McDonald sets sights on United goal rush

Goal objective: Kevin McDonald is still seeking his first strike since    moving to the Blades.    PICTURE: steve ellis
Goal objective: Kevin McDonald is still seeking his first strike since moving to the Blades. PICTURE: steve ellis
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KEVIN McDonald is desperate to start adding goals to his all round play to become an even greater attacking influence at Bramall Lane.

The Scottish midfielder, released by Burnley at the end of last season, has yet to open his account since joining Sheffield United in August.

While pleased to be back in the Blades’ starting line-up after being dropped by manager Danny Wilson, McDonald is aiming to chip in with goals from midfield to bolster the club’s promotion credentials.

“When I was younger, I used to score a lot of goals but they seem to have dried up of late,” he told The Star. “I’m sure they will come.

“As far as I am concerned, I am quite happy creating the chances for the strikers and letting them do the job but, if I can get on the scoresheet, that would be a bonus.

“The manager tells me he wants me to get forward but at the same time he wants me to get on the ball. He wants me to take the ball off the defence and then go forward.

“Every time I get the ball, I try to pass it forwards. I don’t really like passing the ball backwards but obviously there are times when you have to keep possession.

“Before I moved to Burnley, I was knocking in 10 plus goals a season. Maybe they will come in the New Year.”

Despite nursing an Achilles problem, McDonald is expected to start for the third match in a row when United entertain Notts County on December 27. During a loan spell at Meadow Lane last year, McDonald played 11 times for the Magpies, including one substitute appearance.

Speaking before the 2-0 triumph at Bournemouth, United’s sixth victory on the trot, Wilson warned McDonald he had to work harder off the ball if he wants to cement a permanent spot in his side.

The Blades chief said: “There are other sides of his game which he needs to get better at and Kevin knows that. We have to keep reminding him that there is defensive work that he has to get up to speed with.

“When he is on the ball, he is as good as anyone. He has got two good feet and he can pass and link play up.

“He can thread balls through to the strikers and when he is not in the team, we don’t have enough of that.”

Wilson added: “We are not a team where we can have any passengers when we defend. We need everybody to take responsibility. We can get Kevin doing that better. He will get there.”

McDonald, whose contract runs out in the summer, blames defensive lapses in concentration for the team’s indifferent form between October and November.

He said: “We have conceded a lot of sloppy goals through our own errors and bad decision making so we have worked a lot on team shape and what to do in certain scenarios in the last few weeks.

“All the credit has to go to the manager for sorting it out. We have learned from our mistakes, started to cut them out and we are looking much better for it.”