Sheffield United: 'If we get comfortable, we'll get hurt'

Chris Wilder has warned Sheffield United's impressive start to the new season does not mean they have cracked the Premier League.

Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 2:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 10:18 pm
Sheffield United are eighth in the table: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Instead, as his team prepares to return to action against Burnley on Saturday, Wilder insists it will only be possible to judge its progress at the end of the campaign.

United climbed to eighth in the table when, after five days after beating Arsenal at Bramall Lane, they held West Ham to a draw in east London.

But Wilder insisted: "When you look at a season, you can only assess it when it comes to an end. It's the same with players and staff. I know more than anybody how precarious this job is. If you start getting a cigar out, it comes and smashes you right on the back of the head."

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"We always try and raise the bar," the United manager added. "That doesn't change. It won't change."

Four members of United's squad - David McGoldrick, John Egan, Enda Stevens and Callum Robinson - have been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark while Dean Henderson, John Fleck, Oli McBurnie and Mo Besic have also been selected by their respective countries in recent weeks,

Although Wilder believes that is a sign of the progress his squad has made since being promoted from the Championship, he said: "Every point is so precious. When you get in it, the Premier League, you see why. The intensity, the pressure, how much owners and supporters want to be a part of this division. That's why you can't rest for a moment or even think about getting comfortable."