By Danny Wright
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has admitted that he was left surprised by Thomas Christiansen’s decision to rest players in Leeds United’s loss at Leicester on Wednesday.
The Whites made 10 changes to the side that beat Bristol City last weekend and were dumped out of the League Cup at the King Power Stadium, missing the chance to make the quarter finals for a second year in a row.
Leeds face Sheffield United in the Championship at Elland Road on Friday night and it seems that Christiansen may have taken the decision to rest players for what is bound to be a high-stakes Yorkshire derby.
Wilder has admitted that the Whites are a dangerous opposition for his high-flying Blades due to their commitment to going up this season and has suggested that their fully-rested squad may cause his side problems on Friday night.
“That was a fantastic win by Leeds over Bristol City because look what they, City, did to Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup,” he said, as quoted by the Sheffield Star. “It doesn’t come any bigger than this. If you read the comments of their manager, and not in an arrogant way, they are geared up for promotion.
“They made 10 changes despite having a chance of getting into the quarter-finals. I thought they might have had a stronger team out there but it shows what their priority is.”
Leeds are currently four points behind third-placed Sheff United in the Championship standings and will have to win on Friday to start putting some pressure on the runaway top three in the league.
The Whites had been in poor form before their stunning 3-0 hammering of Bristol City on Saturday which ended a spell of three defeats in a row.
Christiansen is expected to ring the changes once more on Friday at Elland Road, perhaps reverting to the 11 players that he used at Ashton Gate last week.
The decision to rest players against Leicester will no doubt prove to be a great one if the Whites can reign supreme over their Yorkshire rivals.
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