ECHO JURY: Sunderland v Man Utd: Paul Welch

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THE semi-final of the cup against Man Utd ... this game is usually just a dream to Sunderland fans but this season it’s reality – and we must enjoy it despite our poor league position.

We are only 180 minutes away from a trip to Wembley and that would be a great occasion for all Sunderland fans.

Man Utd are far from the force of recent years as Swansea showed at the weekend, but they still have class throughout their team and both legs will be extremely difficult.

It will be good to see O’Shea and Brown back at the heart of the defence, they were building a solid partnership before injuries and suspensions.

The game will be won and lost in the middle of the park so it’s vital we win all the little battles in there, first, second and third balls.

I’d start Fletcher up top as Altidore is lacking confidence at present. We need to try and take a lead to Old Trafford and I’m hoping for a 2-0 win.

Prediction: Sunderland 2 Man Utd 0