Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes the table is not reflective of Sheffield United’s ability, ahead of this weekend’s clash.
The Blades sit rock bottom of the Premier League table after only one win and two draws all season. However, a victory over Newcastle in midweek will have given United a big boost.
Last time out, Mourinho’s men fell to the Blades as Wilder’s men produced one of their best displays of the season post-lockdown.
And Mourinho, speaking to Football.London ahead of the game at Bramall Lane on Sunday, believes the Blades are far better than the table suggests.
“I don’t look to the table. Of course, I look but I go deeper than that. They’re not the worst team in the Premier League at all.
“They’re a much, much, much better team than what the table says, you analyse their matches and many times the opponent was not better than them,” Mourinho said.
The Spurs boss only took one point from the two games with the Blades last season and wants his player to approach this one as if they are playing the Sheffield United of old, not a bottom of the table side.
“If in our mind we’re going to play the worst team in the Premier League we’re going to be in big trouble,” Mourinho added.
Wilder and Mourinho mutual respect is obvious
We saw last year the admiration our own boss had for Mourinho and it’s clear the Spurs manager feels similar about Wilder.
The Blades gaffer has spoken again today about how Mourinho is his favourite Premier League manager.
United will have to be at their best to get anything from a massively talented Spurs side but Mourinho, as all the best coaches do, will be more than aware a shock could be on the cards.