Sheffield United: Weir starts with a win

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David Weir was delighted to get his Sheffield United managerial career off to a winning start last night.

Second half sub Chris Porter fired the Blades to a pre-season victory against Scottish First Division side Greenock Morton.

And new boss Weir, who changed his entire side at half-time, was fulsome in his praise of his players.

He said: “It was a good start to my career here. We changed the 11 players at half-time and it was hard for them to match the intensity of the first half.

“I thought we were very good, especially first half. We worked hard, passed the ball about well.

“It was a bit slower getting going in the second half and we had a couple of trialists, which makes it a wee bit difficult. But the application was right. It was great to get off to a winning start. I’ve got no complaints at all.

On trialists Steven Saunders, a Scottish internationalist, and Danny Grainger, who both played trade north of border last season, he added: “I think you’ve got to look everywhere, and there are good players in Scotland.

“We’ve already got a few Scottish players, but I just want to get good players. I don’t care if they’re Scottish, English, Irish or Welsh; I just want good players who will make us better.”

In fact Weir stressed that he will only sign players this summer who are determined to enhance their reputions at the Lane.

United have recently been linked with a number of players, including free agent Danny Haynes, formerly of Barnsley, and Hayes and Yeading captain Sam Cox, who they have reportedly offered a trial to.

Weir added: “We want to get the right players in, hungry players who come in and buy into what we are doing and want to be a part of it. That’s crucial to hopefully being successful. “My first criteria is to have a look at what we have got here. I know we have got a lot of good players.”