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Sheffield United: Why Chris Wilder has no need to beat himself up and boardroom issues must not be allowed to overshadow football at Bramall Lane

Chris Wilder sounded flatter than a Test wicket in Sharjah following last weekend’s game at St Andrews.

Jamal Blackman can learn from his experience at Brentford: Robin Parker/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Can Jamal Blackman get even better? Chris Wilder thinks so and explains why

Jamal Blackman will become an even better player if he learns the lesson of his red card against Brentford, Chris Wilder has insisted, after admitting it was difficult to decide if the goalkeeper warranted an immediate recall following a three match ban.

Chris Wilder is planning changes for the visit of Preston North End this weekend: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Are The Blades set for some shock therapy?

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, could unveil a new look starting eleven when Preston North End visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

Paul Coutts is making good progress: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Manager Chris Wilder provides an update on injured midfielder Paul Coutts

Paul Coutts is continuing to make good progress in his battle to overcome a serious leg injury.

Mark Duffy was spoken to after the defeat by Birmingham City: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: ‘Focus on your job, not the theatrics’ players are told

Sheffield United’s senior players are being encouraged to comment on the performance of their team mates ahead of Saturday’s game with Preston North End, manager Chris Wilder has admitted.

Leon Clarke was on target against Millwall last weekend: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: ‘We should be a top six club’ says in-form striker ahead of crunch Championship clash with Birmingham City

Leon Clarke admits Sheffield United will only have themselves to blame if they fail to qualify for the Championship play-offs.

Under pressure. Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk.

Sheffield United: Why Birmingham City’s plight should remind everyone at Bramall Lane about the importance of developing a coherent strategy

Sheffield United know exactly what can happen when people tasked with leading a football club are singing from a hundred different hymn sheets instead of simply one.

Lee Evans says Sheffield United do not know the meaning of the word 'defeat': Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: ‘These boys will continue top six fight right until the bitter end’

Lee Evans says Sheffield United will continue their fight for a play-off place until the “very last kick of the season” after claiming his team mates do not know the meaning of the word ‘defeat.’

Chris Wilder says Ricky Holmes, Ryan Leonard and Lee Evans will all prove excellent additions to his squad: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: How Chris Wilder’s three most recent signings reveal where he thinks his team must improve

Only Lee Evans has become a fixture in Sheffield United’s starting eleven but Chris Wilder is convinced all three of his permanent signings during the January transfer window will prove excellent additions.

Leon Clarke (left) is congratulated on yet another goal: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Leon Clarke’s best is yet to come, manager Chris Wilder insists, after striker is honoured by his fellow professionals

Leon Clarke has been told he can become an even better player next season after being named in the Championship team of the year by the Professional Footballers’ Association.

James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: The great myth about The Blades’ transfer business

James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: The great myth about The Blades’ transfer business

There are plenty of myths circulating around football: Mark Robins saved Sir Alex Ferguson’s job, Mwepu Ilunga didn’t hear the whistle and Diamond Lights was actually a pretty groovy track.

Ryan Leonard believes Sheffield United can win promotion this season: Harry Marshall/Sportimage

Sheffield United: This is why Ryan Leonard could have a key role to play as Chris Wilder’s side chase Premier League football

Ryan Leonard is a player in a hurry.

Sheffield United are chasing back to back promotions.

Sheffield United: ‘Doing this can help us reach the Championship play-offs’ defender insists ahead of crucial showdown with Millwall

Chris Basham believes Sheffield United’s experiences last season, when they collected 100 points en route to the League One title, could prove crucial as the battle for the Championship play-offs reaches its climax.

Lee Evans scored twice during Sheffield United's win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Chris Wilder says he is “privileged” to manage The Blades as he prepares for landmark moment against Millwall

The magnitude of the game, not the landmark moment, explains why Chris Wilder is so excited about tomorrow’s visit of Millwall.

Chris Basham celebrates with the fans: David Klein/Sportimage

Sheffield United: ‘The moment I knew something special is happening to this great club’

It was six days ago at Oakwell, not Tuesday’s victory over Middlesbrough or even last season’s League One title winning campaign, when Chris Basham realised just how much Sheffield United has changed.

Chris Wilder (centre) has overseen a dramatic improvement in Sheffield United's fortunes: Harry Marshall/Sportimage

Sheffield United: As Chris Wilder approaches his 100th game in charge of The Blades, The Star analyses five key areas where he has helped improve the club’s performance

Sheffield United enter tomorrow’s game against Millwall ninth in the Championship table and only three points behind Neil Harris’ side who occupy the fourth and final play-off berth.

Chris Wilder (right) hopes to be celebrating again after his 100th game in charge of Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United: Chris Wilder lays down the ground rules and makes a surprising revelation ahead of his 100th game in charge of the promotion hopefuls

A cacophonous crowd watching a crucial match between two Championship upstarts.

Chris Wilder is pumped-up for Saturday's game against Millwall

Sheffield United: ‘We’ll be going for the jugular, just like them’ manager Chris Wilder vows ahead of Saturday’s huge Championship showdown with Millwall

Chris Wilder believes neither Sheffield United nor Millwall will be prepared to take a backwards step during their crucial Championship showdown at Bramall Lane tomorrow.

James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: Chris Wilder has helped his hometown how can his hometown club help him?

James Shield’s Sheffield United Column: Chris Wilder has helped his hometown how can his hometown club help him?

It is the question every supporter would love to be able to answer and, given Sheffield United’s progress over the course of the past 99 games, the overwhelming majority of their staff and directors too.

Sheffield United's John Lundstram still believes reaching the play-offs is possible

Sheffield United: Midfielder thinks he can identify why Chris Wilder’s side have out-performed so many big-spending teams as they prepare for huge showdown with Middlesbrough

If one fixture reveals the challenge Sheffield United faced this season, how they have bucked the trend and beaten football’s financial odds, it is tomorrow’s meeting with Middlesbrough.

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