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Sheffield United: ‘One season wonders? Don’t talk nonsense.’

Sheffield United can get even better, says captain Billy Sharp: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Sheffield United can get even better, says captain Billy Sharp: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Billy Sharp has accused people who attribute Sheffield United’s strong performances last season to momentum of talking nonsense.

And, after helping Chris Wilder’s side challenge for the Championship play-offs, the club’s captain and centre-forward sees “no reason” why they can not make further progress next term.

Sharp, a member of the squad which cruised to the League One title 12 months ago, said: “I think it was momentum at the start but you can’t keep going with that alone. We went top (of the table) in November and you don’t do that just because you’ve got momentum behind you.

“Can we do better? I don’t see any reason why not. With a few tweaks here and there, I think we can definitely improve.”

Although United eventually finished 10th, they entered the penultimate match of the campaign targeting a top six finish after beating the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds and neighbours Sheffield Wednesday.

Speaking after Sunday’s match against Bristol City, his team’s final outing of the season, Sharp admitted United’s players are desperate for Wilder to remain at the helm amid reports boardroom issue could force the manager out of Bramall Lane. HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe, who both own 50 per cent stakes in the club’s parent company, are scheduled to meet next week to discuss their respective bids for sole-control.