SHEFFIELD UNITED: Michael’s fast-track to promotion

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MICHAEL O’Halloran’s explosive pace can help swing the League One promotion race in Sheffield United’s favour, manager Danny Wilson has insisted.

The Scotland under-21 attacker has made two substitute appearances since arriving at Bramall Lane on loan from Bolton Wanderers last month. He has been used sparingly so far, but Wilson is backing his latest acquisition to wreak havoc among opposition defences between now and the end of the campaign.

“When you’ve got someone as quick as Michael it’s always a great asset to have,” he said. “He’s come on at important times and he’s made some great runs.

“Because he’s got so much pace, Michael can turn the opposition and put them on the back foot.”

Wilson added: “On a good pitch, Michael will be away from people.

“He’s obviously very quick off the ball but he’s equally as quick when he’s actually in possession.”

Wilson, who learned yesterday that Ched Evans, United’s leading goalscorer, has been nominated for the divisional Player of the Month award, hopes to have a near full squad at his disposal when Bournemouth visit South Yorkshire on Saturday.

United climbed to second in the table when they beat Hartlepool last weekend courtesy of the Wales international’s 31st goal of the campaign.

Wilson said of the winning goal: “Ched was calmness personified taking that penalty.”