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Mendez-Laing hails Wilson impact

Teenage winger feels fans are getting on board with new boss

Last Updated: 05/09/11 9:40am

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing believes the Sheffield United boo-boys are starting to warm up to manager Danny Wilson after a flying start to the season.

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Wilson's appointment at Bramall Lane this summer was met with a hostile reception from some Blades fans because of his association with their hated neighbours.

However, the manager has made an early impact at the South Yorkshire club, with United unbeaten so far this season having secured five wins and a draw from their opening six games to go joint-top of League One.

On target

Winger Mendez-Laing, on loan from Wolves, was on target at the weekend as the Blades dismantled Bury 4-0.

And the 19-year-old, who spent last season helping Peterborough earn promotion to the Championship via the play-offs, believes Wilson has already started to turn things around.

He told the Daily Mirror: "We've all started to play well now and the fans are seeing that. They've all started to get off Danny Wilson's back.

"They are liking the football we are playing and are taking to him. They are starting to enjoy coming to our games again.

"It's early days but we should have no problem getting out of this league.

"We've all started to play well now and the fans are seeing that. They've all started to get off Danny Wilson's back. "
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing Quotes of the week

"We're off to a better start than last season when I was at Peterborough. We have a better side here, we're scoring and defending well.

"Danny's a great manager. He's easy to get on with, gets involved and has a laugh. When it comes to games and serious times he knows what he is doing."

Wilson, who also previously managed local rivals Barnsley, insists he is unconcerned by the fans' opinion of him as long as the Blades are getting the right results.

"It doesn't matter about myself, it's about the team and winning games," he said. "It doesn't matter if people like me or dislike me, it's not a problem."


Wilson was delighted to keep Stephen Quinn at the club this summer after United reportedly turned down a bid for the midfielder from Blackpool on transfer deadline day.

Quinn was named man-of-the-match against Bury on Saturday but the manager believes the 25-year-old Irishman was not firing on all cylinders.

He added: "It wasn't his best game. He played very well but it showed the standards we have for him.

"I'd have been absolutely gutted if he'd have left."

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