Sunderland skipper John O'Shea admits they face relegation if they don't start collecting points quickly.
O'Shea told the Sunderland Echo: "The positives don't count for anything. Believe me, anyone in the dressing room would rather play terrible and win the games 1-0.
"We have to get away from moral victories when we have done okay or done this and done that.
"We have to stand up and take responsibility, make sure we get clean sheets and go ahead in games.
"The players need to get this home crowd behind us and give them something to cheer about, rather than them having to get us going all the time.
"We did that in the second half against Liverpool, but we need to be doing that from the start.
"The sooner we get the win on the board the better, and why not against United? We are under no illusions that it's going to be tough, but we have to start somewhere."
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