Sheffield United, a glorious and historic club which has just gained promotion from League One after six painful campaigns. The Blades are under the management of lifelong fan, “he’s one of their own,” Chris Wilder. But once promotion was achieved, what then for Wilder’s men? Was the aim to stay up? A predicted table saw them averagely finishing the 2017/18 season in 16th place.
However, the Blades have been proving their doubters wrong, winning five of their opening seven fixtures, conceding only six goals in that time. But the question on everyone’s lips is “can it last?”
It certainly can, as seen previously with Southampton and Norwich City, both gaining promotion from League One and then the Championship at the first time of asking. Momentum is a huge part of the Championship, and those clubs had it, and elements are being seen at Bramall Lane at the moment. They certainly have the momentum and the power, of both the Championship and the Steel City.
The early tester for Wilder’s men would be at Hillsborough. Not only home to a Play-Off contender, but the Blades’ fiercest rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls were massive favourites, but being lead by a man with the mind of a manager and the passion of a fan, how far wrong can you go? United won 4-2, with Wednesday only having two shots on goal, proving the dominance of the team in Red. People’s opinions changed after that performance, the Blades are being recognised.
So will Sheffield United go all the way? Will they make the Play-Offs? They certainly can. But football is football, and there’s a long way to go until May. But if one thing is for sure, those six years are long forgotten. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…