Sheffield Wednesday have been warned that Capital One Cup opponents Newcastle are not only intent on beating the Owls, but winning the competition.
United have been criticised in the past for not taking knock-out tournaments seriously with owner Mike Ashley accused of just wanting to ensure his club maintained their Premier League status.
However, ahead of Wednesday night's third round League Cup tie at St James' Park, defender Daryl Janmaat, who scored his first goal for the club in the weekend defeat to Watford, says there is a strong focus among the current squad to excel in the cups and bridge a 60 year gap since the Toon Army last celebrated silverware success.
“We can do well in the Capital One Cup but you need a bit of luck with the draw," he told the Evening Chronicle.
“It is a big opportunity this season. The club want to win prizes and the cup is a big prize. We have to prepare right and go for it.
“The cup goes quickly and we could be in the final 16 if we win against Sheffield Wednesday.”