HARRY Maguire has rubbished claims that being dumped-out of the FA Cup by Birmingham City will shatter Sheffield United’s self-belief.
Danny Wilson’s side exited the competition after being beaten 4-0.
But with United now focused solely on trying to gain promotion from League One, Maguire dismissed suggestions the score-line will cast a shadow over the remainder of their campaign. “We won’t let it deflate us,” the teenage defender said. “We’re trying to get better all the time and we’ll move forward with confidence. I thought it was a tighter game than the result suggests. There are positives we can take from the performance but also things that we can learn and work on as we try to improve. City were very clinical. They took their chances. We had chances too and on this occasion we didn’t. That was the difference.”
Wilson, who is bracing himself for a flurry of interest in some of United’s key names ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline, said: “There’s no way that my lads will be left with any psychological scars. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re disappointed to go out but we’re not distraught at the performance.
“Birmingham are a good side and sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and admit that on the day your opponents were better than you in certain areas. That’s what we’ll do but we can still take heart from a lot of aspects of our play.”
Wilson insisted he has yet to receive any bids for members of his squad.
But with the likes of Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Burnley, Brighton and Leeds monitoring Nick Montgomery and Lee Williamson and Richard Cresswell also attracting attention, he said: “I’m too long in the tooth to think that probably won’t change. Hopefully nobody goes out because this squad has shown that it will push as hard as it can. With a bit of luck we might be able to bring some in but things constantly change.
“There was a lad I was looking at and then he gets selected for the first team so you think ’Damn. He’s probably not going to be allowed out now.’
“The biggest worry, not just for me but for all managers, is bids coming in right on the deadline when there’s little time to respond but we’re trying to be as prepared as possible by putting things in place should that happen.”