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Wilder discusses effective system

16 April 2020

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Chris Wilder says despite all the talk and analysis of United's much-admired way of playing, the only thing that concerns him and his staff is that it remains 'effective'

Speaking with Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness on The Football Show on Sky Sports News earlier this week, the Blades boss feels the players that have implemented the formation over the last four seasons deserve much of the credit.

He remarked: "We just try to be effective, there are two or three completely different ways to play. You go can go long, through or round but you have to find a way. We just try and win games every week, we're hard to beat and have a structure.

"We need more possession to be able to dictate games at this level and hopefully that leads to more goalscoring opportunities.

"But we played this formation in League One, through the Championship and into the top-flight, we've never wanted to take a wrecking ball to it.

"The Championship was an incredible division to be involved in, with so many powerhouse clubs, but we've always bridged the gap and tweaked things as we've progressed."

Wilder added: "We've done so physically, tactically and technically and from having a certain attitude and mentality. We look for small wins to make us better, the players have always attacked the next division and season, they deserve an awful lot of credit.

"We needed an extra body in midfield this season, we've got some stability in the middle of the park and that's helped us get some really positive results, particularly on the road."

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