WE CAN DO THIS: Sheffield United's fixture programme a reminder there are more of us than them in Premier League

WE CAN DO THIS: Sheffield United's fixture programme a reminder there are more of us than them in Premier League

COMPETING in the Premier League for the first time in 14 years is daunting, especially for a club that was in League One only three years ago. But this week’s fixture release is an encouraging reminder for Sheffield United there are more of us than them in the top flight. Having said that, the Blades need the unique talents of boss Chris Wilder now more than ever.

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Blades boss Wilder acknowledges how he plans to make difference as fixture release brings home last season's lost opportunity for Sheffield United

Blades boss Wilder acknowledges how he plans to make difference as fixture release brings home last season's lost opportunity for Sheffield United

CHRIS WILDER has reasserted his plan to make Sheffield United a top six Championship force to be reckoned as the 2018-19 fixtures were released and underlined how competitive the new challenge will be. As good as last season was, it also became a lost opportunity and the Blades boss, now armed with an improved budget to add quality in key areas, doesn’t want to feel that way again.

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Blades fans hope Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is in a hurry as Championship task at Bramall Lane is revealed

Blades fans hope Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is in a hurry as Championship task at Bramall Lane is revealed

BLADES fans are still pinching themselves but Championship football really is back at Bramall Lane. If Chris Wilder's all-conquering Sheffield United needed any reminder of the task ahead the EFL's fixture release brought it into sharp focus. Two Steel City derbies await, in September at Hillsborough and a January re-match at the Lane. There's also a Boxing Day blockbuster in S2 against Sunderland as Unitedites dare to dream.

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