Having dreamt all his life of such an occasion, he is in no mood to let the opportunity go begging.
Mannone said: "It's something I want to achieve for my career, something that stays in history. Being there with Sunderland and having a great chance is something I have always dreamed about.
"When you are a kid, you are looking at the games and you are looking at people lifting the cups and it is really emotional, so you want to be there.
"Each one of us always watched the TV and thought, 'I want to be a winner and I want to lift the cup', and I think that's us, really.
"Each one of us will be thinking about lifting that cup and being important in that game. To have this chance - we are only one game away - is something unbelievable."
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