To get the lowdown on Albion’s opponents this afternoon, Sheffield United I spoke to Danny Hall, who is the Blades writer at the Sheffield Star:

What have you made of United’s season so far?

Unbelievable! There’s really no other way to describe it than that.

I actually thought that they would do quite well in the Premier League but to be in with a shout of actually qualifying for Europe is just staggering.

They have attacked the division with no fear and not really been battered in any game as of yet.

In fact they played well enough to take points off sides like Liverpool and Manchester City, and have done so against Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United so far.

I know there is a lot of talk about them overachieving do you think they are?

That is a difficult question because, as I say, no-one really would have tagged them as Champions League contenders! But under Chris Wilder, anything is possible.

The Argus:

He is a relentless winner and will never settle for anything. If they do qualify for Europe, he’ll drive his players as far as they can go - and probably then some as well.

They are only four points off Chelsea in fourth is Europe a really possibility for them?

It’s as real a possibility as it is for any club around them, yeah.

I keep seeing pundits, like Gary Neville on Monday night, completely ignore United’s European ambitions, saying the fight for fifth is between Chelsea, Spurs, Man United etc.

That’ll suit United just fine.

Do you think it is too soon for them to play in Europa?

I don’t think you should ever turn your nose up at opportunities like this when they present themselves.

Yes, United have a relatively thin squad by Premier League standards but the riches Europe will bring will help address that.

And Wilder will certainly not be hoping his side fall short, so I don’t see why any fan should.

Score prediction?

I’ll have to go for a narrow home win - especially if United have two goals ruled out by VAR as they did at the AMEX!