Port Vale: Adams can return with head held high, says Wilson
DANNY Wilson says Micky Adams has nothing to prove on his return to Bramall Lane.
Adams left Vale Park to take up the reins at the Blades in December 2010.
But his time at the helm of the South Yorkshire club he's supported all his life did not go to plan.
United were already struggling badly when previous boss Gary Speed left to take the Wales job. It was a sinking ship which eventually proved too difficult to save.
They dropped into League One at the end of the season and Adams was sacked after only five months in charge.
Wilson, the man chosen to replace him, has since sparked a change in fortunes, but knows his team can expect a tough tie tomorrow afternoon.
"It will be especially difficult for us because Micky is there," said Wilson.
"After picking up the reins from him here, I know how tough his job was.
"He comes back here with nothing to prove and quite rightly so, but I'm sure he'll be very determined.
"Port Vale have been doing well and playing against any team who have confidence is always tough, but we're not short of confidence either."
Wilson insists United, who have won just once in five league games to slip from second to fourth in League One, are approaching the tie in the right way.
"We're taking this game very seriously, not least because there's potentially a very big prize at stake," he said.
"Knowing Micky as I do, he'll say exactly the same.
"This is a one-off game. It's all about rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever it takes to come through.
"Everyone sides with the underdogs in the FA Cup and neutrals will be wanting Port Vale to put us out.
"But we have to deal with that the same as we always do and just get on with it."
Left-back Matt Hill is another who recognises Adams's return adds extra spice to the occasion.
"We know they're going to be fired up," he said.
"They are flying high and they have the former United manager who will get his boys up for it.
"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 they all want to beat us.
"But we will just have to deal with that."