The Team of Choice take on the defending Absa Premiership champions in a league encounter at Loftus on Wednesday night, 7.30pm kick off.
“It will be a difficult game,” De Reuck conceded, “Sundowns have been doing very well, in the PSL and in the Champions League and they have a lot of quality in their team.”
As difficult a task as United face, going into the match as underdogs could be to their advantage, and if the KZN Capital City club can indeed shock the Brazilians, it could just be the catalyst the team needs to move up the table.
“If we can do it against Sundowns, that will give us confidence to go into every game from here on in, believing that we can beat the best,” the 23-year-old De Reuck said. “It’s up to us and how we approach the game. We understand the situation we are in, but we shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves, because that’s when you make mistakes. We must believe in ourselves and our give it our all.”
Newly-signed midfielder Mpho Matsi has already played two games for the Team of Choice, and the two latest arrivals, strikers Judas Moseamedi and Thabiso Kutumela could also potentially make their Maritzburg debuts on Wednesday night. De Reuck feels the new boys could give United the lift they need.
“It’s very positive from what I’ve seen of Judas, Matsi and Kutumela, they all have a role to play and bring a good balance in the team,” the defender explained. “Obviously we haven’t been scoring goals, we need competition to wake up everyone in the camp for them to give their best.
“I’ve seen the quality our forwards have, we just need to do it on the match day, be more composed in front of goal.
“Like I said, we have enough quality to get the victory, we have made a few signings, and hopefully they can help us go to Pretoria and get the three points. It will be very important for us to keep a clean sheet, because if we don’t concede, we can’t lose.
“It’s not going to be easy, but we just need to believe in ourselves, because nobody else can do it, only we can turn this around.
“This is a very important time for everyone involved at the club, and as players we need to give it our best. Like I said we have the quality in the team to beat Sundowns, we have caused upsets before and I believe we can do it again.”
United have had a decent record of late against Masandawana – whom they beat 3-1 in last season’s Nedbank Cup. The two league matches in the 2017/18 season ended in a 2-2 draw in Pietermaritzburg, and a 1-0 win for Sundowns in Tshwane. Maritzburg also beat Sundowns 1-0 away from home in the 2017 MTN8, while the 2016/17 season’s league results between the two sides were 2-2 and 0-0 draws.