SHEFFIELD United youngsters Harry Maguire and Matthew Lowton will be inspired by the thought of appearing in their first Steel City derby, Chris Morgan insisted last night.
Morgan, who was appointed player-coach when manager Danny Wilson arrived at Bramall Lane earlier this year, admitted it is “impossible” to describe the intensity when United and arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday collide.
But he said: “This group of lads is ready. They’re definitely ready.
“Harry and Matty will be relishing all of this. They won’t be scared by it.
“This is what you want to do when you become a footballer - to be involved in the really big games.
“That’s why they’ve worked so hard to be at a club like Sheffield United.”
A series of commanding displays alongside Neill Collins at the heart of United’s back four saw Maguire, aged 18, named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for August.
His duel with September’s recipient - Wednesday striker Gary Madine - could have a crucial bearing upon the outcome of tomorrow’s contest.
Morgan, who admitted he is “gutted” to miss the match through injury, added: “It’s not just Harry versus Madine. It’s Harry and Neill versus Gary Madine and whoever plays up
there with him. There are good individual battles all over the pitch. That’s what makes these games so great.
“They never just come down to one thing and one thing alone.”
United are seventh in the League One table after losing their last two contests but beat Rotherham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 11 days ago.
Wednesday, regarded as one of the most combative teams in the division, are second.
But Morgan said: “You don’t have to be six foot three tall to be dominant in football.
“We’ve got bottle, honesty and endeavour and
you can squeeze all of that into a smaller package without a shadow of a doubt. Definitely you can.
“We know what’s coming and we know what’s expected of us. Gary Megson (Wednesday manager) always organises his teams well but we’re ready.”