Wright time for Blades to halt slide

Game time over: Richard Wright plays on FIFA 2011 at the Football League roadshow.
Game time over: Richard Wright plays on FIFA 2011 at the Football League roadshow.
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THERE have been times when Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been accused of being a sore loser by his managerial colleagues.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Mark Hughes have both, at times, criticised the Frenchman for being ungracious in defeat.

But, if any footballer can sympathise with Wenger, it is Sheffield United goalkeeper Richard Wright. The former England international, signed by Wenger for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £6m, in 2001 from Ipswich Town, can’t stand losing.

His competitive edge extends to computer games such as FIFA 2011.

“I am quite competitive on video games,” he admitted. “My 12-year-old son Harry loves to play on games like FIFA.

“I quite often play against him. I enjoy getting involved with that sort of stuff. I have always got to win no matter who I play against.”

Wright, capped twice by his country, quipped: “It is not going to be long before he gets better than me so I have to take the glory while I can!”

Speaking at a Football League roadshow recently staged in Fargate, Wright told The Star he is desperate to ditch the computer console and revive United’s faltering campaign.

The South Yorkshire outfit have gone seven matches without a win and Micky Adams, the club’s third permanent manager of the season, is still searching for his first victory in charge since succeeding Gary Speed more than a month ago.

But, experienced shot-stopper Wright is confident United can accumulate enough points to beat the drop and retain their status in the second tier.

The 33-year-old said: “If we can get a good run together then we can get out of the position we are in. If we don’t believe we can stay up, then we might as well stay in bed.

“We believe we can do it so we have to be positive. There is no point in being negative.

“Everybody in and around the bottom of the table needs points and we are no different. We can’t worry about our position. We have got to look to the future and make sure we start putting points on the board.”