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Poyet counts on his own players alone

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.

"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."

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