Wilder calls for perspective from Sheffield United fans after worst start in history
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Wilder calls for perspective from Sheffield United fans after worst start in history

Chris Wilder has asked the Sheffield United fans to have some perspective, with the club having made the worst start in English top flight history.

That unwanted record was confirmed on Thursday night with the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

It was the Blades’ 12th loss in 13 Premier League matches this season and keeps them rock bottom with just a single point.

Many are shocked by the demise of Wilder’s side considering how impressive they were last term.

In their first top flight campaign in 12 years. they finished ninth – their highest league position since 1992.


“I know there’s going to be a lot of discussion about the position that we’re in and the points that we have,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield. “We’ve all got our own story regarding that.”

Giving Sheffield United fans a history lesson

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Wilder’s story is that he has taken the Blades from the bottom of League One to their highest Premier League finish in almost three decades in just four years.

The 53-year-old has returned as boss to a club he watched from the terraces as a boy and played on the pitch for as a man and given them back belief and pride.

Their success and failures therefore mean more to him that most. And, up until this campaign, it has overwhelmingly been the former on that front.

Wilder has brought times to Bramall Lane that seemed unthinkable as the club entered their sixth successive season in League One when he took over in 2016.

He’s asking supporters to remember that it has rarely been this good in most of their lifetimes.

“I think Sheffield United fans will know where I’m coming from. This football club, since 1970, has had 11, 12, 13 seasons in the top flight,” Wilder said.

“Since ’95, has had one with Neil Warnock (2006/07), one last year and this year. Three in 25 years.

“We’re trying to bridge that gap as best as we possibly can.”

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