Sheffield United: Macca warns rivals

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KEVIN McDonald has rubbished claims that Sheffield United lack the stomach for promotion fight, insisting Danny Wilson’s side will prove too hot for the rest of League One to handle when they rediscover their nasty edge.

And McDonald, arguably the division’s most creative midfielder, reinforced his message by warning opponents not to view the Championship hopefuls as a soft touch.

Despite acknowledging United’s form has dipped in recent weeks, McDonald said: “If we can win the battle in matches first then, in terms of football, I think we’re better than most.

“We should be top of this league, there’s no doubt about it when you look at the players and the staff we’ve got here.

“We’ve got lads who will always create chances, lads who can come up with something out of nothing.

“So what we’ve got to do is soak up the pressure more. If we do that then everything should click and fall into place.”

McDonald, speaking ahead of today’s scheduled meeting with Notts County, hopes to back up his words with action if United resume their bid for a top two finish at Meadow Lane.

Referee Carl Berry has been asked to inspect the pitch at 9.30am this morning following adverse weather conditions in the Midlands region.

Wilson’s team were fourth in the table entering this latest round of fixtures but without a win in the competition for three games.

“I don’t know if there’s a reason for it,” McDonald added. “There’s always pressure but if we have to block that out.

“If we can do that then we can beat everyone in this league. We’re definitely capable of that.

“What we don’t want is anyone thinking there’s something to do with us that they can exploit.

“We want to go back to the way we were.”

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