The dilemma facing Chris Wilder in Sheffield United's race to place in Europe

Chris Wilder admits he must make the right combination of strikers for the final three games of the Premier League season as Sheffield United conclude their quest to qualify for European competition next season.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 6:00 am

Wilder's Blades travel to Leicester City on Thursday, before facing Everton at Bramall Lane and then rounding off their season away at Southampton next weekend.

After Manchester City's two-year UEFA ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday, United now know that they must finish sixth to guarantee themselves a place in the Europa League next season. A seventh-placed finish will be enough, if Arsenal do not win this season's FA Cup.

But Wilder's Blades will be focusing on themselves in a bid to become the first United side in the club's long history to qualify for Europe. They did their hopes no harm with a stunning 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend to send them seventh, a point behind sixth-placed Wolves.

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"Didzy was brilliant against Chelsea," said Wilder, after watching his striker break his league duck with a brace against Frank Lampard's men.

"Billy [Sharp] came in before lockdown and was great. I want more out of [Lys] Mousset, when he shows what he's about he's been a threat. Oli [McBurnie] has been great and Richairo [Zivkovic] came on against Wolves and played a part.

"We need everything out of everyone, and they have to be ready to step up. The schedule is intense, so I have to make sure that the combination is right for us to get a result."

McGoldrick's two goals were his first in the Premier League, although he has twice scored in the FA Cup this season, but the striker remained a popular man at Bramall Lane throughout his drought this season.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley: Peter Powell/NMC Pool/PA Wire.

"He's been great and it's brilliant for him," Wilder added.

"I don't think he'll ever be prolific but he did an unbelievable job on their midfield and then created opportunities, for Mousset and others. He's a popular boy and rightly so in terms of what he brings to the club."