City boss previews Saturday's trip to Old TraffordNEIL Adams acknowledges that few would have predicted he and Ryan Giggs would be opposite each other in the managerial dugout this weekend.
The Canaries visit Manchester United in Saturday’s late kick-off looking to surprise the champions and come away with a result that will keep them out of the Premier League relegation places.
While Adams is taking charge of his third game as boss, the eyes of the wider football world will be on Giggs, who assumes the role for the first time since replacing David Moyes on an interim basis earlier in the week.
“It’s an interesting one! I don’t think many people would have predicted myself and Ryan Giggs standing in opposite dugouts at the start of the season,” he told Norwich City TV.
“It’s happened, whether it’s a good or bad for us we’ll see on Saturday. It’s one of those things that caught everybody by surprise I think, despite the poor season relatively speaking that United have had.
“You’re thinking about which players he might bring back in, which players he’s played with, and we’ve all seen the coaching staff he’s brought in, who will have the same values and philosophies and who came through under Sir Alex Ferguson.”
Despite admitting that the Old Trafford crowd are likely to be buoyed by seeing one their heroes in charge, Adams was bullish about his own team’s ambitions.
“You want to go there and win. I want to come away from Old Trafford with three points,” he added.
“We saw from the second half against Liverpool that it’s irrelevant whether you’re underdogs or not expected to win, it’s about you and how you go about your business.
“Manchester United have been a lot stronger in previous seasons. It’s not been a great season for them by any means. There’s never a nice time to go to Old Trafford though – you’re always going to be in for a tough game because of the calibre of players they’ve got.
“We’ll be ready for them, we know what they’re capable of but also I hope they’re concerned a little bit about what we can do as well.”
There was mixed news on the injury front ahead of the game, with Joseph Yobo ruled out with his calf problem but Elliott Bennett fit and available after completing another 90 minutes for the Under-21s.
“Elliott will be in the squad. He just needed games and I think he’s proved that. He’s played three and a half games for the Under-21s and he’s ready now.
“His knee is fine and all the medical people we spoke to say he’s ready if needs be, so we’re delighted for him.
“The kind of attitude he’s got and the kind of player he is, he’s one we need back and we’ll welcome him back into the squad.”