From the Boardroom - David Gold

It was heartbreaking for us to lose the game against Tottenham last weekend in the manner which we did.

When they got the equaliser on 89 minutes I thought it was still a very good point but we then gave away an unfortunate penalty and it was so disappointing to lose in the final seconds once again at White Hart Lane.

I was inconsolable for a couple of days after the result, but I managed to take time and reflect on the overall performance and we could have easily come away with a 2-1 victory and the situation would look a lot different for us.

We have to take the positives out of the game and it was great to see Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew back in the starting line-up following lengthy injury lay-offs.

Both players have worked extremely hard to regain full fitness and we hope they will grow even stronger over the coming weeks.

It is fantastic news that Andy Carroll is back in contention for the Manchester United game.

It has been a frustrating time for Andy but our medical team wanted to ensure he was 100 per cent ready and their diligence and patience have paid off.

I am sure that Andy will return to the team stronger and fitter and we hope he can stay fit for a long time now.

We have another big game at Old Trafford on Sunday and hopefully we can show the form that saw us compete so well against all the big teams last season.

I can remember a time when we would fear the worst going to a place like Old Trafford but I don't feel like that anymore.

I am optimistic going into these big games and I believe Slaven and the players feel the same.

I said a number of times last season that we were capable of getting a result against the big teams and hopefully we can do the same on Sunday.

We are well aware that Manchester United are among the biggest clubs in world football and have some big name players.

But I know that when we are producing our best football we can be a match for any team.

There is no question that the Premier League would not be the same without a manager like Jose Mourinho and his record speaks for itself. I am sure that Slaven will look forward to coming up against him.

It is important for us to have Mark Noble available after suspension and have the captain back in the squad rallying the troops.

I am sure everyone will agree with me that Winston Reid was outstanding against Tottenham last weekend and it is such a shame that he was sent off right at the end which rules him out of the game.

But if Slaven sticks with the same formation we have an able substitution ready to come into the side and James Collins never lets us down.

We know the importance of getting a positive result at Old Trafford as we are at the wrong end of the table and the sooner we pull away from danger, the better it will be for everyone.

We have another big game in the EFL Cup quarter final on Wednesday night but all the focus has to surround the league game on Sunday as we need the points.

We want to climb away from the bottom three as soon as possible and things will look a lot different if we can start to look towards the top half of the table.

Enjoy the game on Sunday.