Sheffield United: Clough makes United pledge

Chris Porter played a big part in United's come-from-behind win over Coventry City.
Chris Porter played a big part in United's come-from-behind win over Coventry City.
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Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has vowed to carry on mixing up their tactics in his quest to lead the Bramall Lane outfit back into the Championship.

United played various formations throughout the 2013/14 campaign, including 4-4-2, 4-5-1 and 4-1-4-1.

Clough’s charges switched to two up front in the second half of last weekend’s encounter against Coventry City, putting on Chris Porter after Stefan Scougall picked up a shin injury. Although Clough was forced into making a personnel alteration, the tactical change helped swing the contest United’s way as they fought back from a goal down to defeat the Sky Blues 2-1 thanks to strikes by Ryan Flynn and Ben Davies.

Clough, who guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in League One, is determined to create the perfect blend of attacking football and defensive solidity as he seeks to turn them into genuine promotion contenders.

And the United chief believes they are “very flexible” regarding their style of play and systems they adopt.

He said: “We are very flexible. We will change two or three times in a game if necessary. We will try and do whatever it takes to win a game and if that means changing the formation, then so be it.”

Clough says contract talks are progressing well with several members of his first-team squad.

Harry Maguire, meanwhile, scooped United’s Player of the Year prize at the club’s awards ceremony last weekend. The talented defender also claimed Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters’ Player of the Year and Star Player of the Year awards.