Sheffield United manager David Weir last night vowed not to become a hostage of principle after dismissing claims the South Yorkshire club’s pre-season planning has been wrecked by Kevin McDonald’s departure, writes James Shield.
Weir, who took charge at Bramall Lane earlier this summer, saw the midfielder complete a shock move to League One rivals Wolves 10 days ago.
McDonald appeared destined to excel in the ‘number 10’ role created when Weir’s overhauled United’s playing style.
But, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s Yorkshire derby at Bradford City, the former Scotland international said: “Systems don’t win games. Players win games.
“We won’t replace (McDonald) like with like because no one player is the same. It’s a matter of adjusting and adapting.
“Different games require different qualities and there’s not just one way to play. Even within the same framework.
“But the ‘number 10’ is something we like and suits the talents we have here. There’s more than one person still here capable of doing that job and, as before, demands change according to situation.”