Ola Toivonen outlines what Sunderland need to improve their form

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The Black Cats take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ola Toivonen has suggested that all Sunderland need to turn their form around is a bit of luck, in quotes published by the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats currently sit bottom of the table and are yet to record their first win after six Premier League games.

Things don’t get any easier, with a trip to Old Trafford up next for Dick Advocaat’s men, but Toivonen feels they are close to ending their bad run.

“I think (our form) will soon turn around,” said the Swedish international.

“We just need a lucky bounce or a really, really good team effort to get us through this spell.

“It is no stress yet, the season is very long. Every lucky bounce we need though.”

The on-loan Rennes striker went on to describe several unfortunate moments the team has endured this season, adding: “Jermain (Defoe) had a one v one at Bournemouth, Lens had a disallowed goal, against City there was Borini’s ‘goal’. We need a lucky break.

“It is tough in this league – Tottenham were a skilful team.

“But we felt the most pain down in Bournemouth – they were running and we weren’t. Against City, it wasn’t about who worked harder, they were just better.”

Luck alone isn’t to blame for the Black Cats woes, with a lack of fitness and poor organisation responsible for their slow start to the season.

Advocaat’s men showed signs of improvement against Spurs but were unable to get anything from the game and proceeded to undo all of their hard work with a dire showing against Bournemouth the following week.

Away venues don't get much harder than Old Trafford and it will likely be seven games without a win come 5pm tomorrow.

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