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This mightn't be as straight forward as some believe.

Sunderland have performed very well at the Stadium of Light this season. Keane gets the players and the big home crowd fired up for these games.

Granted they haven't been playing well of late but were still able to hold United at OT until late on in the game. United only won 1-0 at home as Sunderland bravely defended.

For Sunderland there will be some ex-United players and staff hoping for a good result in this ' Cup Final' for them. I for one will enjoy seeing Yorkie and Cole on the same pitch playing against their old club, with Keano watching on....

On the injury front, VDS should remain sidelined for this fixture but we welcome back Rio and OH from slight knocks they picked up last week. We have a very full capable squad ready to lock horns and battle for these must win 3 points.

On the prediction front Im going to go with 4-0 for now.
If our first goal comes early, then Sunderland will have to chase the game and we will exploit that and give them a hammering. But they could hold out, put bodies behind the ball and make it trickier for us.

Knowing Keano, he will try and win the game. Respect for that, but it will probably be a big mistake with Ronnie, Rooney, Tevez and Giggs looking increasingly threatening as the season wears on.
 

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Keane full of praise for Fergie

Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane will lead Sunderland into battle against his old club with opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson determined not to allow the young pretender to dethrone him just yet.

The two men will be in opposite dug-outs for the second time since Keane launched his managerial career with the Scot having got the better of him - if only just - at Old Trafford in September when Louis Saha's 71st-minute strike secured victory by the narrowest of margins.

United ruled the roost in English football for more than a decade with Ferguson at the helm and Keane his leader on the pitch - the 36-year-old won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and only missed out on a Champions League winners' medal through suspension.

British football's pre-eminent boss continues to add accolades to his curriculum vitae long after his planned retirement, but that comes as no surprise to a man who watched him work his magic at close hand.

Keane said: "What you find with all these top managers and top people, whether it be sport or business, they like to win.

"That's what you find with all these people - and they never get sick of winning, and that's why they are so good. They love winning, they never get sick of it.

"Some people like to win once or twice and that's it. These people like to win year after year after year, and to have that drive and desire is fantastic.

"That's why you have got to admire these people."

Perhaps one of the reasons for their success together is that Keane and Ferguson share at least some of the same characteristics, a fact acknowledged by the younger man.

He said: "I like to win, yes, I like to win."

That is something Keane has struggled to do so far this season, and Sunderland dropped back into the relegation zone once again as a result of yet more late misfortune as Reading snatched all three points with a controversial winner on Saturday.

The former Republic of Ireland captain's commitment and intensity have never been in question, although as he unburdened his soul following his appointment at the Stadium of Light, he admitted that might not always have served him well.

He arrived on Wearside having brought down the curtain on his playing days at Celtic following his split with United after more than 12 glittering years at the Theatre of Dreams.

His departure was preceded by a difference of opinion with Ferguson, although he insists he has no regrets.

Keane said: "I don't have any regrets about the way it ended - maybe one or two people might, but I don't.

"All good things come to an end and that was it. It ended the way it ended.

"It was brilliant, it was everything I thought it would be. It was fantastic.

"I loved it, I loved every minute of it."

An apology was offered and accepted as Keane launched the latest phase of his career, although while Ferguson was a big help during his first year in management, the advice has dried up more recently.

Keane said: "Of course it does when you are in competition. It's all right when you are in the Championship and one or two managers are keen to help you with certain players or whatever.

"But then when you are in the same league as them - and rightly so - then all that stops."

Keane is one of several United old boys in the Sunderland camp - Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Danny Higginbotham and Paul McShane are likely to be involved, and 36-year-old Yorke admits he will be as excited as anyone.

He said: "It does not make any difference that I am a little bit older than some of the guys and have been there and done it, I am still as excited as those who have never played against them before."

Source:teamtalk.com
 

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To win 4-0 away from home without VDS, Nev, Scholes, Giggs, Tevez, Evra, Anderson and Hargreaves is a credit to how strong the squad is.

We won this at a stroll and there were many positives to take from the game.

The defence was water tight with O'Shea in particular thwarting Sunderland at every opportunity.

The MF did fine, Carrick and Fletch did the job adequately and easily, but we have 3 better CM's who didnt even play in the game.....

Ronnie always looked a threat and got all his free kicks on target(for once). The one he scored was a scorcher, which left Gordon rooted to the spot. He showed great flashes of skill throughout and was eventually taken off for a well earned rest. Nani was effective at times and won the peno....

Rooney and Saha were very good upfront. Saha could still do with a few more games but he showed some great touches and got 2 goals which will boost his confidence. Rooney was all over the pitch and had a great game. Nice goal too.

Park returned as well which is a major bonus. So glad he is back. Looked full of running as usual :)

Motm would probably be Rooney followed closely by O'Shea or Ronnie.
 
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