Sheffield United v Rotherham: Why Paul Warne doesn't feel sorry for Heckingbottom one bit

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Sheffield United v Rotherham: Why Paul Warne doesn't feel sorry for Heckingbottom one bit

It’s a big South Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane this weekend as Paul Warne’s Rotherham come to Sheffield United.

The Millers have enjoyed a fine start to life in the Championship with only Sunderland really unlocking them so far in what has been an impressive opening few weeks. Warne is well-respected in Yorkshire for his work with Rotherham, and Paul Heckingbottom will be more than aware the Blades are in for a tough afternoon.

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However, with United top of the table and flying at Bramall Lane, Warn himself is all too aware of the threat posed by the Blades. And speaking before the big clash, the Millers manager has praised United, but admitted he doesn’t exactly feel sorry for us when it comes to injuries.

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The Rotherham manager has been more than complimentary in his pre-match comments but hinted he’d love to have the size of squad United has at its disposal.

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“This is really going to be up there. Their home form is amazing and they have only conceded once at home this season and it is difficult to score against them and difficult to stop them. As a team, they probably are the best all-round package in this league, from what I have seen of the games,” Warne told the Yorkshire Post.

“They are phenomenal at home and start both halves with such an intensity that if you do not match that, you are out of the game. In fairness, the feel-good factor is back at their club. It feels like the team who were promoted to the Premier League, their wide centre-halves have been excellent.

“I know they have injuries, but I don’t feel that sorry for them. Their starting 11 is a joke and they can cause you problems throughout.”

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Any Sheffield United fan going into this game thinking it’s an easy three points is mistaken. Rotherham have been in fine form and Warne will have his team set up to make the game awkward, while also utilising his own options.

This is a Millers side who’ve taken draws from Watford, Preston and QPR, while they also hammered Reading 4-0 not so long ago. Rest assured, Rotherham will be coming to Bramall Lane to upset the odds and pick up points.

For United, it’s a case playing to the maximum once again. If the Blades do that, as Warne hints, it will be too much for his side. But anything less than that, and Rotherham will be ready to pounce and be the first team to take points at The Lane this season.

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