Sheffield United jumped into fifth place with a win at Crystal Palace yesterday, leading Jamie Redknapp to call for Chris Wilder to win another award.
The Blades boss pipped Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to the LMA Manager of the Year title last term. Once again this year, Wilder has impressed, with his Blades side seriously challenging for Europe.
And following Wolves’ 0-0 draw with Manchester United yesterday, Redknapp was full of praise for the Blades boss and his team.
“We’re talking about Man United and Wolves, and Wolves having a good season. What a job Chris Wilder’s doing“, Redknapp said.
“Jurgen Klopp will win manager of the years. There should be a special award. It’s just amazing what that team is doing”.
Sheffield United’s latest success, once again down in London (they remain unbeaten in the capital this season), underlined their credentials as genuine European challengers.
Fellow pundit and former Wolves man, Matt Murray, echoed Redknapp’s thoughts as well.
“Really good clear identity. The system they play, it’s brilliant. If there was a foreign manager playing in that way, bringing players through from League One…I’m telling you now, that is an awesome job he has done”, Murray said.
Deserved praise for Chris Wilder
As the weeks have ticked by in the Premier League, the more and more pundits have realised just how well the Blades are doing.
In fairness to Redknapp, he has been an advocate of Wilder all season. But at the beginning of the campaign, a number of pundits, such as Garth Crooks and Adrian Durham, wrote the Blades off.
However, the performances of the team have meant it’s now impossible to criticise them. With safety all but secured and the splashing of cash in January, there’s a genuine interest in qualifying for Europe right now.
With a bit of luck, Sheffield United might just be gracing Europe next season.