Stan Collymore says Sheffield United finishing in the top six would be “in the same ballpark” as Manchester City winning the Premier League title with 100 points.
Man City made English top flight history in 2017/18 when they became the first team ever to reach a century of points. With only 114 maximum available in a 38-game season, it was a phenomenal achievement.
Yet Collymore believes that the Blades ending this term in the top six is comparable. In fact, the pundit thinks it would also match Liverpool winning the league by 20 points – which would be the biggest margin of victory in Premier League history. The Reds are currently 22 points clear of second-placed City.
“What is certain is that if the Blades do finish in the top six then it will be up there among the great stories,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column.
“It wouldn’t be the miracle of Leicester (in 2015/16), but it would be in the same ballpark as Manchester City reaching 100 points and Liverpool winning the title by 15 to 20 clear points – because of the consistency and belief they have carried through the Premier League this season.”
Is it comparable to Manchester City and their 100 points?
The Blades have certainly been impressive in their first top flight campaign in 12 years. After 26 games, they currently sit fifth in the table with 39 points.
If they can maintain their position it would be the club’s best finish since 1902/03. Considering the resources at Chris Wilder’s disposal compared to others in the division, it would certainly be one of the most impressive feats the Premier League has ever seen.
Yet what City achieved under Pep Guardiola two years ago is one of the biggest ever in English football. Even with their financial clout, Guardiola’s side did something many didn’t think was possible.
And Liverpool could yet eclipse that this season. They have dropped just two points from their 25 matches so far.
We, of course, love Wilder and what his team have shown in 2019/20. But perhaps Collymore has gone a little overboard on this occasion.