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Poyet calls for strong mental showing as Sunderland get set for Man Utd

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has urged his side to be mentally prepared for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final.

The Black Cats meet Manchester United in the return bout at Old Trafford after beating the Red Devils in 2-1 in the first leg at home and Poyet is well aware that his side will have to be at their best if they want to step foot in the league cup final at Wembley.

"We need to play very well that's for sure. We're going to have to be spot on, we're going to have to be strong mentally," Poyet told reporters.

"Especially because of the way that we have to play and where we have to play. I have a feeling too many people think that the final has to be Manchester United and Manchester City. We want to try and not let that happen, we have to try and make sure we are in there.

"I think it's the first time for a while - apart from maybe the FA Cup game (against Carlisle United) - that I'm going to go into the game myself personally with a different approach, because this a game to really, really enjoy."

Poyet added: "I'm sure that if it doesn't go my way I'm going to be devastated, but this a great opportunity.

"So many fans, a great stadium opposition desperate to get a trophy and we've got the chance to go there with a little advantage, so let's enjoy this one. The league has been so different, so let's enjoy it.

"I wouldn't let that chance go past if I was a player. I would make sure (I do) everything possible and more to get to the final and give the fans something to cheer about and to be happy and proud of the team."

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