FABIO BORINI insists Sunderland are targeting victory at Old Trafford tomorrow, rather than hanging on for a draw.
Sunderland take a 2-1 advantage into their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United after on-loan Liverpool forward Borini’s match-winning penalty from the first meeting between the sides a fortnight ago.
A draw in Manchester tomorrow night would be sufficient for Sunderland to secure a place in their first major cup final since 1992.
But despite Man United’s troubles this season, Borini (left) remains wary of the goal threat of the reigning Premier League champions and says the Black Cats must look to triumph in the second leg, rather than settling for a stalemate.
Borini told the Echo: “We’re not going there to lose, we’re going there to win.
“If you try to get a draw, then the first thing that comes to your mind is to lose and that will happen.
“We’re going there to win and to play our game.
“It’s Man United. If you sit back, sooner or later they will score. They’ve got great players.
“We have to play our way to Wembley.”
Borini has played a pivotal role in Sunderland’s cup run after he was on the scoresheet in the quarter final success against Chelsea and again in the semi-final first leg with Man United.
The Italian’s goal against Southampton on Saturday was his fourth in red and white, although the 22-year-old refuses to make public the target he has set himself for the season.
But Borini said it was important to keep Sunderland’s points tally ticking over prior to their Capital One Cup and FA Cup commitments, with so little separating the sides in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
“Yes I’ve set a goals target, but I’m not going to say it in the media!” he said. “I’m keeping that to myself and my mentor coach.
“It’s very important to not give points away.
“Saturday was a point that we have gained and it was an important performance to get back in the game.
“When you see how close the table is, you need to keep in contention and not lose games.
“Every point counts.
“Good results gives you confidence and we’ve got some consistency over recent weeks.”
Sunderland will be cheered on by almost 9,000 supporters at Old Trafford and Borini believes that could be crucial when Gus Poyet’s side attempt to contain the reigning Premier League champions.
“It’s very good to have that many fans there,” added the Italian international.
“To have 9,000 out of 75,000 is very important, especially when we’ve got that one goal advantage.
“You need the fans at hard moments and I’m sure there will be some at Old Trafford tomorrow, so hopefully they can help us.”