Sunderland skipper Cattermole eyes Man United upset

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LEE Cattermole wants to give the Red Devils hell this weekend and send Sunderland fans into the close season on a high.

The Black Cats’ captain knows the eyes of the footballing world will be focused on the Stadium of Light and the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manchester clubs United and City fight for the honour of being crowned this season’s Premier League champions.

But the captain insists Sunderland have no intention of being bit-part players in the final-day drama as they look to do themselves justice by pushing to equal their 10th-place finish of last season.

“It’s a big game, no doubt about it,” said Cattermole.

“But it is a big match for us players and our fans, not just for United.

“It is the last game of the season, which is always a special occasion and you have to show appreciation to the supporters for their efforts this season.

“We will do that on the pitch afterwards and beforehand we know we have got a huge match on our hands because Manchester United have to win.

“It is a huge game to be involved in.

“We have got important points to play for if we want to finish as high up as we can in the table and it will not be taken lightly by us.

“You play for pride and your team and fans and we have got a lot to play for.

“We will go into it with a strong side and go out there trying to win.

“We would never have it any other way. It’s a long summer break and you do not want to go into it on the back of a defeat.

“A win over United would give everyone in the club a big boost – so that’s what all the players will be aiming for.”

Cattermole acknowledges that it is a good thing for football that so much is riding on the very last 90 minutes of the campaign, but he says that Sunderland will be concerned only about what might be in it for them at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

“It is great for the Premier League to have matches as big as that derby game between Man United and City recently and both sides still have everything to play for going into the last match,” he said.

“Anything could happen, but we have to make sure we do our part.

“We have to go into it with the right attitude, which we will.

“The rest of the country might be watching Manchester United, but we have to only care about Sunderland.

“We have to make the fans happy to go home at the end of a very long season, so that they can look forward to next season with a smile on their faces.

“It’s a big game for United, but it is three points in the Premier League and that makes it a massive game for us, too.

“Just because we can’t win the league doesn’t mean it is worth any less to us.

“It is all about being professional and that is what we will be in every game, win or lose.”