Wilder: Sheff Utd will battle their means up the desk
Chris Wilder has warned Sheffield United that they must start scrapping
their way out of the Premier League problems sooner rather than later when they should
Avoid the need for a miracle.
The blades will be firmly anchored at the foot of the table for Christmas and still waiting for a first victory. They only tied two of their first 14 games to keep 10 points behind safety.
However, Wilder is convinced that the fight that pulled the club from the first division to the top division just four seasons ago remains ahead of a tough Boxing Day duel with Everton.
When asked if they need a Christmas miracle, he said, "The odds are for a reason, but the odds are always there to be beaten. The season doesn't end after 15, 20 games, as long as there are games play, then we have a situation where we can collect points – and who knows what is happening about us?
"Of course, if we look at the score and the gap, the main thing we have to do is find our way back into the fight, but there are enough games for that.
"What we've shown here at this football club is that we always have a big fight, a fight to get into the Premier League, a fight to stay in the Premier League in our first season and now a big fight for that Reaching the goal. " equal.
"We can do it, but of course we have to do it sooner rather than later during this time and give ourselves a chance."
The Blades will greet Carlo Ancelotti's men on Bramall Lane after watching them recover from a slip to win their last three league games
Calvert-Lewin has scored 14 goals for the Toffees so far this season and two more for England. The man who loaned him to former club Northampton early in his career and sold him to Everton just months after his return home town has been thrilled with his progress ever since.
Wilder said: "It was a difficult time for us to hold onto Dominic but there were opportunities there and he took them not only at club level but also internationally and I'm glad he did. "
"He's a Sheffield boy and someone who thinks a lot about this football club and it's great to see his progress over the last two or three years."
Meanwhile, Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge has been on the sidelines for up to four months after a tendon injury.
The 22-year-old Norwegian international was injured in the Blades' 3-2 loss to Manchester United on December 17 and is now on a long break.
Wilder said: "Sander Berge had an operation on his tendon in his leg, so obviously if Sander is out between three and four months it will be a severe blow to us."