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.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 2:19 pm

The Blades face their fellow strugglers still looking for their first win of the campaign, with nine games played.

A combination of factors, chiefly the absence of Jack O'Connell to injury, has nullified the effectiveness of United's innovative 3-5-2 formation - which took them close to qualifying for Europe last season, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

A growing number of fans believe United should consider redrawing their approach, perhaps to a back four, in light of the loss of O'Connell.

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But Wilder said today: "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 [against West Ham] I don't think people would have been scratching their heads."

West Brom, promoted from the Championship last season under Slaven Bilić, are a place and two points above United in the Premier League table.

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, is much more flexible tactically than some people suggest: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

"We know it'll be tough, as we always expect," Wilder added.

"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."