Sheffield United RECAP: Chris Wilder on injuries and form ahead of Man Utd and Harry Maguire on 'fantastic' old club

It’s one match after another in the Premier League and after Sheffield United’s defeat to Newcastle United yesterday, Chris Wilder turns his attention to Man Utd.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 9:16 pm

Stay with us all through the day for the latest team news and more reaction to that sorry display at St James’ Park.

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Chris Wilder speaks to the referee after Sunday's defeat to Newcastle United.

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Last updated: Monday, 22 June, 2020, 16:11

  • The Blades turned in a sorry display in losing to Newcastle yesterday
  • John Egan was sent off in a 3-0 defeat
  • Chris Wilder spoke to the media at 9am today
  • United travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening without the suspended Egan, Dean Henderson is ineligible and there remain injury concerns over Jack O’Connell
  • Harry Maguire praises ’fantastic’ Sheffield United

Kieron Freeman pays tribute to his dad after making Premier League debut

Kieron Freeman paid tribute to his late father after making his Premier League debut for Sheffield United at Newcastle yesterday.

Freeman was introduced as a late substitute in United’s 3-0 defeat at St James’ Park, making his first top-flight appearance.

The defender’s father passed away with cancer in November, and the game was played on Father’s Day.

Freeman wrote on social media: "Thank you for the messages, it really means a lot. If you know me you’ll know I lost my dad, my best friend, in November to cancer and this is the first Father’s Day without him.

"To make my Premier League debut yesterday on Father’s Day was such a surreal moment. I know you’re watching down on us, dad.

“Miss you every day. See you one day.”

Boost for Arsenal ahead of FA Cup clash with Blades

Matteo Guendouzi has escaped a Football Association charge despite putting his hands around Neal Maupay's throat at the end of Arsenal's defeat at Brighton.

The Gunners slipped to a 2-1 loss as Maupay struck in injury time after Brighton captain Lewis Dunk had cancelled out Nicolas Pepe's opener at the AMEX Stadium.

Earlier in the game, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno appeared to suffer a serious knee injury as he fell awkwardly with Maupay in close proximity, with the Germany international gesturing his displeasure to the forward as he was taken off on a stretcher.

After hitting the last-gasp winner, Maupay was confronted at the full-time whistle with Guendouzi placing his hands on his fellow Frenchman.

The PA news agency understands the incident was missed by referee Martin Atkinson but that it was picked up and reviewed by the video assistant referee and so Guendouzi will face no further action.

The Football Association has warned and reminded both Brighton and Arsenal of their responsibilities following the coming together at the end of the game.

Maguire reflects on 3-3 Bramall Lane thriller earlier in season

He said: “It was a crazy game. We were really poor in the first half. No doubt about it, it was one of our poorest first halves of the season.

“We managed to find ourselves two goals down but then got in a great position and looked like we were going to win. They didn’t really create any chances in the last 20 or 30 minutes of the game and then, obviously with the last kick, they found space and it was a good finish from Oli McBurnie. In the end, it was a tough result to take but I don’t think we deserved any more on the day than a point. We weren’t good enough and know we have to perform better in this game.”

Harry Maguire talks about growing up at Sheffield United's academy

The defender is now Manchester United’s captain after an £80m summer move from Leicester, and will face his former club on Wednesday evening

“It’s a fantastic football club and one I’m really proud of because of how well they’re doing at the moment. I am really thankful for the opportunity they gave me to start my professional career, and the faith and trust they showed in me at a young age. I’m really happy with how they’re doing and theirs is the first result I look for after a game with United. Hopefully, they can finish one place below us!”


Ollie Norwood on form since returning

"It has been quite obvious in the last two games that we haven’t been great, we were in a good place before the madness of everything that came along and we're yet to find that fluidity but it’ll come back. We lost a game of football - the first since Liverpool away - so we're not in a crisis.

"But we need to get ourselves going and back to the levels we set earlier in the season. Physically we have been fine, the numbers are good of where we would be in a game."

Wilder on Jagielka

“Got another 24 hour to improve Jags, just shows the kind of player and man he is. A lot of players, no disrespect, would not have entertained it but he did, we might have needed Jags’ presence there and he was prepared to do that, I’m sure with the timing in terms of lead up to the game he’ll be fit and ready. He blocked a shot on Saturday and turned an ankle but he’ll be OK, with John missing he’s the obvious one to come in.”

Wilder on Jack O'Connell

"A daily conversation I have all the time with the medical department over when players can come back, someone who wasn’t in the know said he’s out for the season but he isn’t, he’s progressing well and I’ll have that conversation again. 

"Hopeful that he’ll be close, see how today goes, important player for us and has been part of the group that’s done great in both ways, with and without the ball. 

“When you miss your big players, you don’t want to change what’s been a settled back 3 but see how today goes, another one in the category with Jags, Jack’s a warrior, not missed many games in his time here and puts everything on the line, so we’ll look at that and make sensible decision when he’s ready.”

"All I know is that they had a behind-closed-doors game about 10 days ago and about three or four players didn’t get in the 22 that would get in majority of PL clubs, amazing club. Had the pleasure of meeting Sir Alex a few times as a young manager and followed them closely and it’s an amazing football club. 

“They’ve got great players and a great academy, excellent manager and staff, and this is as tough as it gets. Couple of players back from injury that wouldn’t have played against us so they’re at their strongest in terms of personnel and quite rightly they’re pushing for top 4 and even higher and wouldn’t bet against them.”

Wilder on getting a reaction

"They know how I work, I’m a  demanding manager regardless of opposition or division, I think we can beat the best team in the world on our own day. People think I’m crazy but you have to have that mindset, we did against Liverpool and City. Regardless of injuries and Dean not playing and suspension, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and it’s up to me to set the tone of the day. 

"Players have got to quickly recover from disappointment and have to do that throughout their careers, very few players have it all their own way throughout their careers. And from a managerial point of view, as well. Have to overcome them, especially with the schedule we have in this period. We’ll train today and prepare to go again."

Wilder on Deano extension

“Had a chat with the manager and he was fine with Dean extending until end of the season, I appreciate Ole’s help with that. Dean’s been great for us and we’ve been great for Dean, hopefully that gets done soon.”

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