Sheffield United: Blades get tough in drop battle

United midfielder Stephen McGinn.
United midfielder Stephen McGinn.

Stephen McGinn has revealed Sheffield United have gone back to basics in an attempt to drag themselves clear of the League One relegation zone.

And, speaking ahead of their meeting with Bradford City, he warned Phil Parkinson’s side the South Yorkshire club are now more formidable opposition than the team which visited Valley Parade five months ago.

Crediting Nigel Clough, appointed as manager in October, with transforming United’s mind set, McGinn told The Star: “We’re going into games now thinking that we can win every single one of them. Ready to battle and fight.

“Whoever comes up against us now knows that, no matter what else, they’re going to have to work hard for it.

“That’s what I always associated Sheffield United with before I came here. A really tough team you knew would put you through the mill.

“We’re going back to that now and, personally, I think it’s the right thing to do.”

United, lying in 19th position in the standings following last weekend’s loss at Notts County, remain in discussions with Livingston over Scotland Under-21 international Stefan Scougall.