The Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has responded to claims made by his Wednesday counterpart Tony Pulis this week.

Pulis spoke highly of Wilder’s Bramall Lane achievements at his Owls unveiling on Monday.

But the veteran boss went on to claim that if Wednesday can return to the Premier League they would instantly surpass United as the city’s biggest club.

Asked to comment on that particular statement, however, Wilder chose not to bite.

“It is great to have Tony back in football, he is a proper football man,” the lifelong Blades fan told the Yorkshire Post.

4th March 2019, Hillsborough, Sheffield, England; EFL Championship football, Sheffield Wednesday versus Sheffield United; Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder arrives for the game (photo by Conor Molloy/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“All I am bothered is Sheffield United, as you can imagine, in trying to get a result in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

“I have an enormous amount of respect for Tony and what he has done and the career he has had and he is a good man.”

Meanwhile, Wednesday have appointed a former Sheffield United player, Mike Trusson, as Pulis’s assistant.

Trusson was part of the United side demoted to the old Fourth Division in 1981, but played an integral role in the Blades’ promotion the following year.

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PRESTON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Birmingham City first team coach Craig Gardner shouts instructions to his team from the technical area during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Birmingham City at Deepdale on July 18, 2020 in Preston, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He is the second coaching appointment made by Pulis, following the former Birmingham City coach Craig Gardner to Hillsborough.

Trusson has worked with Pulis for much of the past 30-plus years, though mostly as a scout.

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