PvA fully focused ahead of clash with Louis van Gaal’s side.
Patrick van Aanholt will pull no punches on Sunday as he attempts to get one over on his former boss Louis van Gaal.
It will be nice to see him [van Gaal] on Sunday but not as friends, he is now the manager of Manchester United and we want to do our thing to get three points at our house
- van Aanholt on Louis van Gaal
The Manchester United manager gave the left back his international debut in November 2013, introducing him for Memphis Depay in a 0-0 draw against Colombia.
And on Sunday the duo will again come face-to-face, with van Gaal aiming to secure his first Barclays Premier League points following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford.
Speaking to safc.com van Aanholt looked ahead to the game, stating that he has no time for sentiment as the Black Cats prepare to shine at the Stadium of Light.
"It will be nice to see him [van Gaal] on Sunday but not as friends, he is now the manager of Manchester United and we want to do our thing to get three points at our house.
"He likes to play football and build from the back, so they will press high and I think we can expect them to come at us to try and get an early goal.
"For me it is all about us, we want to play our own game, keep the ball and play through, if we do I see us getting three points.”
Van Aanholt narrowly missed out on a place in the Netherlands' 2014 World Cup squad, but despite an imminent international break he is fully focused on performing in red and white.
“I am not concentrating on the Netherlands, I have only just moved to Sunderland and I am really focused on doing well here.
“If I play well and I am picked up for the Dutch squad then that is a bonus for me as it means I am doing well, but if I don’t then I know I need to work harder.
“That said I will keep working regardless of whether I am picked or not.”