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Home comforts for Harry

15 January 2014

Harry Maguire is looking forward to Saturday's first home league fixture of 2014, when Yorkshire rivals Bradford City visit the Lane.

Despite the excellent FA Cup success at Aston Villa, the Blades have suffered consecutive away defeats in Sky Bet League One and United's imposing central defender believes the weekend's clash against Phil Parkinson's Bantams will be a typical derby encounter.

Maguire remarked: "It will be nice to get back to Bramall Lane after three away games on the bounce.

"I am sure our supporters, who have backed us in unbelievable numbers away from home this season, will be out in force for this crucial match and the players know it is a game we need to win to avoid getting sucked back into trouble.

"We really want to be able to start looking up the table rather than over our shoulders, but for that to happen we have to string two or three victories together quickly."

The opponents get no smaller for Maguire, who has marked Christian Benteke and Enoch Showunmi in recent weeks. This weekend is likely to see United's number five go toe-to-toe with City marksman James Hanson, but it is another battle the 20-year-old is relishing.

He added: "He is one of the most effective strikers in the division, a real handful and a difficult opponent to face, but I enjoy a physical battle.

"The way we defended at Villa gave me a lot of confidence, personally, and thankfully Bradford won't have Nahki Wells to call upon at the weekend, but nevertheless we will have to be at our best to get a much needed win."

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