Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Take This Historic Chance - Cats Boss; Cats Boss Wants to Pile on Pressure

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Take This Historic Chance - Cats Boss; Cats Boss Wants to Pile on Pressure

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer

GUS Poyet has urged his Sunderland players to take a chance of a lifetime and help the club take a huge "step forward" by ending a 22-year wait for a major Cup final appearance.

The Black Cats head to Old Trafford tonight knowing avoiding a defeat against Manchester United will guarantee them a place in the club's history - along with a Wembley date and a mouth-watering meeting with Manchester City.

The prospect of defending a single-goal advantage at Old Trafford would normally be a daunting one but David Moyes' team are in freefall, having lost three of their last four games and been knocked out of the Premier League title race and the FA Cup since the turn of the year. Poyet (pictured below) wants his team to pile the pressure on a Red Devils team which he believes "must win" this game.

Equally as important to Poyet, though, is the fact his players take the opportunity presented to them by their first-leg performance.

He said: "It is a step forward as a club - for the players, the individuals and the fans.

It will change things a little bit this difficult season, give something to them to celebrate and to have the option to win a trophy.

"We have put ourselves in a nice position and now we need to try and do our best to win it.

"From the beginning of the game it is easy for me - we are going to play to win the game, just like we play any other game.

"Now we know we are away and it is Manchester United and there are plenty of things which can happen. During the game, depending on the score, it is going to be a different approach from us because you need to manage the game depending on how it is going and then make decisions.

"The rules are new for me - I don't remember playing in a competition where after 90 minutes away goals do not count but they do after 120 minutes and the only way to get to penalties is 2-1. "We need to adapt to that as well. …

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