Sheffield United: Blades boss issues challenge to his players


David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has challenged his squad to remain unbeaten throughout their preparations for the new League One season, writes James Shield.

United, who begin their latest push for promotion when Notts County visit Bramall Lane next month, travel to Bury this afternoon after returning home from a training camp in Scotland.

Despite acknowledging today’s match at Gigg Lane is primarily designed to “work on and improve aspects of our play,” Weir told The Star: “Winning is a good habit to have and it’s one we want to be in come our first match.

“But the most important thing at the moment remains ensuring we are in good shape, both physically and tactically, by the time that game comes around.”

United beat Greenock Morton and Raith Rovers during their spell north of the border with a draw against Cowdenbeath sandwiched in between.

“We produced some good stuff and it was a successful trip,” Weir continued. “What we want to do now is try and sharpen the service and passing to our forwards.

“That’s the next item on our list as it were but things are coming along well.”

“I was delighted with how things went in Scotland,” Weir added. “The whole thing was arranged before I came in and so I was just fulfiling the fixtures if you like.

“But everything has been exceptional. It was put together really well and should be invaluable not only in footballing terms but also helping us getg to know one another.

“The training was excellent and we’ve been delighted with the response from all of the players. And I also want to say a big thank-you to the staff at Mar Hall, where we were based, for making everything so comfortable.”

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