Sheffield United: McNulty welcomes fight for forward role

Marc McNulty
Marc McNulty

Marc McNulty has backed Nigel Clough’s search for a new centre-forward despite conceding it could threaten his own bid to secure a place in Sheffield United’s starting eleven.

McNulty, signed from Livingston earlier this summer, made an immediate impact at Bramall Lane by scoring on his debut during last week’s victory over Dundee.

Clough, the United manager, insists McNulty possesses the ability to wreak havoc among League One defences but remains determined to bolster the attacking options at his disposal after the South Yorkshire club were installed as favourites to lift the title next term.

McNulty told The Star: “I’m not the type of person who makes grand statements and things like that.

“I prefer to let my football do the talking for me and I’m confident in my ability to get goals.

“But I can totally understand where the gaffer is coming from on this one and, do you know what, I actually agree with him. The more firepower we’ve got here the better and the more competition for places there is then the better it is for the team.”

“That’s the most important thing in all of this,” McNulty added. “The team, not individuals, even though we all want to play and be involved.”

Clough, who has cast doubt on Steve Bruce’s claims that Hull City are no longer interesting in signing United centre-half Harry Maguire, conceded ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Huddersfield Town that United have been “knocked back” after making approaches for “two” of their leading targets.

Contrary to reports, this newspaper understands that Rotherham’s Alex Revell and Connor Sammon of Derby County do not feature on his short-list of names.

McNulty, aged 21, scored 44 goals in 88 starts for the Scottish Championship and said: “It was great to get off the mark so early. It doesn’t matter what type of game it is, when you are a striker and you move, you want that to happen as soon as possible because, psychologically speaking, it’s really important and gives you the confidence to grab some more.”

Meanwhile, Clough has confirmed that scans on Diego DeGirolamo’s injured knee have proved “inconclusive.”

The Italy youth international complained of pain in the join following United’s visit to Burton Albion earlier this month and Clough said: “We’ll have to take a closer look because, as yet, we’re still not exactly sure what the problem might be. We won’t take any risks and we’ll get to the bottom of it though.”