Chris Wilder responds to doubts over Sheffield United’s character

Chris Wilder Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United at Loftus Road on October 31, 2017 in London,...

Sheffield United are struggling for form at present.

Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Sheffield United at Carrow Road on January 20, 2018 in Norwich, England.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says the character of his side can’t be questioned despite the club suffering a poor run of form and slipping further away from the top six, the Sheffield Star report.

The Blades started the Championship campaign in excellent fashion and after a run of 12 wins in their opening 17 league matches many felt they could push for a surprise automatic promotion spot.

Unfortunately for Wilder’s men, since beating Burton Albion 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium in November, the Yorkshire club have managed just two wins in their last 13 games – dropping down to eighth in the table.

Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder celebrates victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Sheffield United at Carrow Road on January 20, 2018 in Norwich,...

United find themselves five points adrift of the playoffs following back-to-back defeats, yet Wilder remains confident his side can get back on track as he brushed aside doubts over their character.

“If people want to write us off, which I’m sure they are doing, then that’s up to them,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.

“If they want to say that’s us done, they can do that if they want. It’s fine by me. But I know the spirit that’s in this group and I know they can go again. I know better than anyone the character of these boys.”

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the character of our group, in fact I know there isn’t because they prove it every single day.”

Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder looks on during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Ipswich Town and Sheffield United at Portman Road on January 6, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

Last season’s League One champions are looking to become the third team in the past decade to claim back-to-back promotions – following the success of Southampton and Norwich City.

Up next for the Blades is another Yorkshire derby against fellow playoff contenders Leeds, and the stakes will be high as both clubs know defeat could leave them as many as eight points adrift of the top six.

United won the reverse fixture at Elland Road by a 2-1 scoreline, with youngster David Brooks firing in a late winner.

General view inside the stadium during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield United and Preston North End at Bramall Lane on January 27, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

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