Opposition fan’s view: From plodders to the top flight with Mr Wilder

Sheffield United's David McGoldrick - great performer this season Picture: PA

Sheffield United's David McGoldrick - great performer this season Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Norfolk-based Blades fan Nathan Taylor is in the chair ahead of Sunday’s big clash between two of the promoted sides at Carrow Road.

Sheffield United's Lys Mousset celebrates with manager Chris Wilder Picture: PA

Sheffield United's Lys Mousset celebrates with manager Chris Wilder Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Q: What have you made of your season so far?

A: It's been unbelievable. In truth, I expected us to be relatively comfortable at this stage, perhaps around 14th place, but to be in the top half as we approach the hectic Christmas schedule is superb and a credit to the players/management as we haven't strayed too far away from our ethos and style which has got us here in the first place.

Q: Chris Wilder - manager of the season so far?

A: I think he has to be doesn't he? There were many pundits who had written us off before a ball was kicked yet here we are defying all expectations and looking pretty comfortable at this level. He's kept almost all of the first XI from last season as his starting XI this season in the main and he's turned us into a team that has to be taken seriously.


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Q: Do you worry that Wilder might get a 'bigger' job in the future?

A: I don't worry per se as I think it's inevitable that he will get a bigger job eventually, so I'm just enjoying the here and now while we've got him! In four seasons he's taken us from League One plodders to the Premier League and it's been one hell of a journey. These are truly special times at Bramall Lane and I hope he stays for a few more years because I think there is potential for him to achieve even more with us.

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Q: Who's been your key player so far this season?

A: This is actually a very tough question because the team is more than the sum of its parts and everyone has made a huge contribution. I think people will naturally tend to look at the goal scorers in a team and in that respect Lys Mousset has been a revelation so far this season so he is certainly up there but for me it's been David McGoldrick. He hasn't scored as many as he or we would probably have liked but his all round game in the system we play has been absolutely sensational. Special mention also to John Lundstram, he's proven a lot of people wrong and has taken the league by storm.

Q: Is there anyone you've expected more from?

A: Nobody. They've all stepped up to the plate and given it absolutely everything and then some!

Q: Who is Norwich's biggest threat?

A: Teemu Pukki is a constant threat when he's getting service but we would be wise to keep a keen eye on Todd Cantwell - he's looked pretty tidy at the higher level and has proven himself as something of a goal threat as well.

Q: What's your prediction for the game?

A: I think it's fair to say games against our fellow promoted clubs are six-pointers so I think we will see both sides going all out for the win so there will be plenty of entertainment in store but I'm hoping we can continue our long unbeaten away record so it's a 1-2 away win for me!

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