Sunday 22 October 2017

Poyet sympathy for rival boss ahead of semi-final showdown

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet

Luke Edwards

Gus Poyet is convinced that David Moyes will be just as desperate as he is to relieve the pressure of a "nightmare" season by reaching the final of the League Cup.

While Moyes is being criticised for United's poor league campaign and early FA Cup exit, Poyet is struggling with the pressure that comes with failing to lift Sunderland out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Poyet knows exactly what Moyes is going through as he wrestles with the unenviable task of succeeding Alex Ferguson. "I understand the mentality he has because he knew it would be tough for him, just as I knew it would be tough for me here," he said.

"I also know how difficult it is as well -- expectations of the club and the people. Anybody who walked into Manchester United, you are expected to win every game and win the league, as if it's that simple.

"It's a nice feeling when you become the manager of a top team like Manchester United, but I'm sure now, when he's having a few problems, he's not enjoying it a lot.

"Mine are not the worldwide problems that United have. Theirs are a little bigger and a little bit posher, but I can tell you that the problems are the same. It's about winning games, trying to sort it out, looking for a few players that can help you. They are the same problems, just on a different scale."

Poyet has always put out strong sides in the cup and is being rewarded with the chance to be spoken of in the same terms as the Black Cats side which shocked Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final.

"It is Man United and we know how difficult it will be, but this is the nicest part of the season because the rest has been a nightmare," Poyet said. "So let's try to enjoy it and achieve something." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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