Sunderland vs Man Utd Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 4, 2013

Stadium of Light

Manchester United will look to get their Premier League title defence back on track as they take on bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

The champions slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford last weekend leaving them sitting 12th in the table and a full eight points behind leaders Arsenal, making it their worst start in 24 years.

David Moyes men did secure a hard fought 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday to keep them on track for the knockout stages, but they will have to come away with three points this weekend if they want to keep in touch at the top of the Premiership.

United will face a manager-less Snderland side who currently prop up the table with just 1 point from their opening six games. Caretaker boss Kevin Ball has urged the clubs owners to appoint a new manager as soon as possible but he can be proud of the effort his men put in against Liverpool last weekend, despite coming away on the end of a 3-1 loss.

Team News

Sunderland have been boosted by the news that striker Fabio Borini is available again after being ineligible to face Liverpool on Sunday, but he may have to make do with a place on the bench.

Ball has no new injury worries to contend with so may decide to name an unchanged team after a spirited display last time out. The only absentees are striker Steven Fletcher, and defenders Wes Brown and Andrea Dossena who all remain sidelined through injury.

David Moyes boasts a near fuly-fit squad to choose from this weekend. Striker Wayne Rooney missed the midweek draw in Ukraine with a minor shin complaint but is expected to be recalled on Saturday.

Rio Ferdinand is a doubt as he has a groin problem and is likely to sit this one out meaning Nemanja Vidic will play alongside Jonny Evans at the back once again. Tom Cleverley is the only other doubt but Moyes is likely to stick with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini in midfield in any case.

Danny Welbeck could retain his place after scoring against Shakhtar but Nani, Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa are all pushing for recalls.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Robin van Persie: The Dutchman has had a frustrating start to the season with a niggling groin complaint hampering his progress. But he’s fully fit now and we can see him putting in a big performance this weekend to help United collect a much-needed three points.

Predicted Score

Sunderland 1-2 Man Utd: The Black Cats showed last week that they are up for the fight and we expect this to be a tough afternoon for United, but the champions quality should see them edge this one.

What would be your starting eleven and whats your predicted score? Share your views below.

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8 Comments

  1. Daniel

    October 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Does any one out there kmow why Zaha is not playing?

    • Steve

      October 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      He boned Moyes’ daughter

  2. Henry paiyo

    October 5, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I am telling you that i am a man utd fan if you loss today make sure that you are in problem becouse two games now you are lossing why but today is the last game make sure you are going to win or u leave the club
    thank you

  3. Henry paiyo

    October 5, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Even i am warid since tha begning of the seasion i am not seeing hi playing why

  4. Samuel Richards

    October 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

    David should put in a three man mid-field if we wants united to go back to winning ways with fellaini,carrick and shinji kagawa all starting whilst zaha,januzaj and nani potential wingers to start not valencia please…..

  5. Akande mayowa clement

    October 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Plz we need Zaha and Rafeal on pitch

  6. huko

    October 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

    That boy Januzaj should get time on the pitch today and of-course Zaha.

  7. golden

    October 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hmmm if mantud dnt mak it 2dai #silent

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