SHEFFIELD UNITED: Macca wants Wembley payback for United

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KEVIN McDonald has set his sights on firing Sheffield United to Wembley success, three years after condemning them to heartbreak in the capital.

McDonald, who hopes to start next weekend’s League One play-off final against Huddersfield Town, was a member of the Burnley squad which beat United in the 2009 Championship showpiece.

And he told The Star: “I suppose I owe us one don’t I?

“Joking aside, nobody here has ever mentioned that because it was all in the past.

“I was with Burnley at the time and so I was completely focused on trying to do my best for them.

“But I’m with Sheffield United now and so all I’m bothered about is Sheffield United.”

McDonald was an unused substitute when a Wade Elliott goal prevented his present employers from reaching the Premier League but did help Burnley triumph 3-2 at Bramall Lane earlier that season.

Having aggravated a niggling hamstring complaint during Monday’s second leg of United’s semi-final with Stevenage, the former Scotland under-21 international is undergoing treatment in a battle to be fit for what promises to be an eventful Yorkshire derby beneath the iconic arch.

McDonald, speaking before Chris Porter’s late strike put Gary Smith’s side to the sword, said: “The only thing that everyone here is focused on is trying to go up.

“We were disappointed not to get automatic promotion but we’re professionals and we’ve drawn a line under that. That’s the attitude we’ve got.”

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