Wilder aiming to emulate Wolves this season

Sheffield United

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says he is looking to follow in the footsteps of Sunday's opponents' Wolves this season.

Last term, in their first season back in the top flight for six years, Wolves enjoyed a remarkable campaign that culminated in a seventh-place finish.

That secured Wolves a spot in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League and Nuno’s men successfully came through those tests to advance into the group stages.

They are also shining again in the Premier League this term as they sit fifth after 13 games.

Sheffield United have also had a fine start to their Premier League return having been away for a 12-year period – in which they spent six years in League One.

Wilder has built a squad that have shown capabilities in the top flight, despite not spending a huge amount of money.

Sunday’s 3-3 draw against Manchester United denied them a chance to go fifth in the table, but many onlookers have praised Wilder for not abandoning his attacking principles in the Premier League.

Now, ahead of the clash on Sunday, the Sheffield-born manager says it would be brilliant to try and match the achievements of Wolves, but insists his players cannot get carried away.

“The club’s going through a good period at the moment, but we need to keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard towards the next game and the next result,” he said.

“It’s going to be as tough as they get against Wolves who are obviously a fantastic side. It’d be fantastic to follow in their footsteps of coming out of the Championship and doing well in the Premier League.”

The Blades are on course for their best season in the top division since the 1991-92 season when they finished ninth in the table.

1975 was the last time they managed to finish in the top six as the Blades will look to try and lay down a marker at Molineux on Sunday.