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Sheffield United winger Matt Done is back in contention to face Manchester United in the FA Cup third round at Old Trafford after training ahead of the fixture following a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old missed the defeat to Peterborough United after limping out of the win over Bradford City with a problem and was expected to be a doubt for the trip to the Premier League giants.
However, after training on 7 January ahead of the game, Done is expected to be available for the Blades as they look to spring a surprise in the world's oldest domestic cup competition. The former Hibernian man has scored two goals in 11 appearances this term and is set for a chance to add to that tally.
"He is a Salford lad and will be desperate to play against Manchester United and he's trained this morning [7 January] and we will assess where we are with everybody in preparation for what will be a great game," Adkins said according to the Yorkshire Post. "We have one or two more with little niggles, but I am sure everyone is going to put themselves forward. Who wouldn't want to put themselves forward for Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup?"
The League One side have decent cup pedigree in recent years, having reached the semi-final of last season's Capital One Cup before being knocked-out by eventual runners-up Tottenham Hotspur.
Adkins's side have endured an inconsistent start to the season and currently lie in eighth in the third tier. But the United boss hopes his side can rise to the occasion this weekend and be the team to spring an annual surprise in the third round.
"There are three results on offer and we'll be more than delighted with two of them and obviously we have to go there with no fear," he said, according to the cub's official YouTube channel. "In reality on paper when you look at it, Manchester United riding high in the Premier League should beat a League One team.
"But as we all know we don't play on paper and the beauty of the FA Cup in the third round is there are always upsets; why can't it be us? Why can't we dream about that. We know it is going to be a massive challenge. It's the Theatre of Dreams, why can't we dream?
"We've had a good week on the training ground, everyone has a smile on their face and we have 8,500 supporters going. We want to be at venues like Old Trafford, Manchester United every week in the Premier League but that is a long, long way away.
"If we can't enjoy this moment when can we? Let's enjoy it, embrace the challenge because it is going to be a tough one we are well aware of that, enjoy the whole occasion and the opportunity we've got, that is how I look at it."