Nigel Adkins takes his side to Old Trafford on Saturday evening to face Premier League giants Manchester United.

The Blades boss addressed the media on Thursday afternoon to talk about the game and his side’s chances of causing an upset against one of England’s most iconic clubs.

Spirits are high in the Blades camp ahead of the clash and both Adkins and his squad believe that they have a chance of going to Old Trafford and securing a result against a Manchester United team who are facing much criticism at the current time.

Here are four of the key quotes from Nigel Adkins ahead of the weekend’s fixture:

On the opposition:

“Manchester United should beat Sheffield United as it stands at the moment, Premier League team against a League One team, it’s a 90 minute game of football…who knows what is going to go and happen. We have got to believe that we can go and do something, we are well aware of the massive threat that Manchester United possess, some fantastic players, an outstanding manager, unbelievable crowd, the theatre of dreams and we’ve got to go there and we’ve got to dream about, why can’t we dream about it?” 

On the atmosphere surrounding his squad ahead of the game: 

“I think it’s been good, we had some of the media guys down this morning, the mood in the camp is good, you should be excited about the opportunity of playing Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday. Like I said it’s all to play for and the mood in the camp has been good, excited, obviously we know the challenges, Manchester United are a good footballing side, it’s Manchester United, we should go there really looking forward to the challenge and the build-up through the course of the week has been good.” 

On over 8500 Sheffield United fans making the trip:

“It’s going to be great, and again we’re really looking forward to it and we want to give them something to cheer about. We know it’s going to be tough when we haven’t got the ball, we’re going to have to defend really well and again a side like Manchester United who have been known for being really good in possession…likewise we want to see if we can give ourselves an opportunity to score, we’ve scored regularly this season so we need to make sure we give ourselves an opportunity to do that.”

On pressure mounting on Louis Van Gaal: 

“Listen, football’s football isn’t it, it’s not for me to talk about other football managers, it’s just the fact of life of what football management is, you’ve just got to get on with it. I’m looking forward to meeting him, massive respect, he’s got an unbelievable career when you look at it and if I can have a conversation with him I’d be delighted to, but as we all know it’s a game of football and everyone’s just going to think about winning the game of football.” 


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