Sheffield United hero Jan Aage Fjortoft tells fans to back Chris Wilder
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Sheffield United hero Jan Aage Fjortoft tells fans to back Chris Wilder

Sheffield United cult hero Jan Aage Fjortoft says that the fans should get behind boss Chris Wilder.

Fjortoft and Wilder played for the Blades at the same time in the late 1990s, with the former becoming a popular figure among supporters.

The latter didn’t make as much of an impression on the pitch at Bramall Lane as he subsequently has off it.

An average player for United, Wilder is now arguably their greatest ever manager.

During his first four years in charge, the 53-year-old guided them to two promotions and a ninth place finish in the Premier League – their highest position since 1992.

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Yet some are starting to question whether Wilder is still the right man for the job after a surprisingly poor start to this season.

The South Yorkshire side are rock bottom in the top flight with one point and nine defeats from 10 league matches.

Fjortoft thinks Sheffield United already have best man at the helm

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The former Norway international’s career path has taken a very different direction to Wilder’s.

Fjortoft now works in the media, largely covering German football.

And the 53-year-old has told any of the Blades support not behind Wilder to have a rethink.

“I think there should be a clear message to fans – to players as well – ‘we will stick with Chris Wilder. Whatever happens, he will stay’,” Fjortoft told The Sheffield Star.

“You can only stay in the Premier League by sticking together.

“There wouldn’t be a modern Sheffield United without Chris – the best manager the club can dream of.”

Fjortoft is right. It’s been difficult watching United so far in 2020/21 as they continuously show some promise, before eventually losing.

The lack of fight has been particularly disappointing.

But expectations have been greatly inflated in such a short time and that’s down to one man – Wilder.

Guiding the Blades from 11th in League One to the top half of the Premier League in four years is nothing short of remarkable. All why playing innovative and attractive football on a budget that would be considered mid-range in the Championship.

Any fan questioning if Wilder is the right person for the job should cast their mind back to that turgid spell in the third tier. It shouldn’t take long, as it was less than five years ago.

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