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Fabio Borini says Sunderland must approach their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Manchester United in a positive way and not go to Old Trafford to purely protect their 2-1 lead.
The Black Cats are just 90 minutes from securing a place at Wembley after winning the first game between the two sides at home a fortnight ago.
It was Borini’s penalty which gave Gus Poyet’s men the slender advantage and the Italian striker says they must not be drawn into a false sense of security by the first-leg win.
A draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday night would be enough to see Sunderland back at Wembley for their first major cup final since 1992 but Borini says trying to merely protect that lead is dangerous.
He told the Gazette: “We’re not going there to lose, we’re going there to win. If you try to get a draw, then the first thing that comes to your mind is to lose, and that will happen.
“We’re going there to win, and to play our game. It’s Man United. If you sit back, sooner or later they will score. They’ve got great players.
“We have to play our way to Wembley.”
Whoever comes out on top they are set to face Manchester City in the final ahead of their second leg on Tuesday against West Ham which they hold a huge 6-0 lead over from the first game at the Etihad two weeks ago.