Lee Dixon explains why Chris Wilder should win Manager of the Year award over Jurgen Klopp

Chris Wilder has been Sheffield United manager since 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)
Chris Wilder has been Sheffield United manager since 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon believes Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder should win the Manager of the Year award.

The 52-year-old has worked wonders with a low-budget squad at Bramall Lane, unexpectedly pushing the Blades into contention for the top four.

With 12 Premier League games left this season, Sheffield United sit just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and Gunners legend Dixon said Wilder’s achievements are possibly more impressive than Jurgen Klopp’s at Liverpool.

He told Premier League Productions: ‘Arguably you can say that’s a better job than what Jurgen Klopp’s doing.

‘You could have that argument because it’s not just the results they’ve had, it’s the way they’ve gone about the season.

Klopp's Liverpool have won 24 out of 25 league games this season (Picture: Getty Images)
Klopp’s Liverpool have won 24 out of 25 league games this season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It’s the energy levels, the crowd demand that from them, that place seems to just breed hard-working footballers.

‘And the way that he plays, that’s a given, you’ve got to give that. It’s not something he turns around and gives you praise for because that’s your job, work hard.

‘But the way they’re playing, the tactics, everything he’s done on the pitch, he’s surprised a lot of opposition with the way he’s gone about the game.

‘Arguably he should be up there at the top of that list.’

The main contender for the award, German boss Klopp, is just six wins away from securing Liverpool’s first Premier League title since 1990.

The Reds are enjoying a record-breaking season, with their latest FA Cup win against Shrewsbury Town making them unbeaten in 40 games at Anfield in all competitions.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp signed a new two-year extension on his contract at Anfield in December, keeping him at the club until 2024.

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