Sheffield United: Danny pays tribute to defender

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, paid tribute to England under-21 international Harry Maguire ahead of today’s clash with Shrewsbury Town, writes James Shield.

Barring injury or illness, Maguire will make his 36th appearance of the season for Wilson’s side having missed only one game this term.

And Wilson said: “The fact that Harry has played nearly every single match is an achievement in itself.

“To do that as a defender, to not be suspended more often, is another achievement in itself. Especially given the climate in football these days.

“In fact, it’s a miracle.”

United, preparing to make their first ever visit to Greenhous Meadow, are sixth in the League One table following last week’s defeat by Coventry City.

Town are 18th and hoping to avenge August’s loss at Bramall Lane. David McAllister, who scored the only goal of that contest, joined Graham Turner’s side for an undisclosed sum last month and is expected to face his former club this afternoon.

United’s meeting with Crawley was postponed on Tuesday because of a waterlogged pitch. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday 16 April meaning four of United’s final six games are at home.

Wilson, whose team face Bury next week, added: “It gave us a little bit more time to get a few people prepared. To work on those who are going to still be out and also those who could come back into contention here.”

Meanwhile, Carl Bradshaw will be guest of honour at ‘An Evening With’ next month. Tickets for the event, which takes place on Thursday 7 March, are priced £16 per person and include refreshments, a question and answer session and photo opportunity with the former United captain.

Contact 0871 995 1889 or john.garrett@sufc.co.uk for further information or to book a seat.

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