Manchester United boss David Moyes thinks that his side can successfully reinvigorate their current campaign.
The Red Devils have endured their worst start to the season since being in a similar position 24-years ago.
United currently sit 12th in the Premier League with seven points and three defeats, and they are eight points off league leaders Arsenal.
The defeats came to Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom, and Moyes has put the slow start down to 'a lack of world-class" players'.
United's next game in the league is against Sunderland, and the Scot will be hoping to exploit the managerial uncertainty at the Stadium of Light. They are yet to appoint a permanent manager since the sacking of Paolo Di Canio.
Speaking ahead of the game, Moyes is quoted as saying in the Express: "It’s an important game. We want to try and win it so we’ll pick a team which we think can get a result."
The mood at Old Trafford has been at least partly lifted after a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Another factor in their favour is the expected return of Wayne Rooney, who missed the game against Shakhtar with a shin injury.
"It’s a long season," continued Moyes.
"We’ll hang in there and get ourselves as close to the top as soon as we can. We need to concentrate on the Premier League now and getting back on track. We have really good players, they know the standards they've set and together we'll work to get it right.
"In any new job you learn as you go, and I'm in that position as well. I knew they were good players, but there will be difficult times as well."
If United can triumph against the Black Cats, it will go a long way to restoring confidence that has been knocked by poor results and criticism from fans and pundits alike.
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