SHEFFIELD UNITED: Mac’s our man

In and out: Dave McAllister, main picture, is set to start tomorrow, but    Kevin McDonald, left, will be missing
In and out: Dave McAllister, main picture, is set to start tomorrow, but Kevin McDonald, left, will be missing
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DANNY Wilson has backed David McAllister to supercharge Sheffield United’s midfield and help soften the blow caused by Kevin McDonald’s absence.

McAllister appears in pole position to replace his team mate against Tranmere Rovers tomorrow after it was confirmed the former Scotland under-21 international strained an ankle ligament during last weekend’s victory over Carlisle.

Despite acknowledging that McDonald is an “instrumental” player, Wilson, the United manager, said: “David has been brilliant for us.

“He’s a big and important part of our squad and, whenever he has come in, he’s never let us down no matter what position he’s played.

“Yes, they’re different players but it doesn’t change the way we’ll go about anything. Only the personnel change.

“And the bonus with David is that he will get goals. He loves to get forward and he’s also a real threat from set-pieces and plays.”

Wilson has challenged United to increase their supply of goals from deep-lying positions on several occasions this term.

McAllister impressed during a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town last season and Wilson added: “Going there was great for David.

“He really matured as a player. We noticed as soon as he came back. It brought on all aspects of his game.”

Although Wilson refused to explicitly rule McDonald out of the meeting with the League One leaders, it seems improbable the 24-year-old will feature after failing to train since returning from Brunton Park.

Wilson, whose side are third in the table, said: “Kevin is getting better but he’s doubtful (to face Rovers).

“We’re hopeful he’ll have some involvement over Christmas. He’s done nothing but the swelling on his ankle is coming down.”

“I think we are better equipped to cope without Kevin now than we were in the past though,” added Wilson.

“We’ve got more options in there and also the younger lads coming through the ranks too.

“But he is an instrumental player and so hopefully he won’t be out too long.

“We’ll be doing what we can to get him back soon.”