’s therefore perhaps easy to see why Brown has likened Chris Wilder’s side to Leicester.

“To say I have been impressed is an understatement. It’s just amazing how they have taken to the Premier League this season,” the pundit told Yorkshire Live.

“Chris Wilder has had a lot of praise but I have to praise the players too because of their application and how brave they have been to take the ball against top teams.

“There’s a great spirit there, all the players are loving going to work every day. It’s a proper team with a real desire and when you have that desire you saw what Leicester City did with that team ethic and we are seeing that now with Sheffield United.”

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