Chris Wilder has been backed to take over at one of Man United or Arsenal.
The Blades boss has led the United revolution in the last three and a bit years. After guiding the Blades out of League One, he took only two years to get them promoted to the top-flight.
United’s start to life in the Premier League couldn’t have gone better. Sitting in sixth after yet another win yesterday, Wilder has been slowly drawing praise from pundits and opposition fans alike.
And Tony Cascarino believes that Wilder is good enough for one of the top jobs. Speaking to Talksport, the former Ireland striker said he saw no reason why the likes of Arsenal and Man United shouldn’t be going for Wilder.
“Man United job, Arsenal job – Chris Wilder? Absolutely,” Cascarino said.
“There would be a snobbery around football that would go for Allegri or Mourinho. But I’m like, ‘No, I’d rather go with Chris Wilder’. He knows football, he’s a proper football person. Like Sir Alex Ferguson, Jurgen Klopp at Mainz, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona B – he’s shown what he can do.
“I believe there are managers in lower league football who are very gifted and deserve an opportunity. Chris has gone through the whole lot.”
Blades fans starting to worry
It seems unthinkable. Seeing Chris Wilder leave Bramall Lane would break hearts in Sheffield. But it’s not something that is beyond realistic.
No other manager outside of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola has a better record in the last few years. Wilder has not only improved the Blades, he’s revolutionised them.
His impressive over-lapping centre-back system is throwing managers off. Not one team yet, barring maybe Leicester, has had a way of coping with it.
Man United are in disarray. Arsenal are continuing to struggle under Unai Emery. Yes, there are big names are out there. But Wilder is also out there, too.
Losing Wilder at this stage would be gut-wrenching. However, if he did go to Man United or Arsenal, it would be hard to Blades fans to wish him anything but good luck.
United won out this weekend with an excellent 3-0 win over Burnley. We rated Wilder’s men in that game, here.