MANCHESTER United may be suffering their worst even Premiership season (six defeats in 20 games) and sit in seventh place, but if the season ended now, it would still match Sunderland’s best ever season – how depressing is that!
However, this is the cup and anything can happen, just ask Jose Mourinho.
Other than hoping that we can keep the tie meaningful for the second leg, I would urge Poyet to field his usual 4-5-1 formation. Several players will return after Sunday’s FA Cup victory including Bardsley and Giaccherini, but Ba and Watmore have demonstrated that the Black Cats should give some of their fringe players a chance.
Given United’s shock Sunday FA Cup defeat, David Moyes will be expected to at least get to Wembley or he will come under increasing pressure, especially as City seem primed to take their top slot in the domestic game. Hence, I expect him to field a strong side as silverware beckons.
Sunderland haven’t beaten United in their last 23 games, but as our recent result against Everton proved, records are there to be broken.
Prediction: Sunderland 1 Man Utd 1