Sheffield United: Are The Blades set for some shock therapy?

Chris Wilder is planning changes for the visit of Preston North End this weekend: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Chris Wilder is planning changes for the visit of Preston North End this weekend: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, could unveil a new look starting eleven when Preston North End visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

The 50-year-old, together with assistant Alan Knill, is contemplating a series of changes after voicing his disappointment at the team’s display during the 2-1 defeat by Birmingham City four days ago.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil

Preston North End manager Alex Neil

Wilder told The Star he will “look into the players’ eyes” ahead of United’s final home match of the Championship season, having questioned whether some members of his squad have become “too comfortable” in recent months.

Admitting shock therapy could be required to revive his club’s faltering top six challenge, he said: “That obligation we have to our supporters is to finish on a high. So there might be a few changes and surprises. We’ll see what happens. But I’m not ruling it out. No way.”

With only two games of the regular campaign remaining, 11th placed United will enter the meeting with Alex Neil’s side five points behind Derby County in sixth after losing at St Andrews.

Although Wilder insisted they deserve a warm reception from the Bramall Lane crowd after exceeding all expectations following last term’s League One title triumph, he added: “We’ve got to keep driving it forward, keep trying to raise the bar and improving everything that we do.

“If that means shaking things-up a bit, if that’s what we think is required, then so be it. That is what will happen.”