Jake Buxton will tell his Burton Albion teammates not to be overawed by the occasion ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round clash with Manchester United.
The Brewers' skipper - who is sharing the duty with club captain Shaun Barker this season - was part of the Wigan Athletic side that lost 4-0 to Jose Mourinho's side in the FA Cup in January, alongside fellow Albion defender Stephen Warnock.
The pair could both feature as Burton make their first trip to Old Trafford since 2006 this week, looking to upset the odds on a greater scale than the successes which have helped them to thrive in the Championship over the past 13 months.
And just as Albion have proved themselves equal to some of the second tier's biggest clubs in recent months, Buxton says a clash with the Premier League giants should hold no fear for his side.
Reflecting on Wigan's defeat earlier this year, when they held United until a minute before the break, he said: "We did all right until half-time, and then they went up a gear in the second half.
"Don't let the occasion get to you. It's an opportunity to go and punch with the big boys.
"That's what we want to do - try to stand toe-to-toe and have a right go at them.
"I've said before, it's the same at Villa Park. Villa Park is an unbelievable occasion for the lads.
"And when we play at Pride Park, it's exactly the same approach, the same mentality we do with those big games."
United thrashed Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Romelu Lukaku notching against his former club by hitting the Red Devils' third on the day.
His summer move to United cost an initial fee of around £75m, approximately £74.5m more than Liam Boyce's record transfer to the Brewers.
But despite the money spent on United's squad and the quality of player Burton will come up against in midweek - whatever side Mourinho puts out - Buxton will not be letting it affect a clash that is ultimately 11 v 11.
"We all started at the same place," he added.
"We all started on the rec, we all started with muddy boots that are two sizes too big for us and stuff like that.
"It just rolls and rolls and then you find yourself playing in front of 60,000 or 70,000 against the same lad who started on the rec with you.
"It's up to us to have a right go, use our brains.
"But more so, use our heart and make sure we stay in the tie for as long as we can and come off without leaving anything on the pitch."