Martin O'Neill wants Sunderland to 'play with freedom' at Old Trafford

Martin O'Neill: Call to arms for Sunderland ahead of trip to Old Trafford

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Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill wants his team to "play with freedom" at Manchester United on Saturday.

Their 3-0 win over Reading on Tuesday night lifted Sunderland out of the relegation zone and gave the Black Cats a much-needed morale-boost.

It was Sunderland's third league win of the season, and a timely one ahead of festive fixtures against United, Manchester City, Southampton and Tottenham before the New Year.

"Of course winning matches is very important but it's given everyone that confidence boost and hopefully we will be able to continue that between now and the Christmas period and into the New Year," O'Neill said.

"We have a real battle on of course against Manchester United but we can go there with some confidence because of the result during the week and actually go and play with some freedom as well.

"Someone was suggesting a few days ago that these are not our battles but that's not the point - that's too easy.

"We have to go and compete every single week in this league and I don't think you can start to allocate points here and take points away there. Go and play.

"This is a tough time for us but it's pretty obvious it was going to be a tough time for us. There haven't been that many changes made and people see what they want to see.

"The bare facts are that we need to win some games and then there's a better feeling around the football club if that's the case."

A victory would provide another huge boost for the Northern Irishman, although he revealed he is not worried about his future on Wearside following a poor run of results.

"I haven't gone out publicly and said every single day that I've got support (from the owner)," O'Neill said.

"I've never felt the real need to do this. You can say what you want. I'm in the business of trying to win some football games and I think with my record in the game, I wouldn't have survived for so long if I hadn't managed to come through some sticky periods."

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