Youngsters looking to bounce back in Manchester.
Sunderland under-18 coach Carlton Fairweather says the young Black Cats are fully prepared for their difficult trip to Manchester United on Saturday.
United currently lead the Barclays U18 Premier League north group with six wins from their opening games.
And Fairweather feels the young Red Devils are one of the best youth sides in the country.
“United are a very good side,” he said. “They have quality individuals in lots of positions so it will be a tough game for us.
“However, we always back ourselves to do well and if we perform well then we can definitely compete.
“We’ll certainly not put too much pressure on the result as performances as individuals and also as a team are important.”
The under-18’s haven’t featured in a league game since their 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at the Academy of Light two weeks ago.
And Fairweather feels the break has benefitted the squad going into a tough run of games.
“In many ways the break has helped us because we’ve been able to get one or two lads back from injury,” Fairweather added.
“We’ve trained well and had a couple of games against the younger lads which has helped us work on a few things.”
Saturday’s game kicks-off at 12.30pm and a full report will be available on safc.com following the match.