Chris Wilder admitted that he must take responsibility for Sheffield United’s bad start to the season, but insists there is plenty of time left.
The Blades had a successful first season back in the top flight last year, but this time they haven’t won any of their first nine games. Their bad luck continued with a 1-0 loss to West Ham that leaves them at the bottom of the table..
Wilder has earned accolades for his work at Bramall Lane, but so far he hasn’t been able to inspire his side in the same way this season.
However, he believes that his players should move on and not expect favors from elsewhere.
He told Sky Sports: “We have to move on. No one is going to help you. He is ruthless and fierce.
“No one is worried about us other than ourselves and our fans, so we have to move on.
“I take responsibility for everything, we are all suffering. We have to get up and go back.
“I am the leader and I am the one who watches. My attitude is very positive for this week. “
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System is not to blame
Looking specifically at what went wrong against West Ham, Wilder admitted that his squad lacks confidence and denied that his formation was to blame.
He told Match of the Day: “It was not the system, it was the confidence of the players and the decision-making at key moments that decided the outcome. It will be like this when you have won a point in nine games.
“We will go again, we have to. I am there to lead them and I certainly enjoy that challenge.
“Without being disrespectful to some of the places this football club has had to go, there is no use taking a step back and feeling sorry for yourself.
“It’s the Premier League, we’ve earned the right to be here and we have to do some things pretty quickly to stay in it and protect our status as a Premier League club. A long way to go.”
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