Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is looking to take advantage of Manchester United’s woes when they face each other in the Capital One Cup.
The Englishman knows the Black Cats are just two matches away from a trip to Wembley, and could capitalise on United’s struggles under David Moyes.
Johnson, who spent 2 and a half years at the Etihad with Manchester City, thinks it’s the best time to play Moyes’ men, and is ready to punish them:
“I think Manchester United are going through their most difficult spell in, what, 10 or 15 years?” he said.
“So if there’s ever a good time to play them, it’s probably now. We have to build on our recent decent run and make the most of home advantage and having our fans behind us.
“We’re coming into the game with a cup victory fresh in our minds and although the Carlisle game is gone now – different opposition, different competition, different level – we can still take a bit of a boost from that. The mood in the camp is good. We’ve been in pretty good spirits anyway, even before the FA Cup win. But if it gives us that extra one per cent on the night, then great.”
Sunderland have struggled in the league this season, currently lying bottom of the Premier League table. But cup success over Manchester United, after already defeating Chelsea in the competition, could be the perfect morale boost.