New signing as Macca feels heat

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MICHAEL O’Halloran yesterday joined Sheffield United on loan as midfielder Kevin McDonald revealed how the culinary expertise of Blades coaching staff accelerated his recovery from injury.

McDonald’s fellow Scot, OHalloran, an under-21 international has arrived on emergency loan from Bolton Wanderers.

“Michael is a player we’ve had our eye on for quite a while,” Wilson said. “He can play on either flank or in a central striker’s role and among his numerous attributes is blistering pace.”

McDonald celebrated his return to action following a hamstring complaint by delivering a virtuoso display at Notts County in midweek.

A gruelling schedule of training and physiotherapy sessions ensured he only missed seven games after hobbling out of United’s meeting with Preston North End last month. But McDonald told The Star that the secret of his success against County can be traced back to Shirecliffe’s kitchens.

“The physio rubbed some sort of chilli cream on beforehand,” he said. “I’m not quite sure what it was but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were rubbing curry all over my leg!

“I was absolutely roasting during the warm-up, all the way through the match and afterwards as well. Even when I was sat down doing the interviews it was burning.”

United remained second in the League One table after dispatching County 5-2.

They return to action against Chesterfield next week with McDonald, who was substituted after 67 minutes as a precaution, expected to line up alongside O’Halloran.