Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder, has insisted that his team will be attacking their FA Cup tie with Reading next week.
United have strolled into the last 16 and now a chance at winning the competition becomes very real if they can see off the Royals next week.
Wilder’s men comfortably saw off Reading last season in the Championship. A Gary Madine inspired performance saw United run out 4-0 winners at Bramall Lane towards the back end of the campaign.
And the Blades boss insists his team will be well up for the task next week at the Madejski Stadium.
“We are after more. We have got some fantastic games coming up and a tough FA Cup cup tie that we will go and attack,” Wilder said. (Sheffield Star)
United have cruised through the earlier rounds of the competition. A home win against non-league AFC Fylde and then a well-drilled performance away at Millwall have gotten the Blades this far.
It’s a stark contrast for the Blades under Wilder in the FA Cup. Last season, the lost to Barnet at home in what Wilder called one of his worst days with the club.
Wilder, then, will be hoping his team head to Berkshire next week with their minds fully focussed on the task at hand.
Wilder has opted for a changed line-up throughout the competition so far. He made wholesale changes against Fylde while a number of fringe players started the win at Millwall.
However, this could be a different story for the Blades boss. There’s a very realistic chance of United getting to Wembley if they can see the Royals off. That, then, poses the question of if Wilder should select a full-strength side.
The reality is that there may be a couple of changes but Wilder will want to win and win well. Reading, on the other hand, will be fully expecting a fit and firing Blades side.