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Chris Wilder hints at major Sheffield United change against Ipswich Town

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Chris Wilder has hinted that injuries could lead to him changing his Sheffield United system this weekend when they face Ipswich Town, reports the Sheffield Star.

The Blades have played with a 3-5-2 formation for the majority of Wilder’s time at the club, which has had great success.

Wilder led the Blades to promotion last year, before masterminding a magnificent start to life back in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

The 3-5-2 system has served Sheffield United well so far in the Championship, but Wilder admitted he could be forced to change things around this weekend due to injuries.

George Baldock is unavailable due to injury, whilst it remains unclear if Kieron Freeman will have recovered from his knock in time to face Ipswich on Saturday, leaving Wilder short of options in the right wing-back role.

Chris Basham could deputise, but Wilder hinted a change could be on the cards, he said: “If we need to change the shape, then we will.

“We’ll do what we think is right. But, as always, the main focus is always on us and how we want to play. That’s what it’s been like all the way through and it’s got us this far.”

The Blades face Ipswich at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon, where they are looking to return to winning ways after suffering a disappointing defeat against Nottingham Forest prior to the International break.

Wilder’s side still enter Saturday’s clash in an excellent position, sitting third in the Championship table, with only Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of them.

The Verdict

It is a surprise to hear Wilder is considering changing his system for this weekend, despite the Blades struggling with a number of key injuries.

3-5-2 has served Sheffield United so well during Wilder’s time at the club, and any change to that system will surely only be temporary.

This is news that will please Ipswich, who will be confident of picking up a positive result if Wilder is forced to shuffle his pack too much ahead of this weekend.

Sheffield United fans… Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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