Sunderland vs Manchester United
(English Premier League)
4:08pm – The last team to win the top-flight title after having lost three of their first six games was Portsmouth in 1949-50.
Against West Brom, Wayne Rooney scored from a free-kick for the third Premier League game in a row. The last player to score more in a single season was Cristiano Ronaldo (four in 2008-09).
Sunderland remain one of only three teams that have yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet this season (alongside Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Fulham).
United have never lost a Premier League match at the Stadium of Light. In fact, the Reds have only ever conceded 6 goals at the ground (in 11 games).
John O’Shea holds the record (with Paul Scholes) for the most United appearances vs Sunderland at the Stadium of Light (7). He will captain The Black Cats on Saturday.
Kevin Ball was in caretaker charge when Sunderland earned a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in the 2005-06 season.
United are unbeaten against Sunderland in the last 19 matches, all in the Premier League.
4:32pm – The Manchester United team news for Sunderland away in the English Premier League have just been released and are below:
Rafael, Vidic, Jones, Evra,
Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj
Rooney, van Persie.