One of the biggest clubs in the world arrive at Madejski Stadium on Saturday - but for Brian McDermott, his focus will remain the same.
When the Royals boss was asked in his pre-match press conference what got him out of bed in the morning, his answer was clear.
"Winning," he said. "Winning games drives me. We won a game against Everton the other day, against a fantastic team, a great manager and that really, really inspires me. It's about pitting your wits against the best managers in the world, the best teams in the world – last year we won the Championship, the year before we had got to the play-off final and lost it. It drove me to achieve. Once you've achieved something you want to move on and do it again.
"Three years ago we were second from bottom of the Championship, and staring League One in the face. Three years later, after 13 games in the Barclays Premier League we've got nine points and we're getting ready to play Manchester United on a Saturday afternoon. I think all of our fans would have taken that. All we’re trying to do is to go forward in the best possible way that we can. We want to build on that, and play at this level. You get judged by results, there’s no doubt about that - and we’ve been the making of our own undoing at times, which we need to address – every team in the country goes through that at some stage."
McDermott also believes there's plenty of inspiration to be taken from a clash with the Red Devils.
"When you look at the fixtures, this is obviously one of the first games that fans look for. We’re looking forward to it. That’s why you’re in football, that’s why we were going away from home last season, winning 1-0, getting on the coach and thinking about where we could end up. This is where we’ve arrived.
"Manchester United, the name itself, is synonymous with everything that’s good in football. You look at the key nucleus of their squad in recent years; Scholes, Neville, Giggs – they were all there for a long time. Those types of players are vital in what they’re trying to do, and then they bring on the younger players too. That philosophy of the group is something we have always aimed to achieve."