The Spanish centre-back has stated that rumours surrounding the future of the Black Cats' manager has had no effect on the squad despite flirting with the relegation zoneSunderland centre-back Carlos Cuellar has insisted that he and his fellow team-mates are ignoring speculation over manager Martin O'Neill's future.
The Black Cats lie 15th after a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign, with their recent win over fellow relegation strugglers Reading only their third in 16 league games this term.
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"To be honest, the talk of the manager had no influence on the dressing room," Cuellar told the Sunderland Echo.
"All the time, from the manager through to the chairman, they've showed their confidence in the team."
Sunderland travel to Old Trafford on Saturday, a team they have not beaten in their previous 18 attempts and haven't scored against in their past five meetings.