Sheffield United: Reading star talks up his team ahead of Blades test

oyals keeper Vito Mannone. Picture Tony Johnson.
oyals keeper Vito Mannone. Picture Tony Johnson.
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Vito Mannone has insisted Reading can still win promotion this season, despite entering Saturday’s match against Sheffield United only two points above the relegation zone.

Jaap Stam’s side reached the Championship play-off final last season but travel to Bramall Lane 12 points behind Chris Wilder’s third-placed side after winning only three of their opening 11 matches this term.

But after providing a timely reminder of their qualities with a 1-0 win at Leeds five days ago, Mannone, the former Sunderland goalkeeper, said: “I came here for promotion and I still believe we can get it. I believed it from day one and I haven’t changed my mind because a few results have gone wrong to begin with.”