Tommy Doyle missed the game, having not trained since the Wrexham game due to a tight calf, whie Daniel Jebbison will definitely be absent from the replay as he will be serving the second of his three match ban for his dismissal at The Racecourse. The transfer deadline has passed since we last met, and the good news is that The Blades didn't lose any of the star players who had been attracting jealous glances from Premier League clubs. Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge remain at Bramall Lane, although Berge has reportedly suggested that his intention is to run his contract down and leave on a free transfer in 2024. Off the pitch, the transfer embargo appears to remain in place with speculation mounting that an 18-month sanction might be in the pipeline.
Football and the players are my focus. We know we have a busy couple of weeks coming up with Wrexham now at the forefront of our mind. - Paul Heckingbottom HEAD TO HEAD We've played at Bramall Lane three times, and are still looking for our first win. Our first game there was a Second Division match in April 1979: our first campaign in the second tier was drawing to a close, and we'd secured a comfortabe mid-table finish, while the Blades were mired in the relegation zone.
Wrexham maintained their winning streak in the league on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Altrincham. The injuries picked up against United meant Phil Parkinson had to reshuffle his side, and there was a suspicion of unfamiliarity behind a disjointed first half performance. However, after the break The Red Dragons looked more like their usual selves, and earned a 2-1 win thanks to goals by Ollie Palmer and debutant Eoghan O'Connell. O'Connell isn't available for the replay though, having not been signed before the initial tie was played.
The lads have been brilliant. You don't go unbeaten on the run we're on if you haven't got that focus. The lads are good. They haven't looked for excuses from day one. We speak about it a lot, no excuses. Simple, no excuses and we don't expect anything less. "Stuff that could potentially be a distraction we just don't entertain it. We have had the talk of the embargo, takeover but not on the training ground. " The club will tell you something when they have something to say.
Blades fans' sense of unease has multiplied after the Daily Mail claimed that prospective new owner Dozy Mmobuosi, who is believed to have made a £90 million bid, might not have the wherewithal to complete the deal. They suggest his tech company, Tingo, has lost 94% of its value over the last twelve months. Manager Paul Heckingbottom has sensibly declared that he isn't going to field any further questions on the takeover, as he wants to focus on football. He told YorkshireLive, "It's irrelevant to us.
Sheffield United vs Wrexham on 07 Feb 23 - Match CentreHow do you follow last Sunday's epic? It was the FA Cup tie that had everything, and when the dust settled the two sides couldn't be settled, so we go again! The Blades will, obviously, be strong favourites, but Wrexham's form is magnificent and there's no doubt the players are full of self-belief.