Simon Mignolet

Simon relishing Old Trafford battle

by Stuart Vose

Keeper ready for first appearance at Red Devils' home.

Simon Mignolet heads into his first-ever game at Old Trafford in upbeat mood following the midweek win over Reading.

Sunderland ran out 3-0 victors at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night to notch a crucial three points ahead of this weekend’s trip to the north west.

United go into the game following a derby victory against Manchester rivals City, but Mignolet says Sunderland have had a boost of their own thanks to the win over the Royals.

“Scoring three goals will give the players a lift and we will take confidence from the game,” he said.

“Now we have a good fixture [in Manchester] this weekend.

“It’s a new ground for me and a nice experience which I’m looking forward to.”

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have enjoyed an excellent start to the season and opened up a six-point gap at the top with victory at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

Mignolet has rejected the notion that Sunderland will head south with the pressure off and feels his side are capable of upsetting the odds.

“Hopefully can get a result down there – I don’t think we will see it as an impossible game,” he explained.

“If everyone stays focused and does their jobs then we can get something.

“There’s always pressure on every game and Saturday won’t be any different. It would be great if we could get something there.”