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Sheffield United: Preston North End manager Alex Neil has his say on Blades clash and identifies Chris Wilder’s key men

Preston North End manager Alex Neil has praised Sheffield United as a ‘good side’ and has identified the Blades’ new signings as a threat ahead of tomorrow’s Championship match at Bramall Lane.

Preston will travel to Sheffield in search of their second win of the season as they currently sit second from bottom of the table in 23rd place.

Preston manager Alex Neil

Preston manager Alex Neil

Neil, who watched the Blades’ 0-0 draw with Birmingham City in mid-week, predicted that Chris Wilder will return to a more established starting line-up for Saturday’s match.

“Sheffield United are a good side and I think they have improved this season in terms of the players they have brought in,” said Neil.

“David McGoldrick has added something up front and Oli Norwood is obviously a good passer of the ball.

“They made quite a few changes the other night so I think they will go back to a more tried and tested side come the weekend.

“But we will have to wait and see what their line-up is. On Wednesday they were up against a Birmingham side who were in a rigid 4-4-2, sat behind the ball and made it difficult.”

The match will be the 117th time the two sides have met, with Preston winning two of the three fixtures between them last season.