Blades boss Chris Wilder has admitted that he has a couple of injury worries ahead of Saturday’s game with Burnley.
The United gaffer hasn’t had too many issues to deal with this season. He has managed to select the same back three all season while George Baldock and Enda Stevens have occupied the wide areas.
Luke Freeman temporarily stepped in for John Fleck, while David McGoldrick missed a few games with a knock. However, speaking in his pre-match press conference today, Wilder admitted he has a few worries.
“There’s a couple that we are hoping are going to be fit for the weekend. They’ll go through the process today and tomorrow to give them as much time as possible,” Wilder said (BBC).
United are looking to kick off November in similar fashion to the way they went through October. The Blades picked up two away draws and a home win against Arsenal to move into the top half of the table.
Who could be missing?
Wilder didn’t elaborate any further on who might be missing from his squad, leaving things pretty open to guesswork.
Callum Robinson came off last weekend early in the second half, so he could well be one. John Fleck and David McGoldrick are only just over injuries so fans will be hoping it’s neither of those two.
The back three has played every game this season and been excellent. Wilder will be hoping John Egan, Chris Basham, and Jack O’Connell are fit and raring to go once again.
While Wilder likes to keep a settled side, this could open the door for some of his squad players.
As mentioned, Luke Freeman has stepped in already and done well. Lys Mousset is another who might get the nod. Wilder admitting in his press conference that although he’s still some way from being regularly available for 90 minutes, he could well be fit for ‘Saturday to Saturday’ fixtures.
Some fans have already been calling for Mousset to start after his goal at West Ham last week.
Defence will be a big worry if there is an injury there. Phil Jagielka is the obvious choice waiting in the wings. At wing-back, the assumption has to be that Ben Osborn or Kieron Freeman would be the go-to names.
Chris Wilder, then, will be hoping for minimal injury disruption come Saturday morning.