Wilder praises Villa boss ahead of weekend clash

Chris Wilder only had good words to say of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith earlier today.

The Blades welcome Aston Villa to Bramall Lane this Saturday at 3pm.

He said: “The run that Dean had when he took charge of Villa was brilliant.

“I know Dean well. I know the work he did at Brentford and going into Villa. Everybody talks about these managers that are boyhood fans, but I can tell you that he would have been under great pressure and the pressure he put under himself.”

United’s manager is well aware of last season’s encounters back in the Championship, including the thrilling 3-3 at Villa Park back in February.

He said: “The fighting spirit Villa had in that period to come back from 3-0 down.

“It shows you what Villa have in their squad and it can’t be underestimated.”