Chris Wilder: “We want to finish the season off in style”

Chris Wilder wants his team to end the season on a high when they take on Stoke City this weekend.

Sheffield United travel to the Bet365 Stadium with the chance of being crowned league champions if Norwich fail to win and Wilder is keen to ensure his side get all three points.

“We want to finish the season off in style. We said to the players we don’t want there to be a missed opportunity, if Norwich slip up at Villa Park- that is a really tough game,” he said.

Wilder emphasised the importance not to underestimate Stoke in the Blades’ bid to be crowned champions.

“We’re going to have to play extremely well, but we have played to our maxim most times this season and if we do that we have got an opportunity to win the championship.

“That would be a fantastic reward and icing on the cake as much as it has been a remarkable season,” he said.

In team news, the Blades’ have no fresh injury worries despite the promotion celebrations over the weekend.

Captain Billy Sharp comes back into contention after being left on the bench against Ipswich due to injury.

However, Wilder said he was reluctant to drop Scott Hogan after the striker scored the opener on Saturday.

Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson is set to start in goal. An ever present for the Blades this season, Wilder is keen to secure his services for another term as the side prepare for life in the Premier League.

Wilder conceded that changes would have to be made over summer but said that he wanted to preserve the side’s identity with a continuation of sensible spending.

The manager praised his side’s consistent mental and physical strength throughout the season and said people had praised the manner in which the club had achieved promotion.

“A lot of people are delighted how we have done it, they feel as though there is a good will as to how we have done it in an age of check book football and PlayStation football, fantasy football, whatever they call it, we’ve done it in a different way.

“People I talk to in the game are sending fantastic messages and I think there is a genuine delight in how they did it and how they celebrated.”

Sheffield United play Stoke City at 12:30 on Sunday.