Chris Wilder admitted this week he faces a tough decision when it comes to giving Rhian Brewster his full debut at Liverpool this evening.
The Blades boss spoke of the good week Brewster has had in training this week. Indeed, Wilder said that his new signing has put himself right into contention in terms of getting the nod.
Clearly, Brewster has a number of players to dislodge. Billy Sharp scored from the spot last week and will desperate to start, while Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick were picked last week. Finally, Oli Burke may be back in contention after missing out last weekend against Fulham.
But with just two goals this season in the league and a solitary point, United need a boost from somewhere and, for me anyway, Brewster has to be given the go-ahead at Anfield tonight.
Chances are coming
This weekend is a different kettle of fish to that we saw last time out against Fulham. The Cottagers were wide open in that first half and United should have put the game to bed.
Oli McBurnie was the main culprit. The Scotland striker missing one particularly great chance in the opening period while he also should have done better with some half-chances that came his way.
It begs the question, then, if Brewster would have tucked one of those chances away? Wilder admitted last week he faced a tough decision over his new signing. But given the concession that Brewster may have only been able to give 50 or 60 minutes, those minutes may have been enough to win us the game.
Of course, this is not to slate Oli McBurnie. Strikers go through phases of not scoring, just look at David McGoldrick last season! But Brewster has been signed to score goals and you can’t help but think he’d have tucked that header away last week.
So, with Virgil van Dijk missing and Brewster going back to his old club so early in his United career, the football romantic in me says our new striker will get off the mark. We all know it would happen against us, so why can’t it happen for us for once?
Here’s hoping, anyway. UTB.