Selection headache for Wilder with Lowe back for Sheffield United
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Selection headache for Wilder with Lowe back for Sheffield United

Max Lowe is available for Sheffield United for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Lowe missed last week’s defeat to Liverpool after suffering concussion in the previous outing against Fulham.

Yet manager Chris Wilder says the defender is fit and ready to go this weekend.

“He missed out (at Anfield) by a day,” Wilder told The Sheffield Star.

“He was training full-tilt at the back end of the week but because of the protocols, there were no chances taken. And rightly so.”


Now Lowe is back for the Blades and boosts Wilder’s options ahead of a potentially tricky home tie with Man City.

United desperately need points, having picked up one so far in their six league games. However, facing a Pep Guardiola side that beat them twice last season is a tough prospect.

Lowe return poses interesting selection decision for Sheffield United

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Lowe’s first league start for the Blades following a summer switch from Derby County coincided with a defensive tweak from Wilder.

The United boss is trying to find a solution at the back to having Jack O’Connell out for the entire campaign.

Jack Robinson had been filling in for O’Connell on the left-side of a back three prior to the Cottagers visiting Bramall Lane. But for that encounter, Wilder moved Enda Stevens from wing-back to central defence and Lowe came in out wide.

The early signs were promising, before the full-back was injured and had to be substituted for Robinson after just 19 minutes.

But against the Reds last week, Wilder stuck with the tactic. Stevens continued in a back three, with Ben Osborn playing on the left.

Again it looked good, despite an eventual 2-1 loss to the Champions. The issue for Wilder now is, does he stick with Osborn or bring Lowe back in?

There is now little debate that Stevens is the best replacement for O’Connell. Robinson is solid, but doesn’t offer as much going forwards.

It’s been a subtle switch, but one which could be fruitful in the long-term. And again proves why Wilder is such a shrewd tactician.

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