Chris Wilder has been backed once again by pundits, with Lee Bowyer and Kevin Nolan becoming the latest to sing his praises.

Chris Wilder has been drawing plenty of praise lately (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Blades manager has led United to sixth in the Premier League table. Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Spurs, they have the joint best defence in the league.

Their weekend demolition job of Burnley has led to some calling for Wilder to be in the reckoning for the Man United and Arsenal Jobs. That topic was the subject of discussion on last night’s ‘Sky Sports – The Debate’ show.

And guests Kevin Nolan and Lee Bowyer both agreed that Wilder has to be mentioned.

“I don’t see any reason why not. With what he has done with Sheffield United, he has to be,” Nolan said.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air. I’m privileged enough to have watched them a few times. You sit and think it can’t work but it does. The way he has his players playing and sitting in for each other, it’s brilliant to watch“.

Refreshing and brave

Current Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has won plaudits himself for the job he’s done at The Valley. Consequently, Bowyer led the Addicks to promotion from League One last term. They have started the season well this around, too.

Lee Bowyer led Charlton to League One success last year (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

And Bowyer remarked that Wilder is being rewarded for being brave with his team.

“He’s done it all the way through the leagues. What’s refreshing to see is he plays two up top. Not many do that now and it’s catching teams out,” he said.

More than just overlapping centre-backs

It’s pretty much a weekly comment about United now. Their use of overlapping centre-backs is often lauded. Actually, there is more to the tactical masterplan that Wilder employs.

Players know exactly where they are meant to be. Most noteworthy, they fill in for each other when needed and are well drilled. Oliver Norwood directs traffic from the middle of the park expertly.

Oliver Norwood is key to Sheffield United’s system (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

It’s an understatement to simply say the Blades do well from one aspect of their play. It’s a full team performance, week in, week out.

Finally, it looks like they are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

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