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21/01/2014 20:07, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Cleverley wants cup tonic

Tom Cleverley says victory over Sunderland to book a place at Wembley would lift everyone at the club after a difficult start to 2014.

The Reds host the Black Cats at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. David Moyes’ men are 2-1 down from the first game and go into the clash on the back of four defeats in the last five games.

Cleverley insists the Reds will do everything possible to end the night victorious, knowing a win would be just the boost needed within the camp.

“It would give us all a big lift,” he told ManUtd.com. “We might be going through a bad patch but it’s a semi-final of a cup competition and we’ve got to win it.

“I think it will be a great atmosphere and it’s a chance for us to get to Wembley for a cup final which, from a personal perspective, is something I’ve never been involved in. Getting a result on Wednesday gives us a chance to go on to win some silverware and that’s what this club is all about.”

With Sunderland holding the advantage in the tie, Cleverley fully expects Gus Poyet’s side to keep things tight in the opening period of the game. But the midfielder remains confident United can break the visitors down and expects the Reds to go at them at full pelt from the off.

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