Blades rivals equipped to handle pressure

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SHEFFIELD United have been warned that Charlton Athletic will not buckle under the pressure of a League One promotion challenge ahead of Saturday’s top of the table clash at The Valley.

Danny Hollands, the Athletic midfielder, made his prediction as the two teams prepare for a match which could exert huge influence over the remainder of their respective seasons. Hollands was a member of the Bournemouth side which appeared destined to clinch second-place in the division last season before experiencing a dramatic downturn in form and eventually losing in the play-offs.

“At Bournemouth we didn’t know how many players would go in the January transfer window,” he said. “A team like Charlton don’t need to sell and are a much bigger club and if anything they are going to bring in players.”

Hollands words will have particular resonance at Bramall Lane where Danny Wilson, the United manager, faces an anxious wait to discover whether any of his most influential names will be lured away before the transfer deadline. Nick Montgomery is among those attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs, although United officials are understood to have resolved to restructure the squad’s wage bill over the next 12 to 18 months rather than next two weeks.

“Charlton is a totally different scenario,” Hollands added. “There are lots of options open to the manager and he can easily rotate things.”