Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor believes that playing against big teams and world-class players is one of the highlights of being a professional footballer.
After the Magpies' undefeated run was abruptly ended by Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, Newcastle now face second placed Manchester United this Saturday.
The Toon will also play Chelsea the following weekend but while the next three fixtures could not be any tougher, Taylor cannot wait to play against the Premier League's best teams.
"This is why you want to be a professional footballer - to play in the big games and to be involved against the best players in the world," Taylor said.
"Manchester United have some world class players, like Wayne Rooney for example. What a player he is, but we've just got to be able to deal with it.
"The pressure will be on them and not us. We're going to go there and enjoy our football and try and improve on what we did at Man City.
"That was a test of what's to come and we did well, despite the defeat - but I think we can get better. Before the game we set out what we wanted to do and didn't get to do that.
"But we'll look back at Saturday's game and try to improve, and put those things right."