SHEFFIELD UNITED: Whatever it takes, lads

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has warned Huddersfield Town his team will not put footballing principles before promotion when they meet in the League One play-off final this weekend.

United established a reputation as being the most attacking side in the division after winning 27 games and scoring 92 goals en route to third in the final table.

But, having moved to within one match of returning to the Championship at the first attempt following relegation last term, Wilson admitted the outcome, not aesthetics, is now the only thing which counts.

“We’ll go about our business in the manner that suits the players we have at our disposal best,” he said.

“If that means going a little bit more direct then so be it. Alternatively, if it means passing the football even more than that’s what we’ll do.

“What always stays the same, though, is that we go out there to try and win the game. Because that’s the only way we know how to play.

“That’s what we always try and do.”

Wilson, who took charge during the immediate aftermath of United’s slide into the third tier, added: “At this stage it’s all about the result.

“If it’s the one you want, I don’t think anyone remembers how you got it or how it came about.

“That’s what matters.”

With striker Richard Cresswell expected to recover from the eye infection which forced him to miss the second-leg of their semi-final against Stevenage, midfielder Kevin McDonald is United’s major injury doubt for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby with Town.

Wilson, speaking soon after the former Scotland under-21 international was forced to withdraw midway through last week’s clash at Bramall Lane, said: “Macca has got a while to get ready for the game. That, as far as we are concerned, can only be a good thing.”