What Wolves boss Nuno said about Sheffield United - and why he's backing them to bounce back after relegation

Nuno Espírito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, has backed Sheffield United to bounce back stronger after they were officially relegated from the Premier League on Saturday evening.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 12:00 pm
Nelson Semedo and Nuno Espirito Santo, manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, console Kean Bryan, Enda Stevens and Oliver Norwood of Sheffield United after defeat confirmed Sheffield United's relegation from Premier League (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Rock-bottom United fell 19 points from safety, with just six games remaining, after Willian Jose’s goal secured a 1-0 victory for Nuno’s side at Molineux.

Earlier in the day, Newcastle’s victory over West Ham meant that defeat would officially condemn United to the Championship, and even a point would leave them needing a miracle to survive because of their inferior goal difference.

United have lost 26 of their 32 league games so far this season, and Nuno said: “We faced a side that I have huge respect and admiration for, for their group of players and Chris Wilder and Paul [Heckingbottom] and the club.

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"We started together in the Championship. Chris Wilder achieved promotion and their first season in the Premier League was amazing with the same players.

"I have big admiration for Sheffield. The character of their group of players is immense.

"I am very sad, but I am sure they will react and bounce back."

Wolves built on their 1-0 win at Fulham to move past the 40-point mark and will now push to finish in the top 10.

“It was a game of two halves, we should have killed the game in our counter attacks because we had too many not to,” Nuno added.

"We achieved a good result today. It wasn't the best performance, let's hope we can improve.

"We were solid, compact and we had chances. We started the second half well and scored the goal, but then we dropped too much."