Rowell Report: Let’s hope for more of the same against Man United

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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THE game coming up against Manchester United will see the Sunderland fans travelling to Old Trafford – the ground where they had one of their best nights in recent history.

The Capital One Cup semi-final was a great occasion and it would be fantastic if the scenes after Saturday’s game could be anywhere near the ones we experienced back in January.

Everyone knows United haven’t had the season they’ve wanted or have become used to and ex-manager David Moyes paid the ultimate price for that under-achievement.

It has been United’s home form more than anything which has let them down with six games already lost at Old Trafford – a statistic that is virtually unheard of for the Red Devils.

Sunderland’s game against Man United this weekend will be the fourth time the two teams have faced each other this campaign and there was very little between the two teams in the previous meetings.

It’s not often that you go to Old Trafford so late in the season to face a Man United team that has little to play for, but I’m not sure that makes Sunderland’s task any easier.

Interim manager Ryan Giggs has galvanised the club and its supporters since taking over from Moyes and he comfortably beat Norwich City in his first game in charge.

He will be determined to finish Manchester United’s disappointing season off on a high, starting with Sunderland on Saturday.

But Sunderland, as we all know, seem to raise their game when they play the Premier League giants and for incentive they only have to look back at their last two away games, against Manchester City and Chelsea, where they were written off before kick-off each time, but performed brilliantly against all the odds.

After the thumping win over Cardiff, Sunderland have now got momentum behind them, with back-to-back victories and are playing their best sustained spell of football of the season.

Old Trafford though is still one of the great stages in world football and despite the problems Manchester United have had this season, any game against them is always going to be a difficult one.