Rotherham United gave naive Sheffield United a taste of their own medicine – Chris Wilder

Rotherham United gave \naive\ Sheffield United a taste of their own medicine – Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder has to go all out for Liverpool man to lead Sheffield United to promotion

With reports suggesting David de Gea is set to join Paris St Germain at the end of the present campaign, Henderson could be handed an opportunity to establish himself in Jose Mourinhos starting eleven when his agreement at Bramall Lane expires.

But, asked to outline his long-term career plans, the England under-21 international used the question to deliver a coded message to his parent club and reaffirm his commitment to Wilders team. 

Rotherham United gave naive Sheffield United a taste of their own medicine – Chris Wilder

“All Im focused on is getting Sheffield United to the Premier League,” Henderson said. “Nothing else.

Proctors late leveller saw the Blades drop to fifth in the table but Yorkshires other promotion hopefuls had a better afternoon with Leeds United beating Bristol City 2-0 and Middlesbrough triumphing 2-1 at Griffin Park.

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“Thats my aim this year, the bigger picture looks after itself. If they (Manchester United) dont see what Im doing, thats their problem at the end of the day. Cream rises to the top.”

Marcelo Bielsa said: When I see the game again Ill take into account this point of view – that we didnt deserve to win the game. At the beginning of the second half and from minutes 25 to 35, we didnt dominate.

Henderson, aged 21, produced a superb performance at New York Stadium but was powerless to prevent Jamie Proctor scoring a 92nd minute equaliser. Mark Duffy had earlier given the visitors the lead before Chris Basham restored their advantage following Jon Taylors strike.

We were naive in our play and the players didnt recognise that Rotherham would be on top of them. Maybe I need to get that message across more strongly. We didnt have time and space to take touches.

The result saw United slip to fifth in the table, five points behind leaders Norwich City, ahead of Tuesdays trip to Brentford.

They were hungrier than us and off they went. Rotherham played more effective football. I imagine they had more ball than us, more crosses, more shots. They did to us what we usually do to other teams.

“Weve got a great group and a great chance (of going up),” Henderson said. “I wouldnt swap our team for anyone else. Weve just got to get better at certain things.

Our performance just wasnt good enough, said Wilder. We didnt deserve anything out of the game. We seemed to think we could just stroll in and it would be a pretty easy afternoon.

“Id take a 2-0 and a clean sheet with nothing to do all day long. But this is what Im paid to do, to defend our goal and hopefully Ive done it well so far this season. 

The Blades – who travel to Brentford tomorrow – missed the chance to go top of the Championship after twice being pegged back by the Millers in a pulsating derby at the New York Stadium.

Sheffield United once again fell to a frustrating result this weekend as they were held 2-2 by local rivals Rotherham United.

Sheffield United (3-5-2): Dean Henderson; Chris Basham, John Egan, Jack O'Connell; Kieron Freeman, John Fleck, Oli Norwood, Enda Stevens, Mark Duffy; David McGoldrick, Billy Sharp. Subs not used: Simon Moore, George Baldock, Paul Coutts, Marvin Johnson, Conor Washington. Subs: Leon Clarke (for McGoldrick, 62), Richard Stearman (for Duffy, 87), Marvin Johnson (for Sharp, 90).

Despite leading in the game twice, the Blades failed to make something of getting their noses in front and were made to pay in injury time at the New York Stadium.

Rotherham (4-4-1-1): Marek Rodak; Zak Vyner, Semi Ajayi, Clark Robertson, Joe Mattock; Ryan Williams, Will Vaulks, Ryan Manning, Jon Taylor; Richie Towell; Michael Smith. Subs not used: Lewis Price, Richard Wood, Ben Wiles, Matt Palmer. Subs: Joe Newell (for Manning, 62 minutes), Kyle Vassell (for Vyner, 87), Jamie Proctor (for Williams, 87).

It was a typically frustrating result for United, who suffered similar annoyances in their previous game against Sheffield Wednesday, and there is a growing call at Bramall Lane for manager Chris Wilder to get out in the January transfer market and add a top quality marksman to his ranks.

We at FLW agree, and one man we think would be a superb signing is Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke.

Will Vaulks – skipper for the day, competitor every day, the goalline-clearer of a 40th-minute close-range David McGoldrick shot which could have ended Rotherham's hopes – stood in salute of the West Stand, the bond between leader and supporters evident and heartwarming.

The England man has been on the periphery of proceedings at Anfield this term and doesn’t look like getting many first team chances in the near future, meaning a loan move might well be on the books for the youngster.

Warne spoke from the heart again: "Those moments when you're in the corner with your mates and you realise what you've done … they're pretty monumental. That's why I'm involved in football, that's why you write about it. 

Solanke was in fine form for England under-21’s this week, and he will no doubt be catching the eye of plenty of onlookers, meaning the Blades should act fast if they want to sign him.

As the Millers went for the winner, Henderson – as he had in the opening period – produced a flying stop to keep out a Semi Ajayi header and the Blades goalkeeper was relieved moments later to see yet another Ajayi aerial attempt just miss the target.

United woefully lack pace up top, and if they are to remain in the mix for a promotion challenge throughout the season, then signing someone like Solanke would be a shrewd move indeed.

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