It may be the biggest draw in the club’s history, but MK Dons boss Karl Robinson is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after his side were draw against Manchester United in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
After the 3-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night, Dons drew Louis van Gaal’s United at stadium:mk in the game on Tuesday August 27.
But before Dons can fully focus on their moment in the spotlight, they have three League 1 games to contend with.
Although the bright lights of the draw might distract from the bread and butter of league action, Robinson knows what he’d rather look back on a promotion campaign than a thriller against the Red Devils.
He said: “We’re looking forward to it, but I haven’t got carried away with much this season, so it’s not something I can get too excited about yet.
“Maybe at the end of the season, if we’ve achieved our goals, we can look back at the Player of the Year awards with fond memories of.
“We have a massive 14 day period now, so we have to keep pur feet firmly on the ground and motivated for them.
“I wish we could sit back and enjoy these moments, but we haven’t got time.”
While Robinson’s feet remain on terra firma though, he acknowledges that it is set to become one of the biggest occasions in the club’s 10 year history.
He said: “We’re over the moon with the draw. It’s going to put Milton Keynes on the map, and hopefully we’ll get 30,000 in there.
“It’ll be great for the people of MK to see one of the greatest football clubs of all time here. It’s a tremendous testament to us that we’re able to do that.
“The reason football came to Milton Keynes was to create a dynasty of MK Dons fans. It was built for big occasions, and it doesn’t come much bigger than Manchester United at stadium:mk for a competitive game.
“Sometimes you have to pinch yourself when you see the two badges alongside each other.”
For most of the young Dons squad, the game looks set to become the biggest of their careers so far.
And that’s something Robinson hopes will help them perform in the games against Peterborough, Chesterfield and Crawley to cement themselves in the first team for the visit of United.
Robinson said: “It should be something which motivates them - if they want to play in that game, they need to perform in games before.
“I’ve said all along, the cup was never my aim this season. I wanted to get through, but the league is our main objective.
“It’s weird - we’re only playing our second league game, but we’ve had two of the biggest stories in our history, beating AFC and then drawing Manchester United in the cup.”