Sheffield United seek three points at manager-less Reading

Sheffield United head to lowly Reading on Saturday evening, who sacked their manager Paul Clement this morning.

Clement had only been in the job for eight months, but was dismissed after Reading claimed just four wins in their first 20 league games.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said it showed the tough nature of the managerial industry.

“There are no handouts at this level,” he said.

The Blades will be without striker Leon Clarke for the fixture, who is out injured. This comes as a blow with the forward coming into form, scoring in the recent victory over Brentford.

Meanwhile, youngster Ben Woodburn, who had only just returned to fitness, has picked up a knock in training.

After defeat against Leeds last weekend, Wilder is confident his side will recover at the Madejski Stadium.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson and defender John Egan were involved in the mistake that cost the Blades against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

“They’ll come roaring back,” Wilder said.

The match against Reading will see ex-Blade Marc McNulty face his former club, and the manager is wary of the danger the striker poses.

“He’s a goalscorer, his movement in the box is really good,” Wilder said.

Sheffield United are in sixth place in the Championship table ahead of the festive run-in.