SHEFFIELD UNITED: We’re right behind you!

Danger man: United striker Nick Blackman is in top form.'                                                                   Picture: martyn     harrison
Danger man: United striker Nick Blackman is in top form.' Picture: martyn harrison

TABLE-topping Tranmere Rovers would be happy to finish a point behind Sheffield United come the end of the League One season - because it would mean they are both going up.

That is the view of Rovers manager and former Rotherham United chief Ronnie Moore ahead of their mouth-watering trip to Bramall Lane.

After 21 matches, United trail the Merseyside club and South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers by one point going into the festive period.

Moore is convinced the Blades are destined to be competing in the Championship next season.

“United have got quality everywhere,” he told The Star. “If we finish a point behind them, we will go up.

“They are a big club and have got fantastic support. Danny [Wilson] knows the game inside out. He has done a fantastic job.

“They were desperately unfortunate not to get promotion last year after getting 90 points, which nine times out of 10 would have been enough.

“They have got fantastic players. Nick Blackman was out of our reach and has done really well for them. We could not afford him. We would have loved to have had Nick here. I know Dave Kitson is injured but they have got others such as Harry Maguire at the back, Shaun Miller who has just started scoring goals and Chris Porter who I signed at Oldham.”

He added: “We expect to be on the back foot at times. I watched United play Stevenage and they destroyed them. But we will certainly not be going there to defend. We will have a go.”

United, meanwhile, are still waiting to find out who they will face in the third round of the FA Cup after Oxford United’s replay with Accrington Stanley was postponed last night due to a frozen pitch.