LIFELONG Sheffield United supporter Micky Adams will look to “prove a point” when he returns to Bramall Lane this weekend, defender Matt Hill has claimed.
The 51-year-old left Port Vale to manage the Blades nearly two years ago but won just four of his 24 matches in charge as the club were relegated from the Championship. Having failed to keep the team up, United axed Adams, who went back to Vale Park.
Now Adams is preparing to renew acquaintances with the Blades for the first time since his sacking as the Valiants, who are in second position in League Two, travel to South Yorkshire for a second round FA Cup tie.
But United left-back Hill, who has recently recovered from a hamstring problem, recognises Adams’ return adds extra spice to the occasion.
“We know they are going to be fired up,” Hill told The Star. “They are flying high and doing really well.
“They have got a player who is on fire (Tom Pope) and scoring plenty of goals so that’s one thing we will be wary about.
“They have got the former United manager who himself, personally, is going to be more fired up and getting the boys up for it because he probably wants to prove a point with his team.
“Regardless of it being Micky or another manager, we are finding teams who come to our place are all raising their games because we are a big club and want to beat us.”
Adams is convinced he would have got United promoted had he been given longer to turn things around.
But he stressed: “I don’t bear or hold grudges. I just move on.”
Vale have sold more than 3,000 tickets for Saturday’s fixture. United have slashed ticket prices for the tie. Adults are priced at £10 and £5 concessions.