Can a place in the Capital One Cup Final inspire Sunderland to survival?

Sunderland have defied the odds so far this season by reaching the Semi-Finals of the Capital One Cup.

And Gus Poyet’s side will be looking to cause another upset in their Semi-Final two-legged tie against Manchester United in the New Year as they look to gather momentum in the league and improve on their current form.

Having won just five games all season out of a possible 21, Gus Poyet’s side are facing a relegation battle but their performance in the Capital One Cup, has seen them knock out both high-flying Chelsea and Southampton.

Showing resilience in the Capital One Cup has driven the Black Cats to the Semi-Finals and they now face the stern task of knocking out David Moyes’ United as they look to win their first piece of silverware of the season.

A triumph in the Capital One Cup would ease the pressure on the Uruguayan and Sunderland and could potentially give them the morale boost they desperately need to turn around their league campaign.

Fans at the Stadium of Light haven’t had much to cheer about recently; however, Poyet will be fancying his chances against the Red Devils when they travel to the North-East cauldron, having seen his side beat the likes of Southampton, Chelsea and Man City at their home ground which speaks volumes of their determination and the 12th man their fans can be.

Jozy Altidore has been a big contributor to Sunderland’s strong, battling performances this season, with the American forward being the prime target man for Sunderland. Linking both Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore could be a lethal force up front, with the on-loan Liverpool striker showing his potential as he scored a late equaliser against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the previous round of the competition.

If Gus Poyet’s team can grind out a narrow win in the first leg of the tie at the Stadium of Light, then their determination and spirit in the away fixture could see them battle to get a draw and send United crashing out.

Reaching the Final would be a huge lift around the Stadium of Light and could well give the squad, and Poyet, the boost they need to climb up and out of the relegation zone.

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