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PUBLISHED: 16:42 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14:  Lee Cook of Queens Park Rangers delivers a cross into the box during the Coca Cola Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Southampton at Loftus Road on September 14, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14: Lee Cook of Queens Park Rangers delivers a cross into the box during the Coca Cola Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Southampton at Loftus Road on September 14, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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AS a youngster, Lee Cook was so desperate to see QPR win at Old Trafford that he discharged himself early from hospital. The nine-year-old Cook's dreams came true as Rangers annihilated Manchester United 4-1...

By Ben Kosky

AS a youngster, Lee Cook was so desperate to see QPR win at Old Trafford that he discharged himself early from hospital.

The nine-year-old Cook's dreams came true as Rangers annihilated Manchester United 4-1 - now the winger wants to recreate that memorable New Year's Day after the Carling Cup draw set up a rematch.

"I had a bad asthma attack that night, when Dennis Bailey got a hat-trick, and I was in hospital," Cook recalled.

"But they let me out a little earlier than they probably should have done because I said 'I want to watch the match at home with my family'.

"I've never played against United, but that's what I remember most about Old Trafford and it'd be nice to go and beat them again, wouldn't it? Imagine that, if we could get a result.

"I was at home watching the draw, about 10 minutes before I had to leave the house and get to Loftus Road for the Derby game and the missus was in the other room.

"I went mad, I jumped out screaming and she shouted 'what is it?'. I shouted back 'We've got Man United at Old Trafford, I can't believe it!' - I was just buzzing.

"Within two minutes I had about 10 missed calls on my phone, but I couldn't answer them because I had to get ready and leave."

Dennis Bailey's glorious treble in 1992 earned Rangers what remains their only victory at Old Trafford - and next month's tie will be the first time the sides have met since the Rs' relegation from the Premiership in 1996.

But last week's third round success at Villa Park has strengthened the self-belief in the QPR camp and Cook certainly does not believe the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

"I think we can go up there and give them a decent game," he added. "It's a case of going there and enjoying it.

"Old Trafford is the biggest ground in the country, so to play there is something we're all going to enjoy. Say there are 60,000-70,000, playing in front of them is going to give us an extra kick.

"You never know what kind of team United are going to play, but we want to put on a good performance. I was hoping to draw Chelsea, but if we were going to get a big side, this is the best we could have hoped for."

That sentiment was echoed by Rangers boss Iain Dowie, who stunned the Red Devils when he guided Coventry to victory at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup last season.

"If you're going to have a big one, you might as well have the biggest," said Dowie. "You've got to have a very good day, any time you go there - I just hope I haven't made them too angry last time."

The fourth round tie is due to take place on November 11 or 12.


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