Paul Heckingbottom reveals his Sheffield United ambition after admitting Chelsea win could change outlook of Blades' season

Paul Heckingbottom has revealed his ambition is to "put smiles back on faces" of Sheffield United's players and staff between now and the end of the season, after admitting that a victory at Chelsea in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday can "change the outlook of the whole season".

Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:37 pm

Heckingbottom's first game in temporary charge after Chris Wilder's departure was a 5-0 defeat at Leicester, United's 23rd in their 29 Premier League games this season.

They have a break from the pressures of league football this weekend when they travel to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, and Heckingbottom said: "We need to start changing the feel of the place and get smiles on faces of players and staff after a tough few months.

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"Everyone has a responsibility to enjoy the remaining games. That’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind, a good result and a cup semi final does the job for you.

"I’m desperate to get through and get to the semi final. That’s first and foremost the game in front of us, and it can also change the outlook of the whole season."

United hope to have David McGoldrick available for Sunday, after he missed the Leicester defeat with a knee issue.

"He's trained, so we'll monitor him but it's a bonus," Heckingbottom added.

Paul Heckingbottom took temporary charge of United at Leicester last weekend: Darren Staples/Sportimage

"Everyone knows we’re light in bodies, especially in certain positions. I’d love to have everyone fit and hopefully we can get back towards that before long."

Chelsea could welcome back Tammy Abraham against Heckingbottom's men.