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Rangers' Maurice Edu aims to make Old Trafford impact


Rangers focused on Hamilton - Edu

Maurice Edu is hoping to make up for lost Champions League time against Manchester United on Tuesday.

"The Champions League is the best teams around the world and you always want to be involved in competitions like that," said the Rangers midfielder.

"I knew, coming to a club like Rangers, I would get that opportunity.

"Unfortunately, the first year we weren't involved and last year I missed out because of injury. Hopefully, I can play my part and really enjoy it."

Rangers face last season's English runners-up after a period of finance-dictated cutbacks in their playing staff despite retaining their title in Scotland.

But Edu, who played for the United States in the World Cup finals this summer, thinks the Glasgow side should not be overawed by United's star-studded line-up in the Group C opener.

The Old Trafford game is obviously going to be exciting and we're all looking forward to that

Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu

"You've got to go into games believing in yourselves," said the 24-year-old. "If you don't then you've already lost half the battle.

"If you mention Manchester United around the world, everybody knows about the club and the history there and how good their team is.

"But we're going to go there and try and get something out of the game.

"We'll all be up for that game and aim for a positive result and come back with something."

Edu thinks there is more pressure on Rangers as they look to extend their 100% start to the season against Hamilton Accies on Saturday than against United.

"I think those games where you go in as the favourite are sometimes more difficult than the game where you are the underdog," he said.

"There's a lot of pressure on you to go out and win that game because everyone expects that.

"People sell the other team short a little bit by making you the favourite.

"For the team that's the underdog, that adds a little bit of fuel to their fire, to turn heads, prove people wrong and show people that they deserve to be on the same pitch as the favourites.

"Every opponent's going to be different and, in some ways, you go about the game a little bit differently, but your mentality should be the same.

"You should go out there, leave it all out on the pitch and do everything within your power to try to win the game."

However, Edu insists the team's sole focus is on Saturday's match.

"The Old Trafford game is obviously going to be exciting and we're all looking forward to that," he said.

"But, at the same time, you've got to take care of business before that.

"We're not looking past this game this weekend - that's our focus right now.

"After that game, we'll turn our attention to the game at Old Trafford."

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