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MANAGER: Different type of challenge

11 August 2014

Graham Kavanagh ahead of the visit of Derby County

Manager Graham Kavanagh spoke to us about the Monday night visit of Derby County in the Capital One Cup.

“We’ve done a lot of recovery work over the course of yesterday and today to make sure we are ready to go for what will be a tough test against Derby,” he said. “I watched them play Rangers last weekend and they pass the ball really well. 

“They all seem to be enjoying their work and they have responded to the way they are being asked to play by Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson, who have both done a magnificent job. 

“It’s a different type of challenge for us, but one we can look forward to, because it’s a great opportunity for us to pit our wits against one of the best sides in the Championship.”

“I’m definitely going to make changes,” he confirmed. “We need to have freshness about us on Monday night and hopefully we’ll give a good account of ourselves. 

“It’s an opportunity for the players to showcase their talents and I think it’s vitally important for them to grasp it with both hands. It’s line on TV and we haven’t done particularly well on Sky recently, for whatever reason. Hopefully we’ll put that right.

“If we can reproduce what we did in the second half on Saturday I have no doubt we’ll be causing Derby some problems.”

And the United boss confirmed that his options are open with the August transfer window still in full swing.

“I think I’ll be looking to add to the squad all the way through this window, and beyond,” he said. “I’m not sure if anything will happen at this stage but, if better options come up in any area of the pitch, we would have to take a look at it. 

“We will always be looking to improve and, if we can do something, we will.”

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