Wes Brown has told his team mates to expect a backlash from a hurting Manchester United side ahead of their clash in the Capital One Cup semi final tonight.
Brown played more than 230 times for the Red Devils during his career and knows what it's like to dispatch clubs they're expected to beat on a regular basis.
He told the Guardian: "In all my years at United I can't remember losing too many semi-finals. We were favourites in most of them and I can't recall us losing to an underdog.
"United are pretty much up there with the best when it comes to reaching cup finals so we're under no illusions. It's a tough ask."
Despite the warning that Brown has declared to his team mates the Manchester United side are struggling and a defeat tonight will be their third in a row in all competitions.
This Sunderland side can take a huge step to the final of the Capital One Cup on home soil to and no doubt Gus Poyet will be desperate to earn his first major trophy as a manager.
In the dugout next to the Sunderland head coach, David Moyes will be feeling the pressure and therefore is likely to field one or two more key players to get the best result they can at the Stadium of Light.
When asked about how Moyes has been handling the Manchester United job, Brown stated: "Personally I feel it would have been the same for whoever had gone in to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I feel sure United will turn it around but, right now, not being up there with the top teams, they'll be hurting."
The Black Cats defender has done brilliantly to recover from a career threatening knee injury in recent times and looks set to feature in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi final tonight.
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