Dundee United manager Micky Mellon will be cheering on Tranmere Rovers this afternoon when they take on Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy final.

Mellon joined United from Tranmere in the summer, with the club currently fifth in League Two down south. They face Sunderland at Wembley as both sides look for silverware, the Black Cats favourites to win.

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Sunderland face Tranmere at Wembley this afternoon. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

But Mellon is hopeful that his former side can shock Sunderland and bring the trophy home: “I will be watching it. You talk about giants, Tranmere is a club in the shadows of Liverpool and Everton in terms of size but you should count the number of Wembley appearances that they have had compared to the big two. It is incredible.

They seem to get there an awful lot and to get there again is brilliant. I am really pleased for the fans, the owners and everybody connected to the club. I will be supporting them with my Dundee United tracksuit on. I hope they get a positive result, I really do.

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“There are still a lot of my players there and I know Keith Hill the manager and all the staff he has got there. They were all my staff. I know everybody from the chef to the groundsman. Most of them were there when I was a player and some I played with.

The Dundee United boss is hoping for success.

The Dundee United boss is hoping for success. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

“They are a unique club and people just seem to work for them and show great loyalty to the club. I hope they go and do it.”

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