Middlesbrough will face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is looking forward to pitting his wits against Louis van Gaal on Wednesday.
Boro face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the League Cup fourth round and will be cheered on by some 10,000 away fans at the Theatre of Dreams.
Last year, in the same competition Boro, were only knocked out after taking Liverpool to penalties and the Championship promotion hopefuls would love to go one better this term.
And Karanka is relishing the opportunity to test himself against one of the best bosses in the business.
“I played against van Gaal’s team when he was in Barcelona and Jose was his assistant but we have never met for a chat and I don’t really know him,” Karanka told his pre-match press conference, covered by the Manchester Evening News.
“But Jose told me all about his CV, his trophies and his career and he is a top, top manager.
“He is an interesting coach and he is particularly interesting for me because I have learned with Jose and Jose learned from van Gaal. I took the lessons from Jose so I feel I have learned from van Gaal too.
“Jose always speaks very well of van Gaal and he said that he learned a lot from him when he worked with him.
“He said he has mixed things like everybody to make himself better. Everybody has to take the good things from relationship and he considers van Gaal really positively.
“I am my own manager but as I learn I would like to think I have taken positive things from strong relationships I’ve had.”
Karanka has also moved to bolster his midfield with the signing of Manchester City's Bruno Zuculini on an initial month-long loan.
The highly-rated 22-year-old has arrived for a short-term stint stay at The Riverside to cover injuries to Adam Forshaw and Albert Adomah, and potential suspensions with Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton both just one booking away from being banned.
The Argentine Under-20 international has never played for City since arriving from Racing Club in 2014, instead spending time on loan in Spain's top-flight with Valencia and Cordoba.