DON’T USE ‘M’ WORD FOR BLADES
SAY the words ‘Sheffield United’ and, within a few seconds, somebody will talk about momentum.
Southend boss Phil Brown even told Football on 5 that momentum was the biggest factor behind the Blades’ rise to the Championship summit.
Sorry, but that’s too simplistic. There is a lot more to Chris Wilder’s side than belief, big crowds and a party atmosphere.
Recruitment has been shrewd, the temptation to buy big names resisted.
Tactically, the former Oxford boss is bold and inventive.
His 3-5-2 system gives every single player licence to attack, including the centre-halves.
Few sides in the division go for the jugular with such gusto, or put opponents under such sustained pressure.
Does confidence play a part? Of course. Nobody plays with freedom on the back of five straight defeats.
But to paint the Blades as a runaway boulder, aimlessly barrelling onwards, gives a false impression of the careful planning behind the scenes.
Momentum slows. It is now November and they have speeded up.