Harry Maguire revealed details of the passionate speech manager David Weir delivered to Sheffield United’s players after their defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Maguire admitted the League One table “makes you heart sink” after second-half goals from Leigh Griffiths and Bakary Sako condemned the visitors to a fourth consecutive defeat and left them in bottom place.
United dominated for long periods of Saturday’s match at Molineux with even Kevin McDonald, their former midfielder, confessing afterwards that Wolves had been fortunate to take maximum points.
“The gaffer came in and told us that the only way out of this situation is to stay within the group,” Maguire said. “And he’s right because we’ve all got to stick together.
“If you want to be in that group then great. If not then fine because we don’t want to be carrying any passengers.
“But I’m pleased to say that we are all still together.”
“We just want to put a performance on,” the United defender added. “Go out there, show what we can do and we’ve got the players here who can handle that pressure.
“It just feels like we are the ones who never get any luck at the moment whereas the people we come up against keep on getting those breaks.”
Maguire was referring to Griffiths’ fortuitious strike which ricocheted off his body and into the back of the net after United had seemed destined to secure what would have been a deserved victory over Kenny Jackett’s side.
Instead, with Sako pouncing at the death, they enter Friday’s game against Crawley Town searching for their first win since the opening round of competition.
“We’ve been the better side in most of our games,” Maguire said. “There was only Brentford and half and hour at Rotherham, which we hold our hands up to, when we weren’t.
“We seem to have developed that habit of losing and we’ve got to get out of it. But I genuinely feel that we’re not getting what we deserve.
“We’ve been really unlucky but surely that’s got to change soon? We’ve shown we’ve got the players to hurt teams so all we can do is keep asking ourselves questions, keep working hard and trying to improve even more.”