“THIS is the best team I’ve ever had”.
That’s Neil Warnock’s view of his current Queen’s Park Rangers side.
Words to wind up Blades fans who look back with reverence and longing to their former boss’ Sheffield United side of 2006.
But there’s more to it than that.
“I think this is the best team I have ever had but I don’t think it has a better spirit than the Sheffield United team that got promoted to the Prenmiership,” said Warnock at Queen’s Park Rangers’ Harlington training ground yesterday.
“People like Chris Morgan, Paddy Kenny, Monty (Nick Montgomery) and Michael Tonge. They were gems of people. We had something special then. It was a great time.
“We had our bust-ups but I still have so much time for all those people.”
Now Warnock’s best team are about to emulate his most characterful one, as they sit nine points clear of the pack at the top of the Championship.
“I hope we can make it and I hope Sheffield United make it away from relegation, too. I think they couldn’t have a better man than Micky Adams battling for them. He had a shocking start but they’re over that now and they have eight games to claw themselves out of the bottom three.
“I think they can do it.”
Three points on Monday would be a good start.