Sheffield United: Chris Wilder reveals the secret behind his team's Premier League success

Chris Wilder believes the lack of egos in his Sheffield United squad has been the catalyst for its climb to fifth in the Premier League table.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 2:38 pm
Updated Friday, 15th November 2019, 9:14 pm
Manchester United visit Bramall Lane next weekend: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Describing Bramall Lane's first team players as some of the most low-maintainance professionals in the division, Wilder revealed he has never had cause to question their commitment since taking charge of the club three years ago.

"I just think everything takes care of itself," the United manager said. "If you think people are getting above themselves then you'd jump all over it. But I don't think I'll ever have to do that while I'm here because that attitude and hunger is one of the biggest things at this level. That's what the lads have always shown, lots of it."

United were languishing in the third tier of English football when they appointed Wilder in May 2016. After winning promotion at the first time of asking, they finished second in the Championship last term. Wilder's side will enter next weekend's game against Manchester United unbeaten in five outings, following their draw at Tottenham Hotspur six days ago. That run also includes wins over Burnley and Arsenal, with the latter succumbing 1-0 only five months after appearing in the Europa League final.

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Wilder, whose summer recruitment drive focused on signing talent from the English Football League, said: "It is about getting the balance right, these special grounds, but then putting a performance in.

"That's always been the message, and it has to be right the way through the season: enjoy the Premier League, who you are playing against and where you are playing them, but don't fear it."

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Sheffield United climbed to fifth in the Premier League after drawing with Tottenham Hotspur: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.