It has been an astonishing rise to prominence over the past three years for Sheffield United, hasn’t it?
After finishing in an underwhelming 11th position in League One in 2016, the Blades decided to replace Nigel Adkins with then-Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder.
Tasked with securing promotion to the second tier of English football, the 51-year-old brought in the likes of Mark Duffy, Jack O’Connell and John Fleck as he looked to freshen up the club’s squad ahead of the new season.
After a shaky start which saw his side fail to win any of their four opening fixtures, Wilder’s trust in his 3-5-2 system eventually paid off as United launched an incredible run of form which culminated in them winning the title by 14 points.
Having narrowly missed out on the play-offs in the following campaign, this season has seen the Blades exceed all expectations as an outstanding level of consistency has seen them clinch promotion to the Premier League ahead of the much-fancied Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.
With a top-two place already secured, Wilder must now concentrate on trying to usurp league leaders Norwich City next Sunday. By beating Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium, United could leapfrog the Canaries if Daniel Farke’s side suffer a final-day defeat at the hands of Villa.
Although this scenario is relatively unlikely to occur, there is no reason why the Blades should not be targeting what would be a historic triumph. By overcoming Norwich, Wilder’s men will become the first United side to win the second division title for 66 years whilst reaching 91 points would allow them to record their highest ever total at this particular level.
On an individual basis, by leading the club to a first-place finish, Wilder will complete the stupendous achievement on winning his third league crown in four years.
What do you think Blades fans? Should your club be targeting the Championship title now they have achieved promotion? Where does Wilder rank in terms of your best ever managers? Let us know below.
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