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

By on January 7, 2014

Stadium of Light

Manchester United take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tonight in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi final.

United will be looking to bounce back from yet another disappointing home defeat, with Swansea City the latest team to come away from Old Trafford victorious with a 2-1 win on Sunday to knock the Red Devils out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

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The loss heaped the pressure on boss David Moyes following a difficult start to his reign as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. The defending champions currently sit seventh in the Premier League table – a full 11 points off leaders Arsenal – so the Scot will be looking to appease his doubters by moving one step closer to securing silverware in his first season in charge.

United have already seen-off Liverpool, Norwich and Stoke en route to the semi’s and while they will face a Sunderland side that currently props-up the league table, they will be aware that Gus Poyet’s men knocked Chelsea out in the previous round.

The Black Cats lost to Aston Villa last Wednesday making it just one win in seven in the league but they did beat Carlisle 3-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday to maintain their excellent form in the domestic cups.

Team News

Moyes is expected to recall a number of first team regulars for the game after fielding a weakened side against Swansea at the weekend.

David Dea Gea, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra should all return to the back five while Micheal Carrick is expected to start alongside Tom Cleverley in midfield.

Wayne Rooney appears to have won his fitness race after missing the Swansea clash with a knock, and he’s likely to support Danny Welbeck up front.

Robin van Persie and Phil Jones remain injured and they join Nani, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Rafael on the sidelines, while Fabio is suspended following his sending off at the weekend.

Former United defender John O’Shea is expected to return for the home side after missing the last four games with a shoulder injury. The Republic of Ireland international is back in training and should play alongside Wes Brown at the back.

Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite are also in contention after recovering from injury but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and defender Carlos Cuellar (hip) remain on the sidelines.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Adnan Januzaj: The youngster has been a rare shining light in what’s been a difficult season so far and we can see him causing the Sunderland defence all sorts of problems tonight.

Predicted Score

Sunderland 1-2 Man Utd: The hosts will be right up for this one but we predict United will come away with a precious lead heading into the second leg.

What team would you like to see put out and what’s your predicted score? Share your views below.

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6 Comments

  1. akintola olaide

    January 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Moyes should sin players before we are 16 posision in the leAgle table

  2. Jaspal

    January 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I hate moyes

  3. muhammed

    January 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Moyes pls sign player 4 us o

  4. Obafemi Akinyemi

    January 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    What is moyes problem? Let him spend dis money is nt his money he did’nt sign any player last sumer nd dis january again he wnt to repeat it.

  5. Obafemi Akinyemi

    January 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Infact is vry bad to c manu in dis kind of situation 7th position in d table EPL at dis second stage. Let d board fine a better solution before is too late. I love man u wit all my heart.

  6. Antonio

    January 8, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I love wot moyes is doin in Man u, i wsh his contract wil b extended.

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