SHEFFIELD United’s Harry Maguire has been tipped to bounce back from his mistake at Wycombe Wanderers last week by cementing his reputation as one of football’s most promising talents.
The teenager, who was recently named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for August, was responsible for the error which allowed Stuart Beavon to net the only goal of the game at Adams Park.
United manager Danny Wilson absolved Maguire of any responsibility for the defeat after watching his team spurn a hatful of chances against Gary Waddock’s side.
And, speaking ahead of today’s meeting with League One leaders Charlton Athletic, Maguire’s central defensive partner, Neill Collins, said: “I’m not worried about Harry at all.
“He showed the strength of character to compose himself during that game and so I’m sure he’ll do that again.
“You get bumps and bruises no matter what you do for a living.
“Nothing ever goes smoothly, it’s the same in any walk of life.
“And, in any case, he didn’t lose that game for us.
“We should have scored at least three or four down there so we lost it as a team.”
Collins added: “I don’t like putting pressure on young lads coming through but it’s fair to say that Harry’s got the ability to play right at the very top of the game.
“You’ll make mistakes all the way through your career, unfortunately.
“If they happen at the start then it’s because you’re too young, when they come at the end it’s because you’re too old and if they happen when you’re my age then it’s because you’re not good enough.
“That’s what people say and you just have to get used to it.”
Third-placed United could move to within a point of Charlton if they become only the second team to beat the Londoners this term.
Chris Powell, the visitors’ manager, could hand starts to Danny Green and Yann Kermorgant after they impressed during Tuesday’s draw with MK Dons.
“Both clubs are well sup ported, and the
way Sheffield United have started they will be looking to get a result against us,” he said. “But I’m sure the respect we will give them will be returned equally because Danny Wilson is a good manager and he knows the game.
“He will know that we will be a bit of a danger but we know that, on their own patch, they’re going to be dangerous as well. It should be a good game.”
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