Neil Adams wants his Norwich City players to join him in an exclusive club against Manchester United
07:00 26 April 2014
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Neil Adams is challenging his Norwich City players to join him in an exclusive club in Saturday’s Premier League test at Manchester United.
Adams scored a famous winner for Oldham in 1993 which boosted the Latics’ own Premier League survival hopes. Oldham won their last three matches of the season to survive on goal difference and Adams insists the Canaries can draw inspiration in their own battle to beat the drop and wreck interim boss Ryan Giggs’ big day in the process.
“I once went three days without watching it. It was a big goal at the time,” joked Adams. “When you score against Manchester United in a 1-0 win you never tend to forget it. It was a year United won the league but we managed to beat them at Oldham.
“It was a header and I was pleased with it. I rose like a salmon and out-jumped (Steve) Bruce and (Gary) Pallister and (Peter) Schmeichel. I got a few headers but that one was about three yards out and we would take one of those at United.
“I haven’t spoken specifically to the squad about the experience of beating relegation. We try to focus on what is required in each game and it will take people who do not wilt under pressure or shy away from the ball.”
Adams is convinced belief will not be an issue at Old Trafford with many of his squad involved in last season’s Carrow Road Premier League win against the Red Devils.
“We believe we can have a good go and if we have players who have beaten Manchester United before that is a beneficial experience,” he said. “It helps most of them have played at Old Trafford and they know what to expect in terms of atmosphere and conditions.
“Manchester United would tell you themselves they should be up there challenging for leagues, but they have not had a great season and that is why the circumstances have changed this week.”