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Proud Chris Wilder not looking too far ahead

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PREMIER LEAGUE

CHRIS WILDER insists he has not thought about the possibility of Sheffield United’s Champions League aspirations being enhanced by Manchester City’s ban from European football.

Pep Guardiola’s team were given a two-season ban for breaching financial fair play rules, though the Premier League champions are contesting the ruling, meaning fifth place could be enough for the newly-promoted Blades.

But Wilder, whose side face Brighton tomorrow, said: ‘I’ve certainly not talked about it.

‘Nothing changes. We are proud of our position at the moment, we’ve worked extremely hard to get into that position.

‘We’ve done a lot of things right and we’re going to have to do a lot of things right between now and the end of the season.

‘We need to have a bounce of the ball and stay clear of big injuries but I have a good group of focused boys that have got a huge amount of belief in themselves.

‘I’ve been in the game long enough to know the pitfalls of patting yourself on the back.

‘We are always looking to overachieve, that is something I have always tried to do as a manager and there will be no foot off the gas.

‘There’s some huge clubs in the mix but we’ve done fantastically well, there’s no getting away from it. We’ve been realistic all along.

‘We were favourites to go down — being a promoted team, given what we spend to what we pay — but we’ve gone for it and we are in this position.’