What a three years it has been for Sheffield United supporters.
After witnessing their side finish in an underwhelming eleventh position in League One in May 2016, the arrival of Chris Wilder brought much-need hope to the Bramall Lane faithful. The 51-year-old had just won the League Two title with Northampton Town in impressive style and promised to deliver the same level of success for the Blades, which he did – emphatically.
United steamrollered their way through the third tier and ended up finishing fourteen points clear of nearest challengers Bolton Wanderers, securing a return to the Championship after six years away. For Wilder, this was only the start of the journey with this particular season representing a chance to take the club back to the Premier League.
With seven games left to play for the Blades, the club find themselves in a great position to secure their ultimate goal of top-flight football, something that the club’s fans have recognised.
Saturday’s game at Preston North End will see 6,000 supporters (according to the Star) make the two hour trip to Lancashire with the hope of seeing their side bounce back from last week’s 3-2 defeat to Bristol City. Wilder’s side should use this backing as inspiration to secure a vital victory at Deepdale which could see them move above promotion rivals Leeds United if the Whites fail to pick up three points away at Birmingham City.
If United do secure a top-two finish in May, it will be the ultimate reward for the supporters who stuck by them during the worst of times in the third tier. However, if they end up missing out at the end of the campaign, there is no reason why Wilder cannot bounce back next season, especially when you consider all the positivity that is currently surrounding the club.
What do you think United fans? Can your support on Saturday drive the club towards a priceless victory? Is this just the start for Wilder’s legacy at Bramall Lane? Let us know below.
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