Sheffield United: Harry looks forward to FA Cup battle

Harry Maguire is looking forward to Sunday's FA Cup tie � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Harry Maguire is looking forward to Sunday's FA Cup tie � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Harry Maguire has insisted Sheffield United will not be scared of Fulham’s top-flight status when Rene Meulensteen’s team arrive at Bramall Lane.

Instead, echoing Nigel Clough’s sentiments about the importance of entering Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round tie with a positive approach, the centre-half revealed United plan to go “all out” in a bid to claim another coveted scalp in this season’s competition following their victory over Aston Villa 16 days ago.

“We’re up against Premier League opposition and everyone will want to play,” Maguire said. “It’s a reward for what we did earlier on and we want to try and give it a real go.

“Yes, Fulham will be the favourites but it’s a game of football over 90 minutes. Anyone can win and you just don’t know what is going to happen.

“We want to show them that we can put up a good fight and, if we get a little bit of luck, then who knows?”

Maguire was left cursing United’s misfortune during last weekend’s League One draw with Bradford City which saw Phil Parkinson’s side claw themselves back from 2-0 down to claim a point.

That result meant Clough’s men remained 19th in the League One table and Maguire, who scored their second goal just before half-time, added: “The performances have been there, especially at home, which is important because four of our next five matches are at Bramall Lane. We’ve been on the front foot, taking the game to the opposition and creating numerous chances.

“The ability is there, it’s always been there, we’re just not getting rub of the green. We don’t feel we deserve to be where we are (in the table) but of course we must do because the table doesn’t lie.

“However, we feel we’ve got the ability to get moving upwards and then start next season in a much more positive manner. We’re playing well, we just need a bit of a break but, carry on the same way and that will come.”