In light of a disappointing week in the league, Iain Dowie will not want his players getting too obsessed about next month's visit to Man United in the Carling Cup, writes Yann Tear.
He knows the more important task of accumulating Championship points - and making up for the eight dropped in the last three games - are the priority.
But looming after the next seven league games is a night that could stand out as one of the biggest highlights in recent seasons.
Dowie has been here before, of course. Just a season ago he took Coventry City to Old Trafford in the same competition and emerged a winner.
It would be some double if he could repeat the trick as boss of Rangers.
Statistically, there is not much to suggest the Carling Cup fourth round tie will be anything other than a routine win for Alex Ferguson's team - even if he decides to rest his best players.
The Rs have only beaten United once in the last 16 clashes and only six times in 46 encounters.
They have never beaten the champions in a cup tie and have failed to win on any of their other 23 visits to Manchester - a run of results that includes an 8-1 thrashing up there in March 1969.
Also, Rangers have lost all four of the FA Cup clashes between the teams, although two of those defeats came after they had forced a replay. And this will be the first League Cup meeting between the sides. But if there is a crumb of comfort it surely comes with the memory of that only win in those last 16 encounters.
It was one of the club's most famous victories of all time when a Dennis Bailey hat-trick brought an astonishing 4-1 victory at the Theatre of Dreams on New Year's Day 1992.
Perhaps the memory of that triumph will spur the Rs to a repeat.
"Without a doubt, that game was the highlight of my career," recalled Bailey (inset) of the match.
"I was fortunate enough to be part of a really good QPR side that played quality attacking football.
"Even so, we went to Old Trafford as underdogs and people were saying we would lose by three or four goals.
"United were unbeaten at home, chasing the championship and the whole country expected them to win. But the Rangers team clicked together that day and we could have scored six or seven. And for me to get a hat-trick made it a great occasion for myself and the club."
Andy Sinton was the other Rangers scorer that day. United's goal came from Brian McClair and their team included Paul Ince and Mark Hughes. Ian Holloway and Roy Wegerle were among the Rs heroes.