Sheffield United news LIVE: Division of Blades sponsor goes into administration | Chris Wilder on 'manager of the year' suggestions, Europe 'talk' and facing Chelsea

Sheffield United showed that they have really shaken off the cobwebs from the shutdown by stretching their unbeaten run to three with a win over Wolves last night.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 5:11 pm

Chris Wilder spoke to us again earlier today to reflect more on that victory and look ahead to the visit of Chelsea to the Lane on Saturday. Stay with us all day for all the latest.

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John Egan is congratulated by Chris Wilder after the winner against Wolves. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)

Sheffield United news LIVE: More reaction to Wolves win and Chris Wilder press conference ahead of Chelsea

Last updated: Thursday, 09 July, 2020, 16:57

  • The Blades beat Wolves last night with John Egan’s late header
  • United into seventh, just a point off sixth
  • David McGoldrick and John Fleck to be assessed ahead of Chelsea on Saturday
  • Oli McBurnie came off through ‘fatigue’, according to Chris Wilder
  • Wilder spoke to the media again this afternoon - scroll to see what he said

Blades attempt to clear-up concerns over sponsor

Sheffield United have attempted to clear up the situation after the Australian division of their main shirt sponsor, USG, has entered voluntary administration.

USG agreed a three-year sponsorship deal at the start of the current season, to feature on the front of United’s shirts and also the sleeve.

A United statement read:

The global multi-asset broker agreed a three-year term with the Blades at the start of the 2019/20 season to become front of shirt and sleeve sponsor. A spokesperson for USG has confirmed the following. The directors and management of USGFX are committed to continue working with all parties and assisting with matters to ensure all legal requirements are satisfied. USG Group, known as USG, consists of several companies, including USG AU, USG UK and others. The news relates only to USG AU and does not influence the financial status or service of USG. The UK operation, USG UK, which is regulated by the FCA is not affected by this situation and continues to trade as normal. Sheffield United will not be commenting further on the matter at this time.

Wilder on life outside of the Premier League

“Oxford and Northampton - enjoyed my stint at both clubs and good to see them going well. Turnaround of Northampton was great, delighted for the people there. It was a tough time there and from Oxford's point of view, going out of the Football League and coming back in and getting a promotion, Karl (Robinson) playing the right way and getting to Wembley, and Wycombe as well. I’ve known Gareth (Ainsworth) for a while, the achievement of Wycombe. There is life outside the Premier League and I understand that more than anyone.”

Wilder on Manager of the Year reports

"Never thought about it once. Working as a manager at any level is a tough job, so many people want to be managers so to manage in the Premier League and the pressure everyone's under and the intensity, you've got to be spot on with everything and I look at the managers that are in the Premier League and Frank (Lampard), going into a football club where he was one of the best in that club's history, to take on manager role takes some bottle. He's attacked it like he did his playing career. They're an outstanding team with a freedom which all comes from the manager and when they've needed to dig in, they do.

He added: “Just because he (Lampard) hasn't stood on the side of the pitch in League Two, it doesn't mean he hasn't got a talent. Chelsea are a hugely powerful club in English football and they've recognised that.”

More on Chelsea: “We all try to overachieve, that's got to be the key, whatever tools you have. The manager has a big influence but look at the academy, it's outstanding. They've got some unbelievable talent coming through the system, we know a lot about it because of exposure they've had at Championship level. James, Abraham, Tomori, Mount... we knew they were top-class players last season. I never thought they'd struggle because they had a manager who knows his way around a pitch and some of the best players in the Premier League, so always going to be a combination of that would make them successful.”

Wilder on Sander Berge

“Every one of our players will always take time to settle in, whatever age and level. Sander coming from a different country at his age, it was never going to be straightforward but his attitude has been outstanding, he wants to learn and improve. He's settled into the city, it's been difficult for the boys who haven't got family through the pandemic but he gets judged on the pitch and has certainly been a standout for us since we got back playing, yet another excellent performance on Wednesday. We all have to recognise he's played as a sitting midfielder, and he's playing as a number 8 now. He has the qualities to do that, he'll end up being a sitter in a one or two but he has the qualities to keep learning.”

Wilder on Frank Lampard

“The way they play, the introduction the younger players into the team, (Christian) Pulisic looks a star, (Tammy) Abraham we knew a bit about, (Mason~) Mount, the manager's enthusiasm and the way they play. They're one of the most free-flowing teams in the division. It's one of the most difficult evenings we're going to have to experience, they have technical players, legs, pace, ability movement... we have to make sure that our shape is at it and produce one of our best performances of the season. From an attacking point of view Chelsea are right up there and we have to be aware of that.”

Wilder on facing Chelsea

“I'd never look at the Premier League and go that's a comfortable game and that's not one we'll get something out of, every game is so tough and we have to be at our best. But when you do look through the list and look at top four teams, including Chelsea, it does add a little bit more to the game. But it didn't feel like that at half time (at Stamford Bridge), they were better in every department than us and we needed to give ourselves a shake. And we did. The next goal was a huge goal and we got it early on, and then it gave us a bit of belief. But to go there and get a result was huge for us and our confidence levels, and the expectancy that we can produce positive performances. Dean (Henderson) had to make a couple of fantastic saves so they all played their part, and it felt like a winner when you score that late even though it wasn't.”

Wilder on Zivkovic

“It's been difficult, we know a bit about Richairo and maybe we'd have liked him to have a bit more football before but got to balance between picking the right team, it's opened up for him and all I can ask is players put in positive performances. Jack Robinson did that, Ozzy (Ben Osborn) has done that with Flecky (John Fleck) being out and it opened up for Rich, thought he was excellent. Two young centre forwards for us, both don't have 300-400 league games under their belts and thought they gave a different type of threat to Wolves late in the game. If Lys (Mousset) can get up to speed a little bit more and if Rich can contribute, it makes us stronger as a group.”

More from Wilder on condition of players

"They have to get over whatever hurdles are in front of them. It is a relentless fixture list but everyone is having to overcome it. There is the odd extra day here and there so when that happens I'll be grateful for it! We have to overcome it and get on with it, the players overcame that on Wednesday night. They were excellent and it felt like a big win. Looking back at the game, it was an outstanding performance considering the opposition and the issues we're having to deal with.

“We'll leave the injuries right to the end, not a lot of news unfortunately on players. We'll give them the best chance we can of being involved and make sensible decisions. Always tried to do that, in conjunction with the medical department and the player. All the players are desperate to play a part in the last four games.”

Wilder on Premier League intensity

“This is a different level. Us playing Championship football Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday is just as intense as Saturday to Saturday in Premier League. The old Fourth Division sides could beat up a First Divison side but not now, with the athletes on show. When you see someone like Adama (Troare) up close... and I'm sure that kit isn't a small kit, either! That's a kit to fit a big powerful footballer, and that's what they all are in the Premier League. They're fabulous athletes as well as being fantastic footballers and that's what we'll be up against on Saturday.”

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