Play without fear

Sheffield United vs Doncaster Rovers ''Utd's Harry Maguire
Sheffield United vs Doncaster Rovers ''Utd's Harry Maguire
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The Danny Wilson era is almost here.

The Danny Wilson era is almost here.

The manager tasked with restoring Sheffield United’s fortunes has his first opportunity on Saturday to show his credentials at Oldham’s Boundary Park– the second highest Football League ground in the country.

Appointed amidst some controversy amongst supporters, Wilson during the summer break has shown his professionalism, experience and communicated well his intentions to get his team playing without fear.

A hard working and thorough examination of the playing squad during a pre-season camp in Malta, carefully selected friendlies against Doncaster and Blackpool where an evolving United squad showed elements of a fresh new style of play have built a sense of anticipation for the new campaign.

The progress has wetted the appetite of United fans with about 3,000 travelling for the opening fixture where the Blades will be hoping to take all three points and start to justify their tag of being amongst the favourites for promotion and/or a play-off place. In fact, this week national newspaper The Times, in its influential The Game supplement, predicted United would top the league closely followed by Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday as the paper assessed the chances of all 24 clubs in League One.

“This is overwhelming support,” said Danny. “It is one of the reasons why I am delighted to be manager of Sheffield United. It is a boost to the players and everyone associated with the club.

“The fans can expect real commitment from the players and we will be trying to play football where we can. As things stand I have a good idea of the shape and make-up of the team – but let’s see what happens in the meantime,” he added.

Although manager Wilson is clear in his approach to planning his starting line-up – acknowledging that the club is still looking to move on some high earning players – for most fans it is a guessing game as to who will make the starting eleven.

For the full story see this week’s Telegraph.