Chris Wilder is convinced his Sheffield United team will pick up points after watching them against Liverpool.
The Blades took the lead at Anfield, but were eventually beaten 2-1 by the Premier League champions. It leaves them with just a single point from six league games.
United are the lowest scorers in the division with only three goals and are without a win. Yet Wilder was pleased with what he saw against the Reds – and thinks it shows the results and points will come soon.
“The boys are mentally in good nick. They’re positive, they’re upbeat and so they should be after playing like they did last time out,” the 53-year-old told The Sheffield Star.
“You don’t perform the way they did, against a team like Liverpool, if you haven’t got something about you. So if anyone was in any doubt about these boys, there they go.
“Yes, we want points. But if you keep playing well then those will come. Yes, results decide everything. But that’s why managers and coaches look at performances too, rather than just the table.”
Wilder has a point about Liverpool and other results
Despite looking through red and white-tinted glasses, it could legitimately be argued the Blades haven’t been outplayed in any of their losses so far this term.
In their 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa and Leeds United, in particular, they could quite easily have won. It suggests they are close to getting a positive result.
Things don’t get any easier with the fixture list, with ties with Manchester City and Chelsea coming up next. Yet similarly, the display on Saturday was almost enough to take something away from Liverpool.
Wilder has had to contend with injuries to key players. Jack O’Connell is going to miss 2020/21 entirely. Lys Mousset has not played this season, while John Fleck is also out.
But Enda Stevens replacing O’Connell in central defence and either Max Lowe or Ben Osborn at wing-back looks a good option. Ethan Ampadu impressed in defensive midfield and Sander Berge was influential in a more advanced role.
The table doesn’t make for good reading currently. However, Wilder has faith and from what we’ve seen, it isn’t blind.