Sheffield United: Chris Wilder refutes suggestions he is under pressure to start loan signings Ben Woodburn and Dean Henderson

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, says he does not feel obliged to name Ben Woodburn or Dean Henderson in his starting eleven for this weekend's game against Swansea City.

Ben Woodburn has joined on loan from Liverpool
Ben Woodburn has joined on loan from Liverpool

Although Henderson's parent club Manchester United have refused to demand the goalkeeper plays, Liverpool are thought to have inserted a financial penalty clause into the agreement which saw his fellow loanee Woodburn arrive at Bramall Lane earlier this week.

But, speaking ahead of the meeting with Graham Potter's side, Wilder explained United factored that into their budget calculations before welcoming the Wales international to South Yorkshire.

"From a financial point of view, I think people recognise we are not a big hitter in this division," he said. "So, we are doing sensible deals. From a financial point of view, it fits in with where we are at.

"There is no pressure from any of the clubs to play any of their players. Would they like them to play? Of course they would. I am not sure that Liverpool want Ben to play 46 games in the Championship at 18, though, if I am honest with you.

"But I would imagine Manchester United would like Dean Henderson to play 46 games, because he’s a different position and different age. There’s no pressure to play."

Wilder, who today completed the signing of Kean Bryan from Manchester City, confirmed Jake Wright and Ricky Holmes are likely to be his only absentees as United make their return to Championship action. Wright is recovering from a facial injury sustained during pre-season while Holmes is set to join Oxford on


"Ricky is set to go there until January," Wilder said. "Like Ched (Evans) at Fleetwood, we'll see how he goes before taking a decision on whether to bring him back. Ricky is a good lad who I know as well as anyone. He wants to play first team football and I can't guarantee that here at the moment. It's a good chance for him to work under a manager (Karl Robinson) whose style suits him and who also knows him."