Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder bullish about future following latest defeat

The Blades are without a win in 12 Premier League matches going back to last season.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder bullish about future following latest defeat

Chris Wilder defiantly fended off questions about his future as Sheffield United manager following another defeat on Sunday.

The Blades were a revelation last season on their return to the Premier League, finishing ninth in the table, but are finding life much tougher during their second campaign in the top flight.

Wilder’s side have only one point from their nine matches after a 1-0 home loss to West Ham and remain rooted to the bottom of the standings.

Sebastien Haller’s strike from the edge of the penalty area after 56 minutes inflicted a fourth straight loss and an eighth Premier League defeat this season.

The Blades are without a win in 12 Premier League matches going back to last season but when asked if he feared for his job, Wilder replied: “It’s great how you guys talk about peoples careers so flippantly, I love all that.

“I haven’t had the sack in 20 years – 911 games if you hadn’t noticed – I don’t fear it.

“We were in League One when I arrived and now we are in the Premier League. It’s a ruthless, relentless division and a cut-throat division which doesn’t give you hand outs. It’s not a time to go into our shells and I certainly won’t as manager of the football club.

“We have to embrace the challenge and everything that goes with the Premier League.”

Sebastien Haller scored West Ham's winner at Sheffield United
Sebastien Haller scored West Ham’s winner at Sheffield United (Cath Ivill/PA)

Moyes said: “I am not getting carried away, but there is a real self-belief at the moment, the football is getting better and better.

“I am not looking down, we are certainly looking up. We want to catch the teams higher up the league, that’s for sure.

Chris Wilder's Blades are bottom of the Premier League
Chris Wilder’s Blades are bottom of the Premier League (Mike Egerton/PA)

A rare Premier League goal for Haller gave the Hammers victory. The Ivory Coast striker has scored four goals in cup competitions this season but his effort on Sunday was only his second goal in the Premier League this campaign and fourth in 2020.

Moyes said: “The big thing about centre-forwards is you want them to score the goals than win you games, and he’s done that. I’ve noticed a big change in his confidence, he is upbeat, and there were parts of his game today that were very good.

“He’s been smiling and hugging everyone in the dressing room and he deserves it because it was a great goal.”

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