An incredible season in the Championship for Sheffield United got even better on Easter Monday as the club edged even closer to automatic promotion.
The Blades began the day level on points with Leeds United and five points behind leaders Norwich City and would have been under pressure to deliver a positive result against Hull City. With the Tigers unbeaten in their previous 12 games at the KCOM Stadium, it would have been understandable if the club’s supporters were concerned heading into the clash.
However, it turned out that they had nothing to be worried about whatsoever as United delivered a stunning first-half performance which saw David McGoldrick grab a brace before Enda Stevens scored a third for Chris Wilder’s side. Although the Yorkshire-based outfit were unable to add any more goals in the second period, they nevertheless managed to secure a crucial three points on their travels.
With Leeds United suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford in the late kick-off, United moved three points clear of their opponents, meaning that a victory next week over Ipswich Town should all-but guarantee a top-two finish at the end of the season.
However, Wilder may now be eyeing up an even bigger prize in May as his club are now just three points behind Norwich following their latest slip-up at the hands of Stoke City.
The Blades’ 3-0 victory allowed them to move above the Canaries in terms of goal difference which means that a defeat for Daniel Farke’s side could hand their rivals a chance of securing the Championship title. Whereas United have a fairly easy run-in, Norwich still have to face an Aston Villa team who have won their last 10 games in the second tier.
If Wilder can usurp his rivals, it will be his third individual triumph in the last four seasons having won League Two with Northampton Town in 2016 and League One with the Blades a year later.
What do think United fans? Can you catch Norwich between now and the end of the season? Where does Wilder rank in terms of your greatest ever managers? Get in touch below.
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