Lane newboy pays tribute to Wilson

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KEVIN McDonald, the Sheffield United midfielder, last night insisted Danny Wilson’s no-nonsense style can help him become a big at Bramall Lane.

Drawing comparisons between the United manager and Owen Coyle, his former mentor at Burnley, McDonald admitted he has plenty to prove after departing Turf Moor. There were reports of an awkward relationship with the now Bolton Wanderers chief’s successor, Brian Laws.

“I think they’re similar in quite a few ways,” McDonald said. “They’re both really good man-managers who have a laugh with the lads but who, when it’s time to work, are very serious.”

Although an ankle injury is expected to rule him out of this afternoon’s League One fixture at Scunthorpe - where he spent a brief spell on loan last term - McDonald could return to action when Huddersfield Town visit South Yorkshire on Tuesday.

Wilson, armed with a promise of funds from plc chairman Kevin McCabe, signed McDonald on a free transfer following his release by the Lancastrians earlier this summer.

The 22-year-old, who was a member of the Burnley squad when they beat United in the 2009 Championship play-off final, rose to prominence when he scored twice against Arsenal during a Carling Cup tie in 2008.

“I’m close but we won’t be taking risks,” said McDonald.

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