Danny Mills has earned the wrath of the Sheffield United fans on Twitter after his assessment of the side.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Mills was asked to give his opinion on how the Blades would get on this season.
They are getting ready for their first Premier League campaign in 12 years after finishing second in the Championship. It was their second promotion in three years under manager Chris Wilder.
“I think they’ll be similar to Cardiff, but I think they might be a little bit better than that. They might fare a little bit better,” Mills said.
“I still think they’re going to find it very, very hard.
“Chris Wilder attracting players to Sheffield United is never going to be easy. It’s not the most glamorous club, not the most glamorous way of playing. They might play a little direct at times.”
What the Sheffield United fans think of Danny Mills
The cynic might argue that Mills has compared United to Cardiff because the latter are managed by Neil Warnock.
When the Blades were last in the top flight in 2006/07 Warnock was in charge. At the time it was true that they played a little direct.
However, that was more than a decade ago. Wilder is the ninth permanent appointment at Bramall Lane since then.
While his demeanour may seem traditional or old school to some, the 51-year-old’s approach to football is far from it. Wilder has introduced a free-flowing and expansive 3-4-1-2 system. His most original innovation is the introduction of overlapping centre-backs.
It’s understandable then that these supporters are unhappy with what Mills has to say.
Danny mills saying our football isn’t attractive we literally play with our CB’s up front. Clueless pundits strike again. #twitterblades
— Dane Hodgson (@danehodgson1) August 8, 2019
Waiting for Wilder to call Danny Mills a muppet from Leeds at the end of the season #twitterblades
— Darren Maynard (@DMbass79) August 8, 2019
I would like to thank Danny Mills. If all the teams we will be playing think the same as Danny Mills they won’t know how to defend against one of the most original teams in the league.
— warsop blade (@martinwood_wood) August 8, 2019
— Chrissy Wilder & Alan Knill ⚔ (@WilderAndKnill) August 8, 2019
Danny Mills seems to be confusing our situation with maybe the perception of Huddersfield when promoted. Unglamorous & struggling to attract players seems from that script. Seems to be the narrative it’s been decided we deserve. Think Wilder needed that extra motivation obviously
— John G (@GriftersUnited) August 8, 2019
@SkySportsNews obviously 20 years since Danny mills saw the blades play please get pundits that do research and not milk a wage (not the most glamorous of football) are you having a laugh, they play with overlapping centre backs #anotherpunditthatdosnthsveaclue
— steven roebuck (@sjroebuck) August 8, 2019