Manchester United center back John O'Shea thinks that his team can face a tough test away at Sunderland on Saturday. O'Shea is also aware of the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light where Sunderland troubled many big teams in the past.
Manchester United, currently 2nd in the league table, would be looking for full points from the fixture, while Sunderland would like to clinch at least a point against the Red Devils. Sunderland’s recent form is pretty much impressive as they held Arsenal and Liverpool in their previous two matches- meaning their confidence level is high too.
John O'Shea said, “The last few seasons they've been very tough games up there. Steve Bruce definitely enjoys the battles against the manager.”
Sunderland’s strength increased significantly since the arrival of Ghana international Asamoah Gyan in the summer. The Ghanaian could be a threat for United defense which looked shaky on a number of occasions this season. John O'Shea himself is under pressure following some sloppy performances.
“The last few seasons we've had tough games up there but we've managed to come out on top. If we under-perform it can be tough. We know the atmosphere there - if they win a throw-in or a free-kick their fans cheer as if they've scored,” O'Shea said regarding the atmosphere of the Stadium of Light.
Another worrying factor for Sir Alex Ferguson is that his side could not win full points in the away fixtures this season with a 2-2 draw away at Bolton Wanderers being the latest.