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Howe backing Wilder and Sheffield Utd 3-5-2 system

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has taken a close look at Sheffield United's 3-5-2 system.

Howe has had his say on Sheffield United's 3-5-2 overlapping centre half system following another defeat.

The Blades went down 1-0 at West Brom on Saturday courtesy of Conor Gallagher's first half strike.

"In my opinion no, because the back three is what has got them to this position," Howe said on Optus Sport when asked if the system is to blame for the Blades' winless season so far.

“It has got them success. It gave teams a real tactical problem at the start of last season, people didn't know how to deal with their overlapping centre-backs and I still feel it was a massive strength in their armoury.

"The problem that he and his team have created for themselves is where they finished last year and how well they did. Suddenly the expectation is sky high, whereas the reality is another season in the Premier League is their objective.

"The pressure they would have felt this season would have been totally different to last season where everyone just gave them a free hit, so dealing with that is very important.

“I do believe the injuries, Henderson not being there, Enda Stevens not playing, Lys Mousset being injured, Jack O'Connell, Lundstram not being in the team, this was such a well-balanced team last year that has been totally changed. They're having to adjust to that."

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