Poyet: Squeaky bum time as Sunderland head to Manchester United

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GUS Poyet heads to Manchester United tomorrow admitting that it is squeaky-bum time at the bottom of the Premier League.

Depending on which way results go, Sunderland could be all but mathematically safe by Saturday evening, or bottom of the table again.

And Poyet admits that every Premier League boss involved is awaiting developments with the same sense of anticipation as the fans.

“I think we are all waiting for a surprise,” he said.

“No-one knows how it is going to work out but there are usually surprises at this stage of the season.

“So who is going to win a couple of games in a row? Who is going to a couple of games in a row?

“We don’t know all we can do as a club is focus on ourselves and doing the job right.”

That job for Sunderland right now, is taking on a Ryan Giggs-inspired Manchester United.

Giggs started his stint as interim manager with a 4-0 win and Poyet is an admirer of a supreme footballing talent that he played against many times in the Premier League.

But he says Sunderland have to focus only on themselves tomorrow.

“We can’t control what Man United will do but we can concentrate on ourselves and making sure that we perform as well as we can - that’s what we’ve done in our last few games,”

“We will respect the opposition - there were some signs of the old Manchester United team in terms of their shape and the way they used to play last week.

“But we will go there with the idea of making it difficult.

“We are a very good team when we try to make it difficult for the opposition and then look to do something ourselves.

“So everything is set up for a great afternoon of football and I’m hoping that we are going to be able to enjoy it.

Ryan Giggs will have a lot of his own ideas but a lot of them will be very similar to Sir Alex Ferguson’s with him having worked so long under him.

“But we will go there with the idea of making it difficult.

“We are a very good team when we try to make it difficult for the opposition and then look to do something ourselves.

“So everything is set up for a great afternoon of football and I’m hoping that we are going to be able to enjoy it.

“It is definitely an advantage for us that we had a win in the semi-final there.

“It doesn’t mean that we are going to win but it helps.”

The Black Cats go into the game with a clean bill of health: “we’ve got a few knocks and bruises but nothing that prevent anyone from playing.”

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