Rob Page has revealed he prohibited all talk of Northampton Town's EFL Cup clash with Manchester United after the draw was made.
The Cobblers host Jose Mourinho's United at the Sixfields Stadium in the third round of the league cup on Wednesday meaning they can now finally discuss the upcoming match against the Premier League giants.
Page said he has wanted his players to focus on Northampton's League One run since the draw came out around four weeks ago and is now hoping to bounce back from a first defeat in 32 matches after going down to Chesterfield on the weekend.
Of the United fixture, Page told Sky Sports: "We've been looking forward to this fixture since the draw was made.
"As a player, coach or manager this is why you play the game. You want to be involved in big games against the biggest sides and this game certainly falls into that category.
"But I banned the players from talking about it as we had to focus on the league game in hand.
"I didn't want to take the focus off the league campaign and we've had two wins since the draw was made and some great results in the league, which has been our focus.
"We've got the weekend out of the way now. It was a disappointing result for us so we need to put things right from the weekend and get back the aspects of our game that were missing, which we've had for most of the other matches so far this season.
"We need to make sure we've addressed it ready for Wednesday because, whatever side Manchester United put out, it will be very difficult for us."