Sbragia texts Fletcher for favour

Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has revealed he has been texting friend and Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, asking the Red Devils to do the Black Cats a favour this weekend. The Wearsiders host Chelsea on the final day of the season knowing a victory against Guus Hiddink's side will guarantee their league survival. However, should they fail to do, all eyes and ears will turn to Villa Park and the KC Stadium, where fellow strugglers Newcastle and Hull will be bidding to avoid the drop against Aston Villa and champions Manchester United respectively. And Sbragia has admitted he has been sharing texts with fellow countryman and United midfielder Fletcher, who is set to feature in a much-changed line-up for the Old Trafford outfit as he is suspended for next Wednesday's Champions League final in Rome. "I sent Fletch a few messages on Monday and he said they are confident about Hull. The fact is you never come up against an easy Manchester United team," he said in The Sun. "I remember years ago, Man U came here and people said it was their reserves and they beat us 3-0 with a young team. "Man United will play a team that can beat Hull, it's as simple as that. Alex won't put out a team of youth players, I will tell you that now. "Whatever team he puts out, I think it will be enough... hopefully. "They have got a lot of depth in their squad and some very good young players as well. They will totally believe they can win the game and that's all we can ask for."