Peter Shirtliff searches for first win as caretaker Bury boss against Sheffield United at Brammall Lane

By James Scott

League One side Bury head to Brammall Lane to face Sheffield United still searching for a win after three defeats in their first five games.  

Caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff, who took on the manager duties when Richie Barker left on the eve of the season, is hoping that summer signing David Healy will finally make his debut against the Blades.

The Shakers have had a tough start to the season – taking on former Championship forces Coventry and Doncaster, as well as promotion challengers Notts County and Preston North End.

Bury have also added to their striking options with Leicester City’s Tom Hopper joining on a one month loan deal and goes straight into the squad.

However, right back Phil Picken faces a lengthy spell out after aggravating a knee injury during last weekend’s game with Preston North End.

United, who cruelly lost this year’s play-off final on penalties to rivals Huddersfield Town, have had a good start to the season.

They currently occupy fifth position, but are under huge pressure to return to the Championship automatically, at the second time of asking. 

The Blades hit five at Brammall Lane against Bournemouth last Saturday and have since added former 5.5 million pound man Dave Kitson to their attacking unit.

However, Shirtliff will be aware that his side struck back three times that day, and have the capacioty to score goals.

Shirtliff will be hoping to both impress the Gigg Lane board by moving out of the relegation zone with a result at Brammall Lane.

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