SHEFFIELD UNITED: Kevin McDonald targets 90 points

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SHEFFIELD United are aiming to break the 90-point barrier in League One this season, midfielder Kevin McDonald has revealed.

Despite reaching the landmark total last term, Danny Wilson’s side failed to secure automatic promotion before losing the play-off final to Huddersfield Town.

McDonald, speaking ahead of tonight’s visit to Coventry City, said: “We’ll be looking to do the same again. Only this time even better.

“If that’s not enough again and there are two teams with even more than that then I really don’t know what’s going on.

“It might not take as much as that this time around. Who knows?

“But we are looking to get even more. It’ll be hard but that’s got to be our target.”

United opened the new campaign on Saturday with a narrow win over Shrewsbury Town.

In only one of the previous 10 seasons would their 2011/12 tally not have been enough to secure a top two finish in England’s third tier.

McDonald added: “We didn’t perform as well as we’d have liked against Shrewsbury but the most important thing was that we got three points. When we look back at the end, those three points could turn out to be massive.”

McDonald’s decision to commit his future to Bramall Lane despite attracting interest at Championship level was a highlight of the South Yorkshire club’s summer. The former Scotland under-21 international told The Star last month that “loyalty”, “enjoyment” and Wilson’s presence had convinced him to stay. He repeated that message when the subject was raised again yesterday.

“I really enjoy working for the manager because he encourages us to get the ball down and play,” McDonald said. “He wants us to play properly in the right manner and for Doyler (Michael Doyle) and myself to get on the ball.”