Phillips: United don't scare us

KEVIN PHILLIPS insists newly-promoted Birmingham City have nothing to fear when they open their new Premier League account with a visit to Manchester United on Sunday.<br /><br />Veteran striker Phillips, 36, is back in the top-flight after a two-year absence having won back-to-back promotions with West Brom and then the Blues.<br /><br />His reward is a daunting opening weekend trip to Old Trafford, but the former Sunderland and Watford hitman believes the pressure will be on the champions to make a solid start.<br /><br />Phillips said: &ldquo;For me, the first game of the season is a good start for us. Everyone says &lsquo;oh, Manchester United away&rsquo; but I&rsquo;d rather it be that than Wolves at home because the pressure would then be straight on you. We go to Old Trafford and there&rsquo;s no pressure on us, no-one gives us hope in hell&rsquo;s chance. Newcastle went there last year and nicked a 1-1 draw, Reading the year before as well.&rdquo;<br /><br />Survival is surely the name of the game for boss Alex McLeish this year, but Phillips believes the team have what it takes to enjoy a successful season. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve definitely got the players it&rsquo;s just about trying to find that formation, that consistency, and settling down, which I&rsquo;m sure will happen.&rdquo;