Sheffield United: Marc McNulty’s anguish as he faces a day in the stands to watch Blades v Bradford derby

Marc McNulty of Sheffield Utd

Marc McNulty of Sheffield Utd

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Marc McNulty admits he will be “kicking every ball” in the stands during this afternoon’s derby between Bradford City and Sheffield United.

The Scottish striker is on loan at Bradford from the Blades, and scored his first goal in Bantams colours in the midweek draw at home to Southend.

Bradford boss Stuart McCall tentatively - and optimistically - requested permission to play McNulty, which was politely declined by his opposite number, Chris Wilder.

And the striker said: “I’m feeling good in myself after scoring on Tuesday and dying for the next game to come along and grab another goal.

“But unfortunately I’m going to be sitting in the stand kicking every ball.

“Obviously I’ve got a lot of respect for Sheffield and for what they’ve done for me. They gave me my first chance in England.

“It’s going to be strange. It’s the first time I’ve been in that situation. Last season I was on loan at Portsmouth, so I was never up against Sheffield.

“It’s disappointing because you want to play every game but I understand why I can’t.”

McNulty made the short trip across Yorkshire to join Bradford on a season-long loan deal, although he could be recalled in January.

“United have been doing brilliant,” he added.

“The manager has brought in a couple of lads who have been playing really well and they aren’t conceding so many goals. They are starting to score – but that was always going to be the case.

“The new manager changed a lot of the boys early on. Fair play to them, they’ve got a good group and I’m sure they will do well.

“It’s going to be difficult but I’m confident in the boys. I’m sure Sheffield will be saying the same thing about Bradford.

“I’m sure Saturday will be a good footballing game because Sheffield like to play as well. But I’ll just have to sit there and take it in.”

McNulty, aged 24, has made only 12 league starts for United since joining from Livingston in 2014, but scored 13 goals in 2014/15 as United reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and League One play-offs.

“Marc wanted to go and play, to have an opportunity to play regular first-team football,” Wilder said.

“We couldn’t guarantee that for him here. But he’s a good lad and good to work with in the period that I have worked with him. We will see what happens in January.