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"I was filled with pride by the manner with which the team performed at Sunderland. It really was the mark of champions to put in such a commanding performance against fired up, in-form opposition being urged on by a frothing home support..."

- ManUtd.com's Steve Bartram
07/05/2010 17:04, Report by Steve Bartram
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Pride at professional Reds

ManUtd.com's Steve Bartram gives his personal take on the Reds' endeavours over 10 arduous months...

Whatever Sunday brings, 2009/10 should actually be a source of pride for United supporters.

Don't get me wrong - this isn't a pre-emptive post-mortem. I've got my nails sunk into the same straw as all other United fans, namely that hot-and-cold Wigan can somehow upset the odds and beat Chelsea again, and that we can overcome the party-pooping efforts of a well-drilled Stoke City side.

But, should Chelsea take the title and leave us with just one piece of silverware - the Carling Cup - to show for our efforts, it really needn't all be doom and gloom.

Last weekend, I was filled with pride by the manner with which the team performed at Sunderland. It really was the mark of champions to put in such a commanding performance against fired up, in-form opposition being urged on by a frothing home support. Especially after Chelsea's earlier win at Anfield.

I spoke to a couple of players on Monday at Carrington, and they both conceded it was demoralising to watch the Blues stroll to victory. As one player put it to me, Anfield is "one of the hardest places in the world to go and get a result. Usually."

So to then go out, dust themselves down and take three points in such an impressive manner really speaks volumes for the professionalism of our squad. Lesser teams may have been broken by the sense that they were merely delaying the inevitable; our boys simply upped their game.

And it's the latest example of the club's sheer will to succeed. This legendary attitude has pulled us through countless scrapes in the past, and especially so this season. Recall the fightbacks against Arsenal, Spurs (twice), CSKA Moscow, AC Milan, Liverpool and Aston Villa - plus three injury-time wins over City.

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