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I won't make same mistake agai- Rich.

Byline: JAMES HUNTER

KIERAN RICHARDSON wants to banish the memory of his nightmare return to the Theatre of Dreams when Sunderland visit Manchester United this weekend.

Ex-Man U midfielder Richardson has only faced his former club at Old Trafford once since moving to Wearside in 2007 - and picked up a red card in the October 2009 encounter.

Sunderland were defending a 2-1 lead five minutes from time when a frustrated Richardson kicked the ball away after Man U had been awarded a free-kick, earning him a second booking and his marching orders.

Ten-man Sunderland could not withstand United's late onslaught and an injury-time own-goal from Anton Ferdinand denied the Black Cats their first win at Old Trafford since 1968.

Richardson is ready to return to Old Trafford for a second time on Saturday and is hoping for better luck this time, as Sunderland aim to upset the champions.

"Injuries have meant I have only played at Old Trafford once since I left, but going back to Manchester United is a big event for me," said the 27-year-old, who is set to continue at left-back. "I played there the season before last with Sunderland and I got sent off, though, which isn't such a great memory!

"I won't make the same mistake again because it is hard enough to play against United with 11 men, never mind 10.

"We know that going to Manchester United will be a hard test for us, but we'll got there and give it a go.

"We've been to Old Trafford before and taken something from the game and that's what we'll be aiming to do again."

Sunderland are the first Premier League side to go to Old Trafford since the Red Devils were thrashed 6-1 by their neighbours Man City.

And, while Manchester United will have played three games in all competitions since that derby defeat - including tonight's home Champions League tie against Otelul Galati - Richardson still expects the Red Devils to be smarting after losing to City.

He said: "It's just our luck to be the first team to go to Old Trafford after the Man City game!

"I watched that game on TV and Man City gave United a hiding, although I'm sure United will bounce back.

"City played very well and they deserve a lot of credit, but the game changed when Jonny Evans was sent off. The players know how much the derby means to the fans and the club. They know that to lose - and lose like that - is heartrending for anyone.

"We know how it feels to lose heavily in a derby, because it happened to us last season at Newcastle.

"But Sir Alex Ferguson is a great manager and he knows how to get a response from his players, so we will have to be aware of that.

"City's emphatic win established their credentials as title contenders, but Richardson believes United are still favourites to finish top of the pile.

He said: "City look very strong and I think they can sustain a title challenge this season. They've got a great squad but, when you've got all the money in the world, you should have a great squad and be challenging for the title.

"I have to say, though, I still fancy Man United to win the league.

"They've got the history and they've got the players who have been there and done it.

"I'm sure that, at the end of the season, they will be there at the top or thereabouts."

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KEY PLAYER Kieran Richardson is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford this weekend - despite being sent off at his old club Manchester United for Sunderland in 2009 (inset)
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 2, 2011
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