Warnock: Boro in false position
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock insists he will not be underestimating Middlesbrough.
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock insists he will not be underestimating Middlesbrough at the weekend, despite the North East club's poor start to the season.
Fledgling Boro boss Gareth Southgate has enjoyed a nightmare baptism to football management, as he has overseen just one victory thus far this term and has seen his side crash out of the Carling Cup to League Two outfit Notts County.
United themselves have not had the best of starts either, with their return to The Premiership seeing them sit at the bottom of the table, with just two points and without a victory from six games.
Warnock admits he always expected it to be tough for his players in the top flight but he is of the opinion that for an underperforming Boro, it may be somewhat of a culture shock at the wrong end of the table.
"I think Middlesbrough, no disrespect to ourselves, would be looking to be in the top eight," he told Sky Sports News.
"I think they find themselves in a strange position. Sometimes it's not easy down there when you are not used to it.
"I think everybody expected us to be in the bottom eight group of teams, whereas with Middlesbrough it's a bit different.
"They are expecting to be around the top eight so expectations are high.
"I hope they have another off day on Saturday."
Meanwhile, influential Blades midfielder Michael Tonge has returned to light training after an ankle injury.
Tonge is unlikely to be available for the weekend but is thought to be making excellent progress from the knock that has kept him out of United's last two league games.