This is what Football Manager 2020 predicts:
1. 2019/20 - Bye-bye Wilder?!
Football Manager has an interesting perspective on how the Blades will fare in the Premier League, predicting that they will finish 20th with only seven wins all season (they have four already). Chris Wilder is sacked as Sheffield United manager at the end of the season! Not sure we can see that one happening. Sheffield Wednesday endure a dire season under Garry Monk, finishing 18th in the Championship, which again looks unlikely on current form.
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2. 2020/21 - New managers all-round
Sheffield Wednesday have another nightmare campaign, and in November Garry Monk is sacked after a year and a half in charge, replaced by former Arsenal full-back Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The Owls just about survive in 20th. Sheffield United appoint Mark Hughes as manager! The Welshman leads them to the play-off final, where they lose to Nottingham Forest 2-1.
3. 2021/22 - Owls do derby double
The Owls claim wins both home and away in the Steel City derby, a huge boost for their new manager. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back at the Blades, who agonisingly finish third in the table and lose in the play-offs again - the derby defeats cost them automatic promotion. Sheffield Wednesday have the bragging rights but can only finish 17th, meaning both sides remain in the second tier.
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4. 2022/23 - Hey Thierry!
The managerial merry-go-round continues as Mark Hughes and Giovanni van Bronckhurst are BOTH sacked on the same day, October 29th. The Blades opt for Thierry Henry, sacre bleu! The Owls are a little more boring and opt for Marcel Koller of Switzerland. Both remain in the second tier as United finish 8th and Wednesday 11th.
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