|SIR ALEX DEMANDS FAVOUR
|The Manchester United boss is hoping QPR can take points off City on Sunday
The Black Cats go into the game with little to play for, while Manchester United must win the game, and hope Manchester City do not beat QPR at the Etihad Stadium, if they are to retain their title.
Speaking to The Guardian, O’Shea admitted that he was surprised that United have not claimed the Premier League trophy already, having held an eight point advantage over their rivals in recent weeks.
"You would have expected, with all their experience, they would have managed to keep that advantage so close to the end of the season," he said.
"Believe me, the two times City have played against us this season, they knew it wasn't an easy game. We've taken four points off them, and it should have been six if we think about the game at their place [a 3-3 draw in which Sunderland led 3-1]."
O’Shea also praised the managerial expertise of O’Neill, who took over a struggling Black Cats and propelled them into mid-table after a number of oustanding wins.
"I'd heard from other players who had worked with him how passionate he was and how motivational he could be, but you also quickly learn how intelligent he is too,” O’Shea continued.
|THREE AND EASY?
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“All these things are rolled into one. There's an intelligence behind what he does and a psychology behind it, what he says to players at certain times. He's just got this special knack of knowing how to get the best out of players."
Despite Sunderland having little but pride to play for, O’Shea has insisted that his side will continue to play their best against United on Sunday.
"First and foremost, you want to do well for yourself and your own team, it could be a huge game for United, depending on how City do, but we want to finish with a win for our fans and we want to try to get in the top 10," he concluded.