Darren Bent has told Manchester United to prepare for a Sunderland side at the top of their game when they meet in the Premier League this weekend. And the in-form striker has warned Sir Alex Ferguson's side they will not enjoy an easy day up in the North East.
Bent told SAFC TV: "As long as we take the great positives from what we did against Liverpool into the Manchester United game, I am sure we will be okay because at home against the big boys, we have been playing so, so well.
"Everyone seems to lift their game and the crowd lifts us and we seem to get the results we want to get, so if we can continue with the performance from Liverpool and take it into the United game, then it should be a good, good game.
"I can't remember the last time we lost to a so-called big team at home."
He added: "United have got some top, top players - they have got Rooney, [Dimitar] Berbatov, who has been on fire this year, [Paul] Scholes, [Ryan] Giggs, Nani...the names are endless with the talent they have in their team.
"But at the same time, on Saturday they have got to come and play on the same pitch we have got to play on.
"The main thing is that we set our stall out and make it hard for them to beat us, and then we go from there and make sure we play our game and cause them a few problems."