LEE CATTERMOLE hopes there will be a rollover this weekend from last season’s fortunes against the Premier League’s heavyweights.
Sunderland will look to deepen the sense of uncertainty around Manchester United on Sunday after new boss Louis van Gaal experienced a losing start to his reign against Swansea City last weekend.
The Black Cats secured a first league victory at Old Trafford for 46 years back in May to move to the brink of Premier safety, while Gus Poyet’s side also triumphed over two legs against United in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
Those results came amidst a series of positive results against the Premier League’s top seven, with Sunderland taking four points off champions Manchester City, and winning at Chelsea and Everton.
Prior to this weekend’s Stadium of Light opener, midfielder Cattermole says those memories have injected the sense of confidence among Sunderland’s troops that they can continue to upset the odds.
Cattermole told SportMail: “It’s a game we can go and enjoy, and I’m sure the fans will fill the seats and be right behind us.
“We’ve got a good record against the big teams recently.
“We obviously don’t fear them and we’ll look to go and put our game on them.
“United obviously lost the game last week, but Swansea are a good side.
“But it’s still very early on. That was a big result for us at West Brom and now we can look forwards to this weekend.”
Several summer signings will make their home bows for Sunderland after Jack Rodwell, Patrick van Aanholt, Jordi Gomez and Will Buckley all appeared in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns.
Cattermole expects Rodwell and van Aanholt, who both appeared in the starting line-up at the Hawthorns, to develop as the season progress.
“Jack’s been short of football,” added Cattermole.
“Patrick has just come in too, so there was two players who were all short on game-time really and Premier League experience.
“They’ll get better and better.
“They both signed long contracts, so they’ll continue to improve for us. It’s minutes under the belt for them and we’ll look ahead now.”