Sunderland host Manchester United at the Stadium of Light in the first-leg of the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Sunderland come into this game having won their previous fixture at the Stadium of Light. Goals from Adam Johnson, El-Hadji Ba and an own goal from Sean O'Hanlon helped the Wearside club enjoy a 3-1 victory against Carlisle United in the FA Cup third round two days ago.
The Black Cats qualified for the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup beating Chelsea 2-1 in the previous round at home. Frank Lampard gave the Blues the lead early in the second-half but Fabio Borini equalized in the 88th minute to force the game into extra-time. Ki Sung-Yueng grabbed a late winner in extra-time to and put his team one step away from the finals.
Gus Poyet has witnessed a see-saw season since his appointment as manager in October last year as Sunderland are rock bottom of the league table with just 14 points from 20 matches.
However, having enjoyed victories over Manchester City (Premier League) and Chelsea at home will give the 46-year-old a reason to believe that his side can pull off a miracle in the two-legged encounter against United in this competition.
Meanwhile, United's six match winning run came to a staggering halt in 2014 as they lost two consecutive games at Old Trafford for the second time this campaign.
The Red Devils lost 1-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in the league on New Year's Day with Danny Welbeck pulling one goal back for the English champions. Swansea City recorded their first ever victory at the Theatre of Dreams with the same score line as Javier Hernandez's goal was not enough to force a replay in the third round of the FA Cup last Sunday.
During their last league clash against Sunderland in October last year, Adnan Januzaj scored a brace in the 2-1 victory to help the visitors leave Wearside with all three points.
David Moyes' men dispatched Stoke City 2-0 courtesy of goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra in the quarter-finals of this competition to go one step closer to Wembley.
The Scotsman will be desperate to ease the pressure off his shoulders by guiding his team back to winning ways in the Capital One Cup. The former Everton manager will be hoping to live up to the expectations weighed upon him as a successor of Sir Alex Ferguson and maintain the flow of silverwares to the United trophy cabinet.
What Managers Say
Gus Poyet: "If there's any time to play them [United], it's probably now, so we can try to make the most of that. But they are still a top-quality team with top quality players and the key is to go to Old Trafford not down."
David Moyes:"We need to get back to winning ways and be hard to play against. Most importantly, we need to take something out of the good play we have had in games. It has been a tough start. I am disappointed we have not won more games but it will change I have no doubt about that."
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L D W D
- Last Result: Sunderland 3-1 Carlisle United
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W W W
- Last Result: Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City
- Injured: Keiren Westwood (shoulder), Carlos Cuellar (hip)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Probable lineup: Mannone; Celustka, O'Shea, Diakite, Alonso; Johnson, Larsson Cattermole, Giaccherini; Fletcher, Altidore
- Injured: Phil Jones (knee), Nani (hamstring), Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Ashley Young (shoulder), Robin van Persie (thigh), Rio Ferdinand (knee)
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: Fabio da Silva
Probable lineup: De Gea; Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj; Welbeck