Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has laid down the challenge for his players of today’s clash with the Blades.
It’s sixth meets seventh in the Premier League at Molineux. Fresh off the back of a stirring point at home to Manchester United, the Blades will be looking to continue their unbeaten away record.
Wolves, meanwhile, are coming off the back of a tricky away trip to Braga in midweek. That too ended in a 3-3 draw, meaning the chances of a high scoring affair are big this afternoon.
Chris Wilder has already spoken ahead of the game and admitted his admiration for Wolves. However, it seems that respect transcends both ways and Wolves manager Santo has issued a warning to his players.
“They go always with high standards; maximum intensity and we have to level that,” Santo commented (Wolves official website).
“There are no excuses for not doing that. They have to match them, but at the same time try to put our talent on the pitch, our organisations, and make our ideas stronger.”
That rallying cry from Santo suggests that he is preparing his team for a tough game. The two teams last met in the Championship the season Wolves won promotion. Both sides won their home games that year, Leon Clarke bagging a double in the fixture at Bramall Lane for United.
Admiration and respect
Both teams have come a long way since they last met at Molineux in February 2018. Wolves ran out 3-0 winners that day but Santo is clear in his opinion on Chris Wilder and his team.
“We have to prepare well because Sheffield United is a fantastic team, with good players,” he added.
“Chris is doing an amazing job. I recall when we faced Sheffield United for the first time, they had just been promoted from League One. During a lot of time that year, Sheffield United was alongside us, so that shows the progression that they are making.”
It’s all set, then, to be a cracking affair this afternoon. The Blades will bring with them a loud and passionate away following to Wolves.
The comments from Nuno Espirito Santo about the Blades are nice. However, come 2pm, both he and Chris Wilder will be going full throttle to ensure it is their team who comes away with three valuable Premier League points.