Carlton Palmer's August prediction about Sheffield United makes for interesting reading now

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager,  looks on during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City at Bramall Lane on July 25, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Did the former Sheffield Wednesday player see Sheffield United's excellent start coming?

15 Sep 2001:  Trond Andersen of Wimbledon is closed down by Carlton Palmer of Sheffield Wednesday during the Nationwide League Division One match between Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday...

A former Sheffield Wednesday player's August prediction about Sheffield United makes for interesting reading now.

United, who shocked Wednesday 4-2 at Hillsborough on Sunday, climbed to second in the Championship last night courtesy of a 2-0 home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Blades' surge up the table has occurred against many people's expectations, including most in the blue half of the city, having only just returned to the second tier after six seasons in League One.

But Carlton Palmer, who spent more than five years at Wednesday across two different spells, saw it coming all along.

Discussing United's opening day win against Brentford, Palmer told the Ref show: "I’ve said from the start of the season I fancy them for the play-offs, I do.

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager,  looks on during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Stoke City at Bramall Lane on July 25, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

"They’ve got momentum. Chris Wilder’s learnt his trade at the bottom, he knows how to win football matches. And let me tell you, I know people say the Championship is a tough league to get out of - it is because of the volume of the games.

"But if you’ve got a strong, resilient squad - if you look at (Burnley manager) Sean Dyche, he’s shown the blueprint of what’s needed. If you’ve got that, you’ve got a chance. They (United) will be play-offs or better, I think."

Few are likely to bet against United now, especially given Wilder's track record of promotions - two in as many seasons before this one, with Northampton Town and United.

The Blades can wrap up an impressive month when they travel to an out of sorts Nottingham Forest side on Saturday.

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