Blades boss Chris Wilder says his opposite number Carlos Carvahal will be under much more pressure than him during the Steel City derby this weekend.
United take on Wednesday at Hillsborough on Sunday, a fixture that has not been played domestically for over 5 seasons.
Of course, both sides will be desperate for a result, but Wilder insists Wednesday will have far more pressure on their shoulders to win than his side.
Wilder pointed out Wednesday’s spending power over the Blades, and admitted his side could go into the derby with only one striker as injuries mount.
“They are under pressure to get out of this division,” Wilder told the Star. “If you look at the price of things, the wages they pay, the tickets, that’s the way it geared-up to be going. ”
“All that money, all that dough. Are they favourites? Of course they are.”
“I’m not playing mind games or anything like that. They are under pressure to get out, that’s a statement of fact from them. I like Carlos, I’ve done a few bits with him on the circuit and he’s a genuine guy. So I’m not playing games and, make no bones about it, we are a dangerous team.”
“I believe there will be two teams going about it full tilt. I don’t think we’ve got it in us to take a step back. There will be times when they push us back and we have to accept that. Because they’ve got some really good players, especially at the top end of the pitch. We know we are going to have to be at our best to get a result. But, as I keep saying, I don’t think this is going to be a totally one-sided affair. We can cause them problems with the way we play.”
“When you look at the stats, we’ve had double the amount of possession, passes and penalty area entries against some very good sides this season.”
“We are a dangerous team. We’ll need to keep our discipline but we do that. “We’ve had two red cards in two seasons and I think that’s a decent return for a competitive and enthusiastic group.”