LEE Cattermole says that Sunderland’s players are men on a mission – and going to Old Trafford tomorrow holds no fears for a Black Cats squad determined to end the season as strongly as possible.
“We’ve been to Manchester City and done well and Chelsea and done well, so why not at United too?” the midfielder asked.
“To be honest, going to Old Trafford is not something I think we’re worrying about – we’re just concentrating on getting out there and doing our best.
“It was strange after the Cardiff City game the other week that there was no massive celebrations in our dressing room afterwards – we were all quite quiet and I think that was because we’re so focused at the moment on what we’re trying to achieve.
“Yes, we had a great win over Cardiff but that’s just one step and we’ve got more to do.
“Now we want to go on and try to win the games against Man United, West Brom and Swansea.”
A Sunderland win over Man United would not be as surprising now as it would have been before Poyet’s man turned the title race on its head with a draw against Man City and win over Chelsea to complete some turnaround in fortunes.
Less than a month ago Sunderland suffered the embarrassment of a 5-1 defeat at Spurs on their way to slipping seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.
But Cattermole wonders if Sunderland needed to suffer in order to dig deep and bring the best out of themselves.
“I think sometimes you have to hit rock-bottom before you can respond,” he said.
“That game was the point where we turned to each other and said if this is how it is going to be, it will be a hard run-in.
“We resolved that it could not happen again and we came out fighting.
“We’ve shown some belief, players have hit form and that was exactly what we needed.
“You need a few heroes to step forward, and I think that’s what we’ve had in recent weeks
“It has been an unbelievable response when you think where we were at after that game at Spurs, and how we’ve managed to dig ourselves out.
“We’re in a position now where it is in our own hands, and that’s all we could hope for.”