Kilgallon: Sunderland want to finish on a high against Manchester United

Former Leeds United defender is hoping to cap a remarkable turnaround, for both for him and the club, with a final day victory over the title-chasing Red Devils

Sunderland defender Matthew Kilgallon has insisted that his side will be doing everything they can to win on Sunday when they welcome Manchester United.

The Red Devils need to better Manchester City’s result at home to relegation-threatened QPR to retain the Premier League crown.

Since Martin O’Neill took over from Steve Bruce as manager, the Black Cats have climbed up the table and the defender maintains that they are aiming to finish as high as possible after a disappointing start to the season.

“Sunday will be huge,” Kilgallon told the Sunderland Echo. “It will be on TV and the fact that it [the title race] has gone to the last day makes it more exciting.

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“But we want to finish as high as we can and if we can get the three points then we could still finish 10th.”

Kilgallon’s own turnaround started on January 1, when he came into the team as Sunderland beat Manchester City 1-0 with a late Ji Dong-Won winner.

Since then the centre-back has gone on to cement his place in the first team and is confident that his side can gain a similar result against City’s rivals in the final game of the season.

“We did well in that game on New Year’s Day. We got three points so why can’t we do that again," he opined.

“It seems to suit us when teams are on top of us that we can counter.”