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The Potters are reportedly interested in two of their opponents players

Paolo Di Canio said that if players turned up with mobile phones, he would throw them in the sea

Paolo Di Canio labels Lee Catermole and Phil Bardsley 'rotten' and claims Sunderland captain John O'Shea is two-faced

Di Canio's comments are the latest in a long line of criticisms against the players at his former club after he was sacked in September

Gus Poyet gestures during last weekend's 2-2 draw with Southampton

Transfer news: Sunderland recall Connor Wickham to help battle against relegation

The Black Cats remain in the relegation places despite an upturn in form

Charis Mavrias celebrates with his Sunderland team-mates after scoring against Kidderminster

Sunderland 1 Kidderminster 0 match report: Charis Mavrias gives Sunderland the slightest edge

Black Cats continue their strong cup form this season in a week that has seen them reach the League Cup final and FA Cup fifth round

Manchester United manager David Moyes looks on in downbeat fashion during his club's 2-1 defeat by Swansea

Capital One Cup: Sunderland v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to Tuesday's semi-final first leg at the Stadium of Light

Gus Poyet has seen his Sunderland side thrive in the cups, having won just three times in the league

Sunderland v Manchester United: Gus Poyet tells Sunderland to stop Jekyll and Hyde act and seize big chance in Capital One Cup

Gus Poyet slowly rolled the fingers of his left hand into a fist. “When the opportunity to play in a cup final comes along, you must grasp it,” he said. At least when it comes to cup football, the players he took over in October have listened.

Sunderland 3 Carlisle 1: Gus Poyet insists his squad are relishing a double cup run despite gruelling Premier League relegation battle

Black Cats manager insists he always wanted to play and that his squad are of the exact same mentality ahead of League Cup semi-final

Sunderland Gus Poyet shows his frustration during the 0-0 draw with West Ham

Gus Poyet seeks league boost with Sunderland cup run

Manager has challenged his players to launch a survival drive by dumping star-studded Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup

Frank Lampard uses his head to score Chelsea's first

Chelsea 'attitude and focus' is key to Premier League title push, says Frank Lampard

The Blues are within touching distance of league leaders Arsenal

Paolo Di Canio was incredibly harsh in his criticism of players

Paolo Di Canio explains his views on tomato ketchup, why Phil Bardsley was guilty of treason and that Steven Fletcher was always unhappy

Di Canio has responded to individual criticisms by his former players as well as the man he replaced at the Stadium of Light in Martin O'Neill

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at his predecessor Martin O'Neill for his 'charlatan' jibe

Paolo Di Canio hits back at 'charlatan' jibe by claiming Martin O'Neill 'is not very big' following Sunderland exit

Di Canio was sacked by the Black Cats after five games this season and has responded to O'Neill's jibes by admitting he can teach the Northern Irishman a thing or two

City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on with satisfaction from the City bench

Premier League: Sunderland v Manchester City match preview

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

David Silva with Yaya Toure in training

David Silva injury: Manchester City playmaker could be out for four weeks, reveals Manuel Pellegrini

The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow

Sebastian Larsson credits his Sunderland team-mate Jozy Altidore after he set-up the Swede for the their second goal against Southampton

Sunderland 2 Southampton 1: Gus Poyet hails striker Jozy Altidore after two assists set-up quarter-final clash with Chelsea

Wednesday's birthday boy was on-form for the Black Cats to help them secure a last eight place in the League Cup

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Adnan Januzaj backed to remain grounded by Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

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