Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini

As the on-loan Italian sent the ball into the back of the net from the penalty spot at the Stadium of Light in the first leg, he could well have notched the most important goal in Sunderland’s season. With a 2-1 lead heading into the return fixture at Old Trafford, 90 minutes against the English champions separates the relegation battlers from a first trip to the new Wembley Stadium, and the chance of lifting one of the national game’s most coveted prizes, the Capital One Cup.

With United possessing a range of threats in the final third, the job is by no means done for Sunderland, who may need to puncture the Red Devils’ rearguard once again to have a shot at making it to the Final. The rejuvenated Borini is one of their main threats, with the Italian ace possessing the speed of thought and the skill to worry David Moyes’ backline. If Gus Poyet needs a goal, he may well be looking straight at the 22-year-old to provide it.