BT Sport pundit, Robbie Savage, has admitted he was wrong about Sheffield United and backed Chris Wilder to be recognised alongside Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp is well on course to win the manager of the year away. Rightly so, too, given his Liverpool side are yet to lose and could win the Premier League with a record total.
But after visiting the Blades boss this week, Savage has admitted he was wrong in his prediction about United at the start of the campaign.
“Before a ball was kicked last August, I tipped them to go down because I didn’t think they would score enough goals to survive in the top flight,” Savage said. (Mirror)
“Wilder is presiding over a footballing miracle. Not only was I wrong but I’m also happy to admit it. Unlike certain pundits who are too stubborn to change their minds, Wilder is an old-school manager who’s moved with the times.”
The Blades can move to within two points of the Champions League places this weekend. A win over Bournemouth at Bramall Lane would see United close the gap on Chelsea.
Quite remarkable, given that three years ago the club was in League One.
A monumental shift in opinion
For all Chris Wilder’s work this season and all the excellent performances from his team, one of the biggest achievements will be proving so many people wrong.
Danny Mills, Garth Crooks, and Steve Nicol, all among those who wrote the Blades off. Savage, too, admittedly, backed United to go down. Indeed, an entire spread in the newspapers made up a number of ‘pundits’ all had Wilder’s men in the bottom three.
It speaks volumes, then, that just five months on from those predictions, these pundits can’t get enough of Sheffield United.
For all the good results, performances, and potential European qualification it might bring, this is one of the sweetest victories for the club as a whole.