BILLY SHARP warned Chelsea that Sheffield United are coming for their Champions League place.
Goals from Sharp and John Lundstram downed Bournemouth and sent the Blades up to fifth — two points behind Frank Lampard’s fourth-placed Blues.
And club skipper Sharp, 34, said: “We’re just looking above us and trying to catch them.”
Chris Wilder’s men now have a 13-day winter break before 12 more games that will define their season.
And the Bramall Lane boss knows his players are on the same wavelength as him in their quest for Europe.
Wilder said: “We want more. I’m not a comfortable manager, we’re not a comfortable team.
“We’ve enjoyed our first year back in the Premier League.
‘PLAYERS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR’
“There are big games coming up and we want more days like this.
“It has to be that way. The players know that, they are saying the same things.
“I don’t think they are saying it for me to hear, they want more out of their season and I’m right behind that.”
But they were made to pay for not extending their lead when local lad Sharp popped up just before the break.
Blades keeper Dean Henderson then pulled off a stunning save to deny Ryan Fraser before Lundstram combined with fellow sub Lys Mousset to fire the winner in the 84th minute.
After a stunning start to the season, midfielder Lundstram has had to put up with coming off the bench since the January arrival of £22million club-record buy Sander Berge.
Wilder added: “John has played a huge part.
“I’ve got some others really knocking on the door and desperate to get involved, but it’s the difficult job that I have.
“Every manager wants a really good positive attitude from those not playing — and John and Lys have shown that.”
Defeat damaged the Cherries’ survival hopes.
Boss Eddie Howe said: “The signs were very good early on and you wouldn’t have believed we were at the wrong end of the table.
“But it’s now very hard to go into the winter break with this feeling after winning the last two.
“We can’t waste any more games. It’s going to be too tight down at the bottom and we know the scrap we are in.”