Sheffield United have impressed legendary manager, Jose Mourinho.
The Premier League and Champions League winning coach was in the Sky Sports studio to watch Liverpool and Man City. With the game ending 3-1 to Liverpool, talk soon turned to the top four places.
And with United sitting in fifth following their draw at Spurs this weekend, the Blades were in the on-screen graphic.
Despite none of the other pundits taking time to speak about Chris Wilder’s team, Mourinho didn’t pass up his chance.
“Chelsea, Leicester…and especially Sheffield United. I really like what they are doing. I think they are doing really, really well”, he said.
It was nice to hear such comments from a manager who is held in such high regard. Mourinho has guided Chelsea to multiple league titles in England and also enjoyed success abroad.
He’s currently out of work after leaving Manchester United last season. But he’s clearly keeping his eye in and has been suitably impressed with the Blades it seems.
The praise coming towards Sheffield United has been a long time coming, in all honesty.
Before the season started, we saw numerous examples of pundits writing the Blades off. A lot of those comments seemed flippant and ill-researched. The likes of Adrian Durham and Danny Mills, in particular, have come in for criticism from Blades fans.
However, to get comments from people as high up in the game as Mourinho suggests that the message is getting through.
The other pundits were relatively quiet in their assessments of the Blades. Although, that will suit Chris Wilder and his team you would think. Wilder is grounded and expects his team to be that way too.
Chelsea, Leicester, and other clubs are welcome to the praise and expectation that comes with it.
For Blades fans, the words Jose Mourinho and Sheffield United probably wouldn’t have ever been expected to be in the same sentence before this season.
It’s certainly a good time to be a Blade.