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Kris Commons is hoping Derby can revel in their role as underdogs during their Carling Cup clash with Manchester United.

The Rams face the reigning Premier League champions in the first leg of their semi-final contest at Pride Park on Wednesday.

Few have given Derby a hope of reaching Wembley, with the Red Devils expected to ease their way into the March showpiece.

However, Commons believes the Rams have nothing to fear heading into the game as all the pressure will be on their opponents to put on an eye-catching performance.

"We want to go to Old Trafford still in with a fighting chance," the Scotland international said in the Daily Star.

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"The last thing you want is to go there three or four goals down because that's what a lot of people imagine is going to happen.

"But we really will be giving it a go and what we're hoping for is to get off to a good start, get the crowd behind us and try to make it a tough night for United.

He added: "No doubt United will have their hotel for Wembley booked already but we're ready for this and, personally, I can't wait to play against some of the best players in the world, no matter what team they put out.

"It's great to test yourself against players like Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"There's no pressure on us - all the pressure is on them because most people give us no hope."