The Rafa Benitez Sheffield Wednesday Press Conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.
The United boss confirming that he will be missing at least three players at Hillsborough and maybe as many as five.
Rafa confirmed that DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark and Rolando Aarons are still not in a position to be involved.
Isaac Hayden missed Burton because of the after effects of making his comeback off the bench against Wigan, with Jack Colback missing Wednesday night with a fever. Rafa Benitez saying that it is still in the balance as to whether either/both of them will be in the squad against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Manager indicated that he also had sympathy for the job referees do after Wednesday’s fiasco, saying that he is used to being shouted at by players when reffing 5 a side game sin training.
Picking out man of the moment Matt Ritchie for special praise, Rafa praised the winger’s attitude and his attributes as a team player, one who brings others into the game.
First quotes from the Rafa Benitez Sheffield Wednesday Press Conference:
“Yedlin has trained today, Rolando has trained, but we don’t want to risk them until they are fully fit.
“The last two weeks Chancel has been training really well. I was pleased with him (against Burton).
“We have a lot of respect for referees, in 5 a side games in training I have been the referee…players shout at you.
“Matt Ritchie’s attitude is so good and he can also bring others into the game.
“Sheffield Wednesday are a good team. They know what you have to do to get points in this division.
“We have an important game to come and six games to play, so we can’t talk too much about the past.
“Sheffield Wednesday will be difficult – they were nearly promoted last season and have the same squad.
“The accounts and the Premier League…what we have to do (later maybe) doesn’t change what we have to do now (in the Championship).”
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