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Osborn focused on imminent return

4 June 2020

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Ben Osborn believes the imminent resumption of the Premier League offers the Blades an opportunity to make a very good first season back in the top-flight into a special one.

And the 25-year-old, who is encouraged by the low numbers of positive tests for Covid-19 in recent weeks since team's returned to training, is optimistic of United's chances when the action gets back underway later this month.

He began: "The number of positive tests hasn't been too high in the Premier League. We were expecting, especially in the first set of results, the number would be quite high because nobody had a clue if they'd got it or not. Especially after the latest results, where nobody has got it, it does reassure you.

"I think that's why everyone has come back in good shape, raring to go, knowing we've got to commit ourselves for two more months. We know it's going to be non-stop games, no time to see friends or family, that's what I'm telling myself anyway.

"There is two months of pure football. We will focus and give it a right go and I think everyone is on the right page and is determined.

"It's a unique situation, so we don't know how teams or players are going to react, if there is any advantage to gain from this, then we're going to be the ones that benefit. We've just got to do everything we can to try to be in good physical condition, with a good mindset and be able to adapt to the situation."

And speaking of his first season as a Blade, the versatile performer says he has genuinely been blown away by all aspects of the Club, from top to bottom.

Osborn added: "It's been an eye opener, with some great experiences. First of all, being involved in a Premier League set up, but just the way the team has taken to it, we haven't looked out of place in any game this season, there's a real togetherness.

"Obviously working with the Gaffer and Knilly, the staff here are second to none, you can tell they've been working together for years. It's been really good, a learning curve for me and hopefully it can continue.

"It's a Club with a culture, and that can only be developed over a period of time. You can tell they've been together for two or three years, the nucleus of the squad, the staff often talk about League One moments, or pivotal points in the Championship season.

"You have to work as hard as you possibly can in training, training is the same tempo as a game. Every club says that, it's a massive cliché, but it's definitely not like that at some clubs and here it is.

"The Gaffer sets the standard and it's managed in the dressing room as well, because the lads are desperate to do well. They've worked their whole careers to get to the Premier League, and they don't want this to be a one off."


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