Donald Love says he does not have anything to prove against Manchester United

Sunderland's Donald Love in action with Watford's Juan Camilo Zuniga

Love could feature for Sunderland against his old club on Boxing Day.

Sunderland defender Donald Love says he does not feel he has anything to prove when he returns to Old Trafford on Boxing Day with the Black Cats, the Northern Echo reports.

Love made the switch from United to the Stadium of Light during the summer and is targeting what many will feel is an unlikely victory over Jose Mourinho's side. 

The defender is quoted in the Northern Echo, saying: “I came to Sunderland to play football, obviously it is really hard at United to get into the first team.

Sunderland's Donald Love in action with Watford's Juan Camilo Zuniga

"I would love to beat them, though, it is one of them! It will be a really hard game but we want to give 100 per cent for the fans.

“Hopefully we will win but either way we will give it our all and hopefully the fans won't be disappointed with our performance. We will target their weak areas and look to get at them."

Love has been facing fierce competition for a role in the side. He has predominantly been used at right-back - with Billy Jones and Javi Manquillo also competing for a spot - and has filled in as a defensive midfielder where the Black Cats have had their fair share of injury problems this season.

Sunderland's Donald Love and Didier Ndong in action with Watford's Juan Camilo Zuniga

In total he has nine first team appearances but has not really been able to hold down a regular starting place. After featuring for the majority of last weekend's win over Watford, Love may get the nod to start against United on Boxing Day. 

Time will tell if the 22-year-old will be vindicated in his move to Wearside, but he clearly felt the need to move elsewhere in order to kick on in his career. He is at an age when more regular game time is required and that is something he may not have got at United.

It could be a difficult afternoon for Love and his teammates as they are coming up against a side that is showing signs of hitting their stride; even if they are 13 points off the top they are now only four off the Champions League places. 

Coming away from Old Trafford without losing would be a real morale boost for Sunderland as they are within striking distance of climbing out of the drop zone. 

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