Sebastian Larsson confident of upsetting Manchester United again

Sunderland stunned Old Trafford in both the League Cup and Premier League last season.

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson says there is no reason why the side can't stun Old Trafford again after last season's exploits.

Last season, Gus Poyet's side managed to do enough in the League Cup semi-final to qualify on penalties, and towards the end of the season they managed to get the win to maintain their Premier League status.

A win against Louis van Gaal's side this weekend would only be their fifth league win of the campaign, and would be a welcome boost in their battle to avoid relegation this term, with Poyet's men sitting just three points above the drop zone.

Larsson is quoted in the Chronicle reflecting on last season's games, saying: "I would say the league win was more important – but then I did not play in the cup win!

“They were two big games. Getting into the cup final was massive for the fans and for us players but the win in the league was in the middle of that crazy run we had whch secured our Premier League status. We will use those memories and we know we have beaten them before.

“There is no reason why we can’t do it again."

With the side's position looking precarious, getting a positive result at Old Trafford would provide something of a boost to Sunderland as they look to retain their Premier League status.

But they will face a Manchester United side under a degree of pressure themselves with the race for the Champions League places tightening up. 

United are harder to face on their own patch this season under Louis van Gaal, with their home form largely to thank for the side sitting inside the top four.

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