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New Sheffield United manager must reportedly show they can play this Wilder tactic

The new Sheffield United manager must be able to work with a 3-5-2 formation.

That’s according to Yorkshire Live, who report that the club’s hierarchy is currently creating a shortlist of candidates.

The Blades have received many applications from people hoping to permanently succeed Chris Wilder as boss.

Paul Heckingbottom currently occupies the role after stepping up from the Under-23s following the departure of Wilder.

Yet he will return to his usual job at the end of the season and a new man will be brought in.

They will likely be tasked with trying to get United promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Relegation to the Championship looks to be almost a certainty for the side marooned at the bottom of the table.

Why new Sheffield United manager must play 3-5-2

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The system has become synonymous with the Blades during Wilder’s almost five years in charge at Bramall Lane.

There have been slight variations, with a number ten deployed before being promoted to the top flight and playing a flat midfield three. But essentially the formation has remained largely the same.

Therefore, whoever gets the job will inherit a squad built for that system. There are no natural wingers in it, for example.

The United board are keen to avoid a squad overhaul this summer and as a result, want to hire someone comfortable playing Wilder’s tried and trusted formation,

This isn’t to say they won’t allow them to move away from it, but they don’t want someone coming in with radical changes.

Which makes sense in terms of keeping the majority of the players together. But also feels a little like trying to replace Wilder with like-for-like.

The 53-year-old was a huge success with the Blades. But now he’s gone, why not allow someone to come in with completely fresh ideas – just as Wilder was given the freedom to do in 2016?

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