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James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: Show some ambition but be sensible and stick to a budget

Unlike Eugen Trica, who was so incensed by events during a recent CSM Politehnica Iasi fixture he marched out of the stadium, Chris Wilder stayed until the bitter end of last weekend’s Championship defeat to Millwall.


Video: Championship Player of the Month Leon Clarke believes back-to-back promotions is an achievable target for Sheffield United

Leon Clarke is convinced Sheffield United are capable of mounting a serious push for Premier League football, providing they do not let their standards slip.

Richard Stearman says manager Chris Wilder is right to defy convention

Sheffield United: Richard Stearman says Chris Wilder’s willingness to defy convention has strengthened his bond with Bramall Lane’s squad

Supporters called it commendable, commentators cathartic and David Brooks, one of those on the receiving end, thoroughly deserved.

George Baldock could return to action tonight: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: How Chris Wilder got himself bunkered as his team prepared for tonight’s meeting with Bristol City

Chris Wilder doesn’t do spin, doesn’t do double-speak or, as his latest pre-match briefing demonstrated, sporting analogies.

Sheffield United return to action against Bristol City tomorrow night

Sheffield United: ‘Do not underestimate what these boys are doing’ Chris Wilder urges as his team prepares for Bristol City showdown

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has leapt to the defence of his players, describing their achievements this season as “outstanding”.

Chris Wilder has told his players to put what happened at Millwall behind them ahead of tomorrow's clash with Bristol City: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: ‘Let’s put all of this behind us’

When he began addressing the media at Sheffield United’s training ground yesterday, Chris Wilder’s mood spoke volumes.

Chris Wilder says there are similarities between Sheffield United and tomorrow's opponents Bristol City: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Mutual respect between The Blades and Bristol City ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Bramall Lane

Chris Wilder has drawn comparisons between Sheffield United and Bristol City ahead of their meeting at Bramall Lane tomorrow night.

Paul Coutts is back at the Steelphalt Academy: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Paul Coutts returns to the training ground

Paul Coutts has returned to Sheffield United as he begins his recovery from a season-ending injury.

Nathan Thomas has been backed to succeed by manager Chris Wilder: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Some players at Bramall Lane do receive special treatment, manager Chris Wilder confirms

Jose Mourinho once revealed he had no interest in players beyond his starting eleven, arguing that investing time and energy on those unavailable for selection was an utter waste of time.

Ched Evans could return to action shortly: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Striker set to bolster The Blades attacking options

Ched Evans could be declared available for selection over the Christmas period, Sheffield United believe, after making good progress in his recovery from injury.

Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill (right) have a decision to make

Sheffield United: Chase for midfield target Ryan Leonard is fast approaching a crossroads

Sheffield United must decide whether to continue their pursuit of Ryan Leonard or focus on alternative targets instead as Chris Wilder attempts to bolster his midfield options.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants a response when Bristol City visit Bramall Lane on Friday night

Sheffield United: Chris Wilder vows ‘I’ll never stop speaking my mind’ ahead of Bristol City clash

Chris Wilder believes it is vital players are not shielded from the truth after defending his decision to suggest some members of Sheffield United’s squad have become complacent following the club’s impressive start to life back in the Championship.

Billy Sharp will be hoping for a recall to the starting eleven: Robin Parker/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Blades make approach for Southend midfielder

Sheffield United have had a bid rejected for Southend’s Ryan Leonard, according to reports in Essex.

David Brooks scores Sheffield United's goal at The Den on Saturday: Robin Parker/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Why Blades star David Brooks says Chris Wilder was right to blow his top

David Brooks has admitted Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was right to read his team the riot act ahead of Friday night’s pivotal game against Bristol City.

Jamal Blackman is looking forward to visiting Millwall: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Lionhearted Sheffield United will not be intimidated by the Millwall roar

Jamal Blackman says Sheffield United are not fazed by the prospect of visiting Millwall this afternoon.

George Baldock could return to action against Millwall this afternoon: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: George Baldock set for fitness test as Blades boss bemoans the loss of his two specialists

Sheffield United will give George Baldock every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of today’s game against Millwall after Chris Wilder, the visitors’ manager, acknowledged the loss of two specialist wing-backs has upset the balance of their team.

Chris Wilder (left) is a huge supporter of John Lundstram: Lynne Cameron/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Manager Chris Wilder says John Lundstram will prove worth is weight in gold ahead of today’s visit to Millwall

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has warned it would be both unfair and inaccurate to attribute his team’s recent results to John Lundstram’s presence in midfield.

James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: This is the golden rule Chris Wilder and his staff must not break during next month’s transfer window

James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: This is the golden rule Chris Wilder and his staff must not break during next month’s transfer window

Many years ago, a manager who might or might not have been George Graham, revealed one of his golden rules about buying players to a national newspaper.

Leon Clarke (centre) could be set to follow Chris Basham (left) and Billy Sharp (right) by signing a new contract: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Is in-form Leon Clarke set for a new deal?

Sheffield United are investigating the possibility of handing Leon Clarke a new contract, manager Chris Wilder has admitted, after the centre-forward’s explosive start to the Championship season.

Jake Wright says good defenders are good talkers too: Lynne Cameron/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Jake Wright on defending, directing team mates and why it is always good to talk

Jake Wright leans forward and gives me a look which confirms, no, he is not the least bit surprised to be playing regularly at Championship level.

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