The Blades could be set for a boost ahead of the visit of Burnley, with Sean Dyche revealing the Clarets are struggling with a couple of injuries.
United manager Chris Wilder will be hoping to kick off November with a win. The Blades gaffer saw his team pick up a win and two draws in a successful October.
Ahead of Saturday’s visit from Dyche’s men, Wilder has already admitted he has a number of injury worries of his own. However, it is the news coming from the Burnley camp which will interest many Blades fans.
“Chris Wood’s touch and go,” Dyche said in his pre-match presser (Lancashire Live).
“He’s making a good recovery but you always get those moments of decision, should we, shouldn’t we? The player’s included in that and we’ll talk to him over the next 24 hours about that.”
Why is Wood so key?
The big striker has been integral to Burnley this season. He’s made nine appearances and already got himself on the score-sheet four times.
With Jay Rodriguez also playing well and Ashley Barnes on the books too, Wood is a valuable option for Dyche.
His strength, power, and finishing ability mark him out as the big danger in the Clarets attack. He’s hit the target with 50% of his efforts at goal already, while defensively he contributes too, with five headed clearances to his name as well.
The other options
Ashley Barnes is the obvious choice to start. He would more than likely be partnering Wood as it stands anyway.
Behind Barnes, there is Jay Rodriguez. The former Southampton man scored the last time the Blades met Burnley back in 2011, something we discussed, here.
Aside from those three, responsibility might lie with Matej Vydra. The striker has struggled in the main since making the move to Turf Moor from Derby County. His pace makes him different to the others in the Burnley squad and Sean Dyche might just opt to give him his chance.