James Shield’s Sheffield United press conference review: Business as usual for the table-topping Blades as they prepare for Derby clash

Sheffield United look to maintain their position at the top of the Championship this weekend when they travel to Derby County – and the message from boss Chris Wilder is ‘business as usual’.

That’s the view of our Blades writer James Shield ahead of the trip to Pride Park. Click the play button above to hear James’ thoughts.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Elsewhere, United have reported a clean bill of health with their international stars and Wilder previewed the game against Derby in his pre-match press conference.

Wilder has also warned Kieron Freeman he must maintain the standards that earned him a senior Wales call-up if he is to remain United’s regular right-back.

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The 26-year-old was called up to the senior Welsh squad for the first time for their crucial Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland, and was an unused substitute as Harry Wilson’s superb free-kick earned Ryan Giggs’ men all three points in Dublin.

“It’s great for Kieron, and a real reward for his performances so far this season,” Wilder said.

“And I’m not surprised he was called up, either. It shows he’s progressing nicely.

“But he has to play well here to stay in the team, because George Baldock is right behind him and desperate to play.

“We’ve got competition for places here, which drives people on and raises their standards. And that’s what we need.”