Video: Chris Wilder wants to reconnect Sheffield United with its fans

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he hopes that the open training session at Bramall Lane helps to bring the club and its supporters closer together.

Wilder, who took over in charge of the Blades two months ago, following the departure of Nigel Adkins, believes that a gap had opened up between fans and those involved at United.

However, a few thousands fans turned out at the Lane to see the players train on the pitch. Some took part in a five-a-side match alongside some of the players, others took penalties at George Long and a couple even got to interview the manager and Billy Sharp.

Following that, a queue stretched out of Bramall Lane as supporters lined up to meet and have their photographs take with United players.

Wilder, himself a life-long Sheffield United fan, was delighted with the turn out.

"This is a family club, I think maybe we lost our identity a little bit in terms of different parts of the club being pulled away from each other but it's important that everyone connects," he said. "These are our future fans as well as presents fans; it's been a great morning and hopefully everyone enjoyed it."

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