Sheffield United news LIVE: Chris Wilder on Lys Mousset, West Brom, Diego Maradona and more

It’s press conference day for Sheffield United today and Chris Wilder is up in front of the media ahead of a huge match tomorrow evening.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 2:00 pm

The Blades take on fellow strugglers West Brom at the Hawthorns, with United still yet to pick up a win this season as we head into the midway point in this Premier League campaign.

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Chris Wilder is speaking to the media this morning ahead of Sheffield United taking on West Brom: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United news LIVE: Chris Wilder press conference

Last updated: Friday, 27 November, 2020, 17:51

  • Sheffield United take on West Brom tomorrow evening
  • Chris Wilder and John Fleck spoke to the media this afternoon
  • The Blades are expected to welcome Lys Mousset back into the squad after injury

The physical and mental challenges facing Enda Stevens

Despite flying through the audition, when Sheffield United were successfully navigating their way out of the Championship, Enda Stevens admits that being asked to reprise his role as a makeshift centre-half has brought a fresh series of challenges now Chris Wilder’s side are in the Premier League.

The physical and mental challenges facing one Sheffield United player as, ahead of a crucial Premier League encounter, he attempts to turn himself into a centre-half

Despite flying through the audition, when Sheffield United were successfully navigating their way out of the Championship, Enda Stevens admits that being asked to reprise his role as a makeshift centre-half has brought a fresh series of challenges now Chris Wilder’s side are in the Premier League.

‘We have to stick to our beliefs’

Chris Wilder has revealed why he retains complete belief in his methods as Sheffield United look to arrest their poor start to the Premier League season at West Brom tomorrow evening.

Why Chris Wilder retains complete belief in Sheffield United's methods ahead of crunch West Brom clash

Chris Wilder has revealed why he retains complete belief in his methods as Sheffield United look to arrest their poor start to the Premier League season at West Brom tomorrow evening.

How much are you looking forward to seeing this man back on the pitch?

Wilder on Lys Mousset

“He’s been a huge miss for us. He was outstanding since his transfer last season.  

"He’s a game changer. He’s got raw pace, there’s something that comes from him out the ordinary.

"We’re delighted to have him back.”

Wilder on Oli McBurnie

He's OK, he understands the life and times of a centre forward in the Premier League. The run we had in the previous three games, chances were at a premium but we created, and we created against West Ham. He understands he has to get in those positions and take the responsibility on, but it's the life of a striker. You attract glory when it goes well and criticism when it doesn't. It'll drop for him.  

Wilder on Maradona’s death

I've known the story for a long time with my history, it was in my early years of supporting the club as my love for it grew. Danny Bergara, he played a big part as reserve team manager and I knew all about his part, and knew the situation about getting close to signing Maradona. But it's probably par for the course that we didn't get him! We got Alex Sabella, who wasn't bad, but I personally believe with the era that Maradona played in, the protection he wasn't afforded, the brutality of defenders and the state of the pitches at the time, he was a fabulous footballer. He was right up there, and a disappointing day for the footballing world.

Wilder on fans being allowed back into grounds

It was funny looking at that map, wasn't it? Shock. Us in the north were fully expecting to be in the old tier three. I won't get into the politics too much, and I'm delighted supporters are looking to get back in grounds. But it should be at the same time, from an integrity point of view. I can't wait to see fans back but I think it should happen at the same time for everybody. But we have to overcome it in the next couple of weeks. Southampton and Brighton are in tier two, in the south, and it's something we'll have to get on with.

CW: We believe in what we’re doing

We believe in what we're doing, it's worked for me for a long period of time. We're always assessing and analysing and we have to believe that the next game is the one that turns it around. I don't believe a wrecking ball is needed. It might be if we were all over the place and getting beat three or four. But if we'd have won the game on Sunday I don't think people would have been scratching their heads. We know it'll be tough, as we always expect. It's another team desperate to affect their position, with some good players and a fabulous manager in Slav. We have to stick to our beliefs and principles.

Chris Wilder’s pain at Blades’ poor run

I believe, and there's no reason for me not to, that they've been tight games and listening to other people's opinions, who I respect in the game, they've said the same. But it doesn't ease the pain.

Fleck on Scotland qualifying for Euro 2020

It's a massive step forward and brought a lot of happiness to the nation. It's been a while since we did it and it was a big turnaround.

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