The key quotes from Chris Wilder's pre-Chelsea press conference 
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Fulham at Bramall Lane on October 18, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Chris Wilder addressed the media on Thursday ahead of Sheffield United's trip to Chelsea on Saturday evening. 

Wilder was his upbeat self as he discussed how The Blades  will go about trying to secure their first victory of the Premier League campaign.

Here are the most important responses from The Blades boss made to the media:

  • On injury updates

WIlder was able to provide a positive update on the injury crisis at Bramall Lane, as he revealed Lys Mousset and John Fleck have both stepped up their recoveries, after substantial spells on the sidelines. 

“We’re ok in terms of health. Just the usual bumps and bruises. Really good to see John Fleck and Lys Mousset back on the grass this week. It’s a boost for everybody to have those two nearing return.”

Although it is expected that both will still miss this weekend's fixture. Both Mousett and Fleck could be in contention for West Ham's visit to the laneafter the international break. 

  • On Facing Chelsea

The United boss insisted his players have full confidence in their ability to end their winless start to the season this weekend, and produce a shock at Stamford Bridge.

Wilder and Sheffield United are yet to be beaten by Chelsea, since their return to the Premier League. As The Blades stunned Chelsea by coming from 2-0 down  to take a point in the corresponding fixture last season.

''If we play with a little more thought and freedom in the final third, things will go our way...really, everything I'm looking at says we aren't that far off."

  • On the winless start to the season

Wilder epitomised the spirit and fight that he's installed at the Bramall Lane since he was appointed in 2016. Although the club are yet to win in the League this season, Wilder believes the club's attitude and commit will stand them in good stead over the course of the season.

''The last two games have been difficult in terms of results, but very, very encouraging in terms of performances.

“At the moment it’s not going the way that we all want it to. One thing you can always count on at our football club is we’re 100% committed in trying to get a result.”

  • On David McGoldrick's international retirement 

Earlier this week, David McGoldrick announced the end of his international career with the Republic of Ireland. McGoldrick, who turns 33 at the end of this month,  has become a hugely popular figure on and off the pitch since his switch from Ipswich in 2018. 

Wilder had this to say on McGoldrick's decision:

“He’s made that decision, an obvious benefit for us that he’s with us and can concentrate on his club career. He’s given so much to this football club and there’s so much more for him to do.”

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