When Sunderland travel to Old Trafford tonight, everybody will be expecting Manchester United to overcome the 1-2 first-leg defeat and Sunderland coach, Gus Poyet, says all the pressure is on their opponents.
The Sunderland manager believes the Capital One Cup match is a must win one for the Red Devils and their under-fire manager, David Moyes.
“Everybody in the world will be expecting them to win, but because of that, there’s more pressure on them,” said Poyet.
“If somebody needs to win, then of course it’s Manchester United.
“It could be a must win for them because it’s a possibility to win a trophy, it’s a possibility of beating their biggest rivals Manchester City to win a trophy. It’s an important game for Manchester United for sure.
Sunderland have not won at Old Trafford since 1968 and have been in the bottom three virtually the whole season, but Poyet believes a win tonight could change the season for either of the two sides.
“We’re not going to go there to feel sorry for them, we are going to go there and do our job,” Poyet added.
“In normal conditions, if Manchester United were in the top four or top two and we were mid table, it would probably be a bigger game for us, it would be massive and a unique opportunity.
“Now, because of where we are in the league and what’s happening in the league it makes it quite a strange game.
“Both teams have a chance to win and change the course of their season.”
The League Cup could be Man United’s only realistic chance to end Moyes’ first season with silverware after taking over “the most difficult job in the world after Sir Alex left,” according to Poyet.
“David deserves credit because he took the most difficult job in the world after Sir Alex left.
“It’s a big change, and it’s not like when you change managers at any other club after two or three years.
“I hope he’s given time to change things around because he deserves that for what he’s done at Everton.”
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