Remembering the day Sheffield United's boss took aim at "muppets" from Leeds United after Blades beat Whites to promotion

A year ago today, Sheffield United sealed promotion to the promised land of the Premier League after Leeds United failed to beat Aston Villa at Elland Road.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:33 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:33 am
Chris Wilder and Billy Sharp celebrate winning promotion to the Premier League: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

United had beaten Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane the previous day and knew that anything but a Leeds win would put them in the Premier League. Leeds went ahead through a controversial goal from Mateusz Klich, after Villa had stopped following an injury, before Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa ordered his side to let Villa score unopposed.

For United it was the perfect riposte to comments from Leeds players, including Patrick Bamford, who had attempted to pile the psychological pressure on United in the race for second place.

"We've had one defeat in 13 and I've got muppets from Leeds talking about the pressure being on us," Wilder said in an interview soon after promotion had been sealed.

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“Bamford and [Adam] Forshaw and a couple of others. ‘It's over to you’ and this, that and the other. They got beat seven times since Christmas. We've been beaten once. We've set it up from Christmas to be in the race and we've steamrolled it. After the international break, two points a game. That's promotion form right the way through in the pressure part of the season. Listen, don't mention anything about bottle and b******s or about us dipping out. Full respect to Marcelo as well for the way they handled that today. Not full respect to Patrick Bamford, obviously.

“But the way we've gone about it, I think it has gone under the radar. It's not got enough credit in terms of media coverage. Everybody wanted Leeds to go up. And we've just come absolutely steaming through and deserve to play Premier League football.

"It’ll be a fabulous experience for everyone at our football club. We had a lot of pelters for six years when we were in League One and a lot of crap to put up with, for a long long time. Now, it’s our time. We’ve got to enjoy it. We’ll enjoy this period and we might take a few thumpings. But everyone said that in the Championship, as well. Two years, in and out.

“In, year, out. See ya.”

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