Knudsen could fulfill a dream if he plays at Old Trafford tonight

Jonas Knudsen battles with David Cotterill

Jonas Knudsen battles with David Cotterill - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Jonas Knudsen will be the envy of his friends and family if he runs out at Old Trafford this evening – but there is one man who might not be 100% behind the Blues in Manchester.

The Dane will be hoping to be included in Mick McCarthy’s side for the Capital One Cup third round tie against Manchester United, which would see him fulfil the dreams of millions of Red Devils fans around the world.

One of those overseas supporters is the father of his girlfriend, Trine, who follows Louis van Gaal’s side from his Danish home, with Knudsen not quite sure how he would react if the Blues pull off a surprise win.

The full-back has always dreamt of running out at some of England’s biggest grounds, given the Premier League’s popularity in his homeland, and is delighted to have been able to fulfil his ambition so soon after arriving in this country.

“I never thought I’d play there and I always thought how crazy it is to go into this stadium and play,” he said.

“There are a lot of people in Denmark who follow Manchester United and my girlfriend’s dad is a big United fan.

“I’m not sure how he’d feel if we beat them.

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“He thought it was crazy when I told him we would be playing against United, it’s unbelievable and one of the biggest games in my career.

“When I came into this stadium (Portman Road) for the first time this was crazy too because it was very loud and with songs before the match, but of course Manchester United is a massive club who everyone looks at as one of the biggest in the world.”

While the hosts go into the game as favourites, the Danish full-back believes the Blues have a chance if they play to their best.

“I’m looking forward to it and we have a chance if we play like we do in the last few games,” he said.

“I hope we play well and take our chances. We have to have respect for them because they have some very good players, a first 11 and then probably 11 more after that, but we’ll be going there to win.”

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