Sheffield United: Duo more than ‘hopeful’ to face leaders Burnley this weekend
Having been brought on as a substitute early in the game as part of a tactical reshuffle instigated by Paul Heckingbottom, McAtee was the victim of a terrible tackle from the City full-back in the closing stages of the game.
After being sent spiraling through the air, United’s physios administered treatment to McAtee’s knee before the youngster was deemed fit enough to continue. But Heckingbottom later admitted that was the least of his worries; such was the force of Tanner’s lunge that even City’s Nigel Pearson admitted it warranted a red card.
“James hit his head and his knee,” Heckingbottom said. “He was really caught. We’ll be watching him, as you would expect, over the next few days and keeping our fingers crossed for him.”
Although McAtee showed no ill effects after the final whistle, celebrating with the rest of the United squad in front of the traveling support after Iliman Ndiaye’s eighth goal of the season had powered them to victory, now ‘hope the Manchester City youngster stays consistent. supervision at the Randox Health Academy ahead of the meeting with Vincent Kompany’s side.
Bristol City’s George Tanner tackles Sheffield United’s James McAtee before being sent off: Ashley Crowden / Sportimage
McAtee was introduced midway through the first half when a clearly upset Reda Khadra was withdrawn as part of what Heckingbottom insisted was a tactical reshuffle. Pearson, suggesting the German is “high maintenance” and had not wanted to “run” around, clearly thought otherwise despite admitting he tried to sign him earlier this summer. Khadra is set to spend the rest of the season at Bramall Lane after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion on a temporary basis. But while Heckingbottom leapt to the player’s defense during his post-match interviews, the 21-year-old’s future in South Yorkshire must now be in serious doubt as he struggles to impress at United.
Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom reviews James McAtee: Ashley Crowden / Sportimage
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