Gus Poyet will send Sunderland on to the Old Trafford pitch hoping to take another step towards a successful conclusion to his most eventful season in football.

The 46-year-old head coach ended Jose Mourinho's 77-game unbeaten home record as Chelsea manager, enjoyed back-to-back derby wins over Newcastle, and led his team out for a Wembley cup final while fighting a season-long battle to prevent the club from slipping out of the Barclays Premier League.

Seven points from a possible nine have eased Poyet's side out of the relegation zone but he is taking nothing for granted. He simply cannot afford to given the rollercoaster nature of his season.

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"It's the most up and down. I don't remember having a season like it," he said. "There are two ways: the easiest way is to win two, that's it. If we win two, that's it, it doesn't matter what the rest do."