Mutual respect between Blades and Millers will not dampen fierce local derby

Rotherham will host Sheffield United at the New York Stadium this Saturday with both teams looking to return to winning ways after the international.

The Blades, currently 4th in the Championship, were unable to break down a resolute Sheffield Wednesday side in their last outing and have failed to score in their last two games.

The Millers, in 19th, are hoping to continue a five game unbeaten run but are just two points above the relegation zone.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed that despite a fitness scare for John Egan, following international duty with the Republic of Ireland, all of his players are fit and raring to go.

He said: “I have 22 or 23 back fit on the grass today all desperate to play I can’t pick them all but it is what I need.”

Wilder commented that despite a run of poor results, he knows that the performances are there both statistically and from his own perspective.

Wilder also acknowledged the respect the two clubs have for each other and their many similarities.

“There are lot of similarities between both clubs both very hard working, working class clubs which are not arrogant and don’t get above their station.”

It is clear that Wilder has an admiration for the work Rotherham manager, Paul Warne, has done to turn around a club which were in dire financial trouble and looked to be spiralling down the league only a year ago.

However, the Blades manager said he won’t let this professional respect affect the approach his Sheffield United team take in the match.